After the Westchester High School Comets boys basketball team successfully defended its Los Angeles City Section championship this season, the team’s bid to defend its Division I state title came to an end in the Southern California regional semifinals Thursday, March 9th.
The Comets lost 64-51 to visiting Los Alamitos High School, ending Westchester’s impressive 29-game win streak in the playoffs.
Westchester (25-7) last lost a playoff game in the 2001 Southern California Division I regionals.
In last year’s successful season, Westchester captured all of the major titles, including the league, city, and Division I regional and state championships.
Although the Comets finished in second place behind rival Fairfax High School in the Western League this season, Westchester made up for it with a victory over Fairfax in the city championship semifinals.
The Comets then went on to defeat Taft High School for their second consecutive city championship, which gave Westchester the top seed in the Division I regional playoffs.
Westchester managed to carry the momentum into the regional first round with a 67-56 victory at home over Ventura, but the Comets met their match against fourth-seeded Los Alamitos (29-4).
While the Comets struggled early on offense with only seven points in the first quarter, they racked up 22 points in the second quarter to take a narrow 29-28 lead at halftime.
But the tough zone defense, composed of taller players from Los Alamitos, gave Westchester more offensive trouble in the second half and the Comets were unable to fight back.
Senior guard Landry Fields was a big factor in offense for Los Alamitos by scoring a game-high 24 points.
Sophomore guard Jarred Dubois, who finished with 20 points, including four three-pointers, was the only Westchester player to score in double figures.
Senior forward Brett Goodwell, junior forward Dane Suttle and senior guard Ahmaad Cook each scored nine points in the game for Westchester.