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Boys' basketball: It's time for Alex Copeland to show his stuff

June 23, 2013 | 11:50 am

There are so many top players scheduled to participate in the Fairfax summer basketball tournament beginning Monday that it's a great opportunity to see how the players perform in a high-quality setting.

One player to watch is junior guard Alex Copeland of Harvard-Westlake. He averaged 8.4 points last season as a sophomore with mostly drives to the basket. He has worked hard on improving his outside shot, and he has been scoring much better for the Wolverines in summer tournaments.

Harvard-Westlake opens against El Camino Real on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. Other openers: Loyola vs. Santa Monica in a rematch of last season's regional final at 4 p.m.; Crespi vs. Corona Centennial at 5:30 p.m. and Compton vs. Chino Hills at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, it's Chaminade vs. Orange Lutheran at 4 p.m.; La Canada vs. Fairfax at 5:30 p.m.; Brentwood vs. Mater Dei at 7 p.m. and Long Beach Poly vs. Alemany at 8:30 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Brentwood guard Tra Holder, an Arizona State commit, has been sidelined with an ankle injury. He will test his ankle to see if he can play. Stanley Johnson of Mater Dei is supposed to play in the early games. Loyola will be without Parker Jackson-Cartwright for the first two games, because he's away at a camp.

-- Eric Sondheimer