In boys basketball games:
The St. Bernard High School Vikings fell to Del Rey League leader Serra High School for the second time this season after a 61-44 loss at home Friday, January 28th.
The Vikings (15-8, 2-3), who opened league play with a 70-63 loss at Serra High January 7th, fell behind 32-24 at halftime during the second meeting and were unable to answer the offensive attack of the Cavaliers (16-6, 5-0).
Junior point guard Winsor Williams led St. Bernard scoring with 19 points.
The Vikings then picked up a 66-46 non-league victory over host Pacifica High School Saturday, January 29th. Senior guard John Wilson scored 15 points and senior forward Ron Houston added 13 points in the win against Pacifica.
Venice High School defeated host University High for the second time this year with a 89-73 Western League win Friday, January 28th.
The Gondoliers (5-10, 3-3) jumped ahead 43-26 at halftime and were led by senior forward Larry Johnson, who scored 27 points. Junior guard Noah Gottlieb also came up big for Venice with 21 points in the victory.
The Westchester High School Comets continued their cruise through the Western League with a 73-58 victory at Palisades High School Friday, January 28th.
The Comets (12-2, 6-0) remain at the top of the league after grabbing their sixth straight league victory.
Senior center Amir Johnson finished with 17 points for Westchester, which is ranked number one in the Southland by the Los Angeles Times. The Comets will take on another nationally-ranked team in Oak Hill Academy of Virginia at the Anaheim Convention Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 5th.
Santa Monica High School suffered its first Ocean League loss this season in a narrow 49-47 defeat to Hawthorne High at home Wednesday, January 26th.
The Vikings (14-7, 4-1), who entered the game in first place in the league standings, had won five consecutive games before falling to fifth-place Hawthorne.
The St. Monica High School Mariners picked up their first victory in five games after a 60-57 non-league win over host St. Genevieve High School Monday, January 31st.
The Mariners (8-9, 2-4) got a boost in score after a 9-0 run with over three minutes left to take the victory. Junior guard John Khela led St. Monica with 22 points.
In girls basketball games:
Venice High School earned its fourth-consecutive Western League victory with a 63-43 win at home over University High School Friday, January 28th.
The Gondoliers (12-5, 5-1) are currently in first place in the league and will battle league rival Westchester High at home Wednesday, February 2nd.
Venice junior forward Ivory Blockmon finished with 21 points and nine rebounds and senior guard Chelsea Fujitaki scored 19 points in the win over University.
The Santa Monica High School Vikings defeated Ocean League leader Morningside with a 55-46 victory at home Friday, January 28th.
The Vikings (14-6, 5-1) got revenge against Morningside after losing 52-44 January 12th, and Santa Monica has won five straight league games.
Santa Monica was led by senior guard Amanda McGrew, who scored 13 points, and senior center Rebecca Frank finished with ten points and ten rebounds in the victory.
The Westchester High School Comets suffered their first Western League loss after a 44-40 defeat to Palisades High at home Friday, January 28th.
The Comets (5-4, 5-1) remain in second place in the league behind rival Venice High.
St. Monica High School lost 52-40 to Camino Real League leader Cantwell-Sacred Heart High School in a visiting league game Thursday, January 27th.
The Mariners (12-10, 4-2), who opened league play with a 54-42 win over Cantwell-Sacred Heart January 11th, trailed 26-14 at halftime in the teams’ second meeting.
The St. Bernard High School Vikings (4-12, 0-5) lost 78-25 to Del Rey League powerhouse Bishop Montgomery High in a visiting league game Thursday, January 27th.