In high school boys basketball games:
The St. Bernard High School Vikings defeated host Bishop Amat High School 55-32 Friday, January 11th, to earn their first Del Rey League victory this season.
The Vikings (10-9, 1-1) took control early with a 19-8 lead in the first quarter and went into halftime with a comfortable 26-16 lead.
Senior Ken Jones led St. Bernard with 13 points and four rebounds. Seniors Devin Price and Sherman Ratliff each scored ten points in the victory.
The Vikings will next host rival Serra High School of Gardena in a league game at 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 23rd.
The St. Monica High School Mariners defeated visiting Mary Star of the Sea High School 59-35 Friday, January 11th, to pick up a second convincing Camino Real League victory.
After defeating La Salle High 50-39 January 9th, the Mariners (13-5, 2-1) grabbed a 19-11 halftime lead on the way to victory over Mary Star. St. Monica was well in control with a 36-21 lead in the third quarter and put the game away with 23 points in the final period.
David Holguin led the Mariners with 12 points and 18 rebounds and Eleazar Capuz added 11 points.
St. Monica will next play at Cantwell-Sacred Heart High in a league game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 18th.
Senior guard Oscar Bellfield scored 20 points, including five three-pointers, to help lead the Westchester High School Comets to a dominating 85-46 Western League victory over visiting University High School Monday, January 14th.
The Comets (17-2, 3-0), ranked third in the Southland by the Los Angeles Times, jumped out to a 29-12 lead at halftime and put on a scoring show in the third quarter with 39 points.
Senior Jarred Dubois finished with nine points and Dominique O’Connor and Deshun McCoy each added eight points.
Westchester will next face its first match-up of the season against rival Fairfax High School, the seventh-ranked team by the Los Angeles Times, in a visiting league game at 7 p.m. Friday, January 18th. The Comets are seeking to avenge their losses to Fairfax last season, when the Lions went on to win the city and state titles.
After winning back-to-back Western League games, the Venice High School Gondoliers were defeated 59-49 by visiting Palisades High School in a league game Monday, January 14th.
The Gondos (11-9, 2-2) held a 15-11 lead at the end of the first quarter but trailed Palisades 30-26 at the half.
Jordan Borucki and Andre Winn both led Venice with ten points in the game.
Venice will next host Hamilton High School in a league game at 7 p.m. Friday, January 18th.
In high school girls basketball games:
The Westchester High School Comets earned a 58-56 victory over host University High School in a Western League game Monday, January 14th.
The Comets (6-12, 2-1) trailed early in the game but took a 32-29 lead into halftime on the way to the narrow win.
Westchester will next face visiting Fairfax High in a league game at 4 p.m. Thursday, January 17th.
After earning back-to-back Western League wins, the Venice High School Gondoliers lost 52-49 to host Palisades High School in a league game Monday, January 14th.
The Gondoliers (5-13, 2-2) will next play against host Hamilton High School in a league game at 4 p.m. Friday, January 18th.
The Santa Monica High School Vikings were handed their first loss in six games in a 49-46 Ocean League defeat to host Inglewood High School Friday, January 11th.
The Vikings (13-4, 1-1) went ahead 25-22 at halftime but Inglewood held them to just five points in the third quarter on the way to the victory.
The loss came after dominating back-to-back victories by the Vikings in their previous two games.
Santa Monica will next host Culver City High School in a league game at 6 p.m. Friday, January 18th.