In high school boys basketball games:
The Westchester High School Comets soared to a dominating 87-45 victory over host L.A. CES in a Western League game Monday, January 28th.
It was the third consecutive commanding victory in the league for Westchester since losing its first league game to Fairfax High January 18th.
The Comets (21-3, 7-1), currently in second place in the league standings, will next play at University High School in a league game at 7 p.m. Friday, February 1st.
The Santa Monica High School Vikings grabbed a 50-43 Ocean League victory over visiting Morningside High School Friday, January 25th, to take over first place in the league standings.
The Vikings (16-6, 5-1) then defeated St. Augustine High of San Diego 42-31 in a non-league game Saturday, January 26th to pick up their fifth consecutive victory.
In the game against Morningside, senior Ed Willis scored 17 points to lead the Vikings, who took a 23-14 advantage at halftime.
Santa Monica is next scheduled to face host Beverly Hills High School in a league game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 1st.
St. Bernard High School narrowly lost 59-58 to Otay Ranch High of Chula Vista in overtime at a tournament game Saturday, January 26th.
The Vikings (12-11, 3-2) jumped ahead 17-10 in the first quarter but were held to just two points in the second quarter as Otay Ranch went into halftime with a 26-19 lead.
Devin Price scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead St. Bernard. Ken Jones added 14 points and seven rebounds.
The overtime loss came a day after the Vikings cruised to a 65-49 Del Rey League win over Bosco Tech High.
St. Bernard will next face Bishop Amat High in a league game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 1st.
The St. Monica High School Mariners were ahead at halftime but visiting St. Paul High School fought back in the second half to defeat the Mariners 51-46 in a Camino Real League game Friday, January 25th.
After the Mariners took a 24-18 halftime lead, St. Paul held them to just five points in the third quarter on the way to victory.
David Holguin led the Mariners with 13 points and Jonathon Azer and Calvin Scott were right behind with 12 points each in the game.
St. Monica (15-7, 3-3) will next play at Mary Star of the Sea High School in a league game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 1st.
In high school girls basketball games:
The Westchester High School Comets were narrowly defeated 58-55 by visiting L.A. CES in a Western League game Monday, January 28th.
The loss came after the Comets grabbed a 62-30 blowout victory over host Hamilton High in a league game January 25th.
Westchester (8-15, 4-4) is next scheduled to play visiting University High School in a league game at 7 p.m. Friday, February 1st.
The Venice High School Gondoliers defeated visiting University High School 52-42 in a Western League game Monday, January 28th, to remain in second place in the league standings.
The Gondoliers trailed 23-19 at halftime, but they racked up 19 points and held University to six points in the fourth quarter to close out the victory.
Venice (8-14, 5-3) will next host Palisades High School in a league game at 4 p.m. Friday, February 1st.
The St. Monica High School Mariners earned a 53-39 victory over the visiting St. Bernard High School Vikings in a Camino Real League game Thursday, January 24th, to take over second place in the league standings.
St. Monica (14-9, 3-2) jumped out to a 21-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and went into halftime with a 20-point lead. St. Bernard (1-17, 0-4) held the Mariners to nine points in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.
Cory LaGuardia led St. Monica with 21 points and eight rebounds and Kaitlin Wilcox added 13 points.
The Mariners will next host St. Paul High in a league game at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 31st. St. Bernard will play at La Salle High in a league game Tuesday, February 5th.