With tournament and non-league games for both boys and girls’ teams, basketball burst onto the local sports scene last week.
Play has continued this week with the annual Beverly Hills Tournament heading the array of activity.
Crossroads has had dominant teams in the past and Torrance has seldom been a major power. But that changed with the emergence of 6-foot-8 Deon Thompson at Torrance, a player recruited by many major college programs last summer before he chose North Carolina.
He’ll be there next season but now he’s at Torrance and he led the way with six blocked shots in an 87-21 rout of Crossroads on the opening night of the Redondo Pacific Shores Tournament. He also broke an ankle in that game and is expected to be out a month.
Santa Monica, playing in the same tournament, lost its opening game to Redondo, 56-52, but went on to earn its first win of the season by handing Crossroads another one-sided defeat, 70-42 and then defeated Palisades, 67-43 before losing to Long Beach Jordan, 57-44.
Crossroads’ record grew to 0-3 with a 75-43 tournament loss to Brentwood.
In the Hilltop Tournament at Peninsula High, Peninsula defeated St. Monica, 71-56. St. Monica then lost to San Pedro, 74-55, lost to Long Beach Poly, 63-32 and defeated Rolling Hills Prep, 54-43.
New Roads went to the Laguna Blanca Tournament and lost its season opener to Arrowhead Christian, 70-64 before defeating Holy Martyrs, 71-61.
The first game played on the Westside this season was a 60-49 non-league victory by the Brentwood girls over Oaks Christian. Also in girls’ play, St. Monica won its opener at Westridge of Pasadena, 51-12.
The Santa Monica High School girls are off to a 4-0 start with wins over Agoura (57-33), Newbury Park (48-47), Camarillo (42-18) and Moorpark (57-50) to take the Moorpark tournament. Ranked sixth
In Divison 6, the team will play in the Marlborough tournament this week
The Crossroads girls were edged in the opening round of the Buckley Tournament, 36-34 by Pilgrim.
Venice defeated Carson, 79-65 and St. Bernard, 71-33. Palisades defeated Locke, 69-36 and lost to New Roads, 45-43.