Placing themselves among the most dominant boys basketball programs in Los Angeles over the last ten years, the Westchester High School Comets have captured the school’s seventh City Section Championship of the decade.
The top-seeded Comets defeated third-seeded Taft High of Woodland Hills 60-55 to win the city title at the Galen Center Friday, March 6th. It was Westchester’s tenth city championship under coach Ed Azzam.
Taft had reached the title game after upsetting Fairfax High, which shared the Western League crown with the Comets.
Westchester (31-2) then carried the momentum from its city championship into the Division I playoffs, picking up a dominating 85-51 victory at home over Central High of Fresno in the first round of the Southern California Regional playoffs Monday, March 9th.
The Comets jumped out to a comfortable 25-13 lead in the first quarter against Central and went into halftime leading 42-26. The team added another 24 points in the third quarter on the way to the convincing victory.
Jordin Mayes scored 19 points to lead Westchester, while junior center Reggie Murphy contributed 17 points.
The City Section final was a much more challenging task for the Comets, who were tested by Taft throughout the game. After Westchester took a 30-26 lead into halftime, Taft scored 20 points in the third quarter to overtake the lead.
The teams stayed close until the final minutes, when Taft missed critical free throws and Westchester was able to hold on. Mayes was also Westchester’s top scorer against Taft with 18 points, including three three-pointers. DeShun McCoy and Kareem Jamar each added 12 points for the Comets.
Taft was led by Michael Williams, who finished with a game-high 32 points, including five three-pointers.
Westchester defeated El Camino High of Oceanside 65-52 in the second round of the Division I regionals Tuesday, March 10th. The Comets will meet rival Fairfax High in the semifinals at Los Angeles Southwest College at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12th.