First Place Vikings Boys Win Big Vs. Hawthorne

Malachi Jones of Santa Monica jumps into the air for a layup around Hawthorne’s Derell Jones. Photos: Morgan Genser.

Samo boys dominate in front of home crowd.

By Chad Winthrop

The Santa Monica High School Vikings boys basketball team won big at home on Friday, Dec. 14, beating the Hawthorne High School Cougars by a score of 111-13, the largest margin the Vikings have won by this season.

Almost as impressive as the score was the first quarter, where the Santa Monica boys outscored Hawthorne 32-0. The second quarter was nearly as lopsided, with the Santa Monica holding Hawthorne to four points, as the Vikings walked away at halftime up 55-4.

The second half of the game started with a somewhat competitive third quarter, with Hawthorne scoring nine points, but in the fourth quarter, Santa Monica held the Cougars scoreless again to earn a 111-13 victory.

The scoreboard shows the aftermath of the game.

After this lopsided win, on Dec. 22 the Vikings dropped a close 62-52 game versus Loyola High School. On December 26, the boys got back on the winning track and picked up a 64-60 victory over Wilson High School. The Vikings’ record stands at 9-3 as the boys sit atop the Ocean League standings.