Three teams from the Olympic League will qualify for the CIF boys’ basketball playoffs.
Campbell Hall, which is ranked nationally, is expected to be one. A scramble is likely among several other teams who would like to be invited a couple of months from now.
Brentwood took a step by defeating Crossroads, 61-56, in a home game on Friday, January 5.
Crossroads remains in strong contention. The Roadrunners began league play with a 63-37 win at Montclair Prep and have an overall 10-7 record.
Crossroads had a 32-21 lead over Brentwood at halftime but the game was tied after three quarters. Crossroads went ahead by one point with a minute to play on a lay-up by Michael Ojo, but couldn’t hold the lead.
Crossroads missed 14 free throws in the game.
“We’ve had problems with free throws all season and this time it hurt us,” said Coach Kevin Brown.
Ojo, a 6-foot-3 senior, scored 27 points.
“He played an outstanding game,” said Brown. “His focus was really there.”
Although Crossroads lost, Brown said it was good to be part of the experience – a game between nearby league rivals featuring rooters from both schools and the outcome in doubt most of the way.
“It was a good environment for a high school game,” he said.
The teams will have another league meeting Friday night, February 2, at Crossroads.
At times Crossroads has shown the ability to be a strong defensive team. In the win over Montclair Prep, Crossroads had a 30-24 halftime lead and held the home team to 13 second-half points.