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Boys' basketball: Westchester gets late basket to beat Fairfax, 65-64 [Video]

January 18, 2013 |  9:20 pm

Nick Hamilton scored on a layup with eight seconds left for the game-winning basket as Westchester took over sole possession of first place in the Western League with a 65-64 victory over Fairfax at Fairfax.

Fairfax (12-7, 3-1), playing one of its best games of the season, opened an eight-point lead going into the fourth quarter. The Lions' 2-3 zone defense was effective and forced Westchester to try to score from long range. But the Comets toughened up their defense in the fourth quarter and made six consecutive free throws to rally and improve to 17-5 overall and 5-0 in league.

Matthew Grant finished with 16 points. Myles Stewart made four three-pointers.

Jonathan Brown and Chaunce Hill each had 14 points for Fairfax. Lindsey Drew had given Fairfax a 64-63 lead on an offensive rebound basket with 20 seconds left.

"We must have won, because all the kids were happy," Westchester Coach Ed Azzam said. "Somehow, we did enough good things in the third and fourth quarters to win."

Said Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani: "We neglected a couple of blockouts, and they took advantage. I like our team. We've got a month to keep getting better."

University defeated Hamilton, 70-40. Palisades defeated LACES, 73-42.

In the West Valley League, El Camino Real defeated Granada Hills, 58-37. Julian Richardson had 18 points. Chatsworth defeated Taft, 66-61. In the East Valley League, Grant defeated Verdugo Hills, 62-52. Sherman Cromartie scored 16 points.

In the Coliseum League, Crenshaw defeated View Park, 76-53. Andre Edwards scored 33 points and had 12 rebounds.

-- Eric Sondheimer