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Boys' basketball: Max Hazzard leads Loyola past Santa Monica

June 24, 2013 |  5:16 pm

In an opening game of the Fairfax tournament on Monday, junior guard Max Hazzard continued his improved three-point shooting skills, contributing 22 points in Loyola's 59-55 victory over Santa Monica.

Hazzard made four three-pointers. He has been more of a driver and facilitator, but with the graduation of Trey Mason, he's starting to become a long-range shooter.

"Shooting threes is new for me," he said. "I usually attack the basket, but I need to add it to my game if I want to play at the next level."

Loyola played without Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who is at a camp until later in the week. Junior guard Nuwr'iyl Williams had a big game for Santa Monica, scoring 23 points. Sophomore Jonah Mathews added 18 points.

Khalil Bedart-Ghani, who had a spectacular dunk against Mater Dei in the Crespi tournament, added another dunk against Santa Monica.

Loyola will play on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals against Corona Centennial.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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