In high school boys basketball games:

In the first of this season’s highly anticipated battles between two Western League and City Section rivals, the Westchester High School Comets stood on top at the end with a 78-73 league victory over host Fairfax High School Friday, January 16th.

It was the fifth consecutive win for the Comets (17-1, 3-0) since they suffered their only loss of the season against Winter Park of Florida.

Westchester held a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter against Fairfax and scored 20 points in the second quarter to take a 39-31 lead at halftime.

Fairfax, led by Renardo Sidney’s game-high 34 points, outscored the Comets in the third quarter but could not overtake the lead.

Point guard Dominique O’Connor led Westchester with 22 points, including three three-pointers. Jordin Mayes added 18 points and Denzel Douglas finished with 12 points.

Westchester will next face visiting Hamilton High in a league game at 7 p.m. Friday, January 23rd.

The Venice High School Gondoliers picked up their first Western League victory of the season with a commanding 59-35 win over visiting Hamilton High School Friday, January 16th.

The two teams were each held to just six points for one quarter in the first half, but Venice took a narrow 22-20 lead into halftime.

The Gondos (8-9-1, 1-1) then held Hamilton to single digits in both the third and fourth quarters and racked up 20 points in the fourth quarter to cruise to victory.

Venice will next play at L.A. CES in a league game at 4 p.m. Thursday, January 22nd.

The St. Bernard High School Vikings were defeated 61-44 by host Cathedral High School in a Del Rey League game Friday, January 16th.

After trailing 26-19 at halftime, the Vikings scored 18 points in the third quarter to overtake the lead. But Cathedral outscored the Vikings 26-7 in the final quarter to close out the victory.

Emmanuel Alloh scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead St. Bernard, while Marcus Darrington finished with 14 points.

St. Bernard (10-10, 0-2) will next play against visiting Bishop Amat in a league game Friday, January 23rd.

The Santa Monica High School Vikings lost 74-51 to host Inglewood High School in an Ocean League game Friday, January 16th.

The loss followed a narrow 69-68 defeat to Morningside High in the league opener.

Inglewood jumped out to an early lead over Santa Monica with 24 points in the first quarter and held the advantage from then on.

The Vikings are next scheduled to host Culver City High in a league game Friday, January 23rd.

St. Monica High School was defeated 72-56 by visiting St. Paul High School in a Camino Real League game Friday, January 16th.

After the Mariners held a 28-24 advantage at halftime, St. Paul surged ahead with 23 and 25 points in the third and fourth quarters respectively to take the victory.

Ryan Capiro scored 19 points to lead the Mariners, while Richard Gibson added 12 points and eight rebounds in the game.

St. Monica (12-5, 1-1) will play at Mary Star of the Sea High in a league game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 23rd.