After being handed a defeat in the Los Angeles City Section playoffs, the Westchester High School Comets boys basketball team was knocked out of the Southern California Regional Division I playoffs in the second round with a 77-75 loss to visiting King of Riverside Tuesday, March 4th.

The Comets were looking to make up for their narrow semifinal loss to rival Fairfax High School in the City Section playoffs with a run at the state Division I crown. They soared through the first round of the state regionals with a 76-54 victory over visiting Rancho Verde High School of Moreno Valley Monday, March 3rd.

In the game against King, Westchester took a narrow 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the King defense limited the Comets to just ten points in the second quarter and King went into halftime with a 38-26 lead.

The Comets bounced back to outscore King in both the third and fourth quarters, but King was able to hold off the Westchester threat to take the narrow win.

Dominique O’Connor scored 18 points to lead Westchester. Jarred Dubois and Cordell Hadnot each finished with 13 points, Dwayne Polee scored 12 points and Oscar Bellfield added 11 points for the Comets.

Westchester, which shared the Western League title with Fairfax this season, finished with an overall record of 29-5.

King will next play Taft High School of Woodland Hills in the Division I regional game Thursday, March 6th.

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