Boys' basketball: Poly earns share of first league title since 2007 [Video]
Can one player make a difference on a basketball team? The answer is a resounding yes at Sun Valley Poly, where sophomore guard Cesar Reyes checked in this season from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and the result on Friday night was the Parrots earning a share of their first East Valley League championship since 2007.
Reyes scored 26 points, including 20 in the second half, to help Poly defeat Van Nuys Grant, 70-51, ending Grant's 39-game league winning streak. Poly and Grant finished with 11-1 records, but Poly defeated Grant in two of three games this season, which means the Parrots could be the No. 2 seed behind Los Angeles when the City Section Division III pairings are announced on Saturday.
Poly's guards led the victory. Besides Reyes, Sal Gonzalez scored 16 points and point guard Brian Sanchez, another sophomore, had eight points and was effective getting the Parrots into their offense. Poly made 11 three-pointers on the night. Tullio Parry had 21 points for Grant, which struggled against Poly's 2-3 zone defense.
First-year Coach Alan Woskanian has turned around a team that was 11-17 last season. Poly is 16-7. Grant is 20-7.
-- Eric Sondheimer