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Boys' basketball: London Perrantes has taken game to another level

January 9, 2013 |  9:19 am

In case you haven't noticed, senior point guard London Perrantes of Encino Crespi is playing as well as any player in Southern California.

He has scored 30 or more points in four of his last five games in leading the Celts (12-5) to a 2-0 start in the Mission League. He's averaging 19.8 points for a team that has gone small in its lineup, opening up the court and creating opportunities for the Virginia-bound Perrantes to show his versatility and athleticism.

Perrantes didn't start the season with a scoring mentality, but he sure has picked things up of late.

"I don't think I did anything in particular that I wasn't asking him to do earlier in the year," Coach Russell White said. "He's shooting a much higher percentage than earlier. The court is more open. There's a few more gaps for him to attack. He's playing at an extremely high level, and I prefer not to get in his way."

Crespi faces St. Francis Wednesday, Chaminade on Friday and Loyola on Monday. Few had the Celts among the league's top teams a couple weeks ago. But as demonstrated last season, with Max Guercy at Alemany, point guards can lift a team on their back and go a long ways.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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