The Westchester High School Comets have again risen to the top of the state in boys basketball.
The Comets earned back-to-back California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division I state championships with a 63-56 victory over Newark Memorial at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield Saturday, March 27th. It was the sixth state title for Westchester High, which also picked up Western League, Los Angeles City Section and Southern California Regional championships this season.
Westchester (32-3) successfully defended each of its major titles from last season after defeating Taft High 70-60 in the City Section final and powerhouse Mater Dei High 71-63 in the Southern California Regional final. After a 62-44 loss to Rice of New York in January, the Comets finished their season with 16 consecutive victories.
In the Division I championship, the Comets took a narrow lead in the first quarter but held Newark (30-5) to just seven points in the second to take a 30-18 lead at halftime. Newark responded by outscoring Westchester in both the third and fourth quarters but it was not enough to overtake the lead and the Comets held on for the win.
Senior guard Kareem Jamar was the top scorer for Westchester with 16 points, while seniors Denzel Douglas added 12 points and Jordin Mayes finished with 11 points. Senior Dwayne Polee, the City Section player of the year, scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds.