Prep basketball: Harvard-Westlake wins double-overtime thriller

Robert Horry was identified for making huge photographs as a seven-time NBA champion. Now his son, Christian, is creating his personal id together with his protection. Simply name him The Stopper. First on the finish of regulation, then within the second additional time, Horry made essential defensive performs to assist No. 1 Harvard-Westlake escape with an 85-78 double-overtime win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame earlier than a hostile sold-out health club.

“I love it,” the 6-foot-2 junior mentioned. “Anything I can do for the team.”

Each groups had been refusing to budge, combining to make 10 consecutive free throws at one level below stress within the two additional time intervals. Notre Dame (14-8, 3-1) was severely hampered when guard Caleb Foster fouled out simply earlier than the top of regulation. He had 20 factors, and his absence allowed the Wolverines (21-1, 4-0) to give attention to Dusty Stromer and Mercy Miller. Foster was near unstoppable on drives, both scoring or drawing fouls.

With 9.2 seconds left within the first additional time, Nikolas Khamenia tied it by making two free throws for Harvard-Westlake. Within the second additional time, the Wolverines lastly broke free. Jacob Huggins and Brady Dunlap every had two baskets. Notre Dame had misplaced its firepower with out Foster.

Brady Dunlap of Harvard-Westlake goes in opposition to Dusty Stromer of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in a double-overtime thriller by the Wolverines.

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The Wolverines had 5 gamers attain double figures in scoring. Trent Perry had 27 factors, Huggins 18 factors and 11 rebounds, Khamenia 15 factors, Dunlap 14 and Robert Hinton 11. Stromer scored 21 factors and Miller 18 to help Foster.

It was an enormous win for Harvard-Westlake, which hosts Sierra Canyon on Friday in a difficult however enjoyable week of Mission League basketball mania.

“This is what I practice for, playing in front of a lot people putting on a show,” Khamenia mentioned.

Ultimately, the Wolverines discovered a technique to win, similar to they did a pair weeks in the past in a triple additional time thriller in opposition to Bishop Montgomery. Having Horry able to be a defensive stopper positive helps.

“He’s a great on-ball defender,” coach David Rebibo mentioned. “We always look for him when we need a stop. I’m proud of the guys.”

Sierra Canyon 61, St. Francis 43: They’ve lived, for a lot of their highschool lives, on buses. On planes. The Sierra Canyon Trailblazers have gone country-wide, even worldwide, enjoying in entrance of hundreds.

However considered one of their hardest exams of the season Wednesday night time got here not in Georgia, not in Oregon, however with a deafening St. Francis Excessive scholar part in La Cañada Flintridge. Children in neon inexperienced and orange and pink packed “The Dungeon” of their residence health club, inflicting such a ruckus that the Trailblazers appeared nearly unable to listen to coach Andre Chevalier’s guttural screams from the sidelines.

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“I think they were a little bit affected by the noise,” Chevalier mentioned. “Took them a while to get adjusted to it.”

In an emotional battle, junior Isaiah Elohim stepped up with a bevy of midrange pull-ups and rim assaults to guide the Trailblazers with 24 factors. Taking part in by contact all night time, he buried a fourth-quarter three and blew a three-finger kiss to the gang, the capper in a hard-fought night time.

Sierra Canyon was enjoying with out senior Bronny James, who Chevalier mentioned was resting his knee. James had surgical procedure to restore a torn meniscus in early 2021.

Junior Justin Pippen, although, began rather than James and had among the best video games of his highschool profession, hitting three threes and enjoying robust protection. St. Francis senior level guard Jackson Mosley, son of East Los Angeles School males’s basketball coach and “Last Chance U” star John Mosley, scored 12 for St. Francis.

St. John Bosco 55, Santa Margarita 30: Elzie Harrington had 14 factors for the Braves, who led 12-0 after the primary quarter.

Crenshaw 58, King/Drew 51: The Cougars (18-2) helped their Metropolis Part Open Division seeding with an vital win within the Coliseum League. Jeremiah Blackmon scored 17 factors and AJ Robinson 12 for the Cougars.

Santa Monica 54, Culver Metropolis 45: Joshua Hecht had 19 factors for Santa Monica.

Oak Park 62, Simi Valley 58: Trey McDonald completed with 20 factors for Oak Park.

Women’ basketball

Birmingham 74, El Camino Actual 46: S’riaya Peters scored 17 factors and Sammy Velasquez added 16 for Birmingham.

Instances employees author Luca Evans contributed to this roundup.