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Senior power forward Bre’lon Leverette and the Westchester Comets soared past Fairfax 67-40. Photo by Jason Lewis Taft is the best team in the valley, and they are the team to beat in the City Section. By Jason LewisSentinel Sports Editor
Westchester and Fairfax have been the class of the City Section for the past decade. It’s the biggest match up around, but last week’s rivalry game was out of the ordinary. Westchester easily handled Fairfax in their 67-40 victory. This game was never close, as Westchester darted out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back. By halftime the score was 38-22 and there were no signs that Fairfax would be making any type of comeback. Westchester senior power forward Trevone Williams pretty much had his way all night, scoring 15 points, and senior guard Joshua Wilson finished with 11.As good as Westchester is, they still have to go through Woodland Hills Taft for the City title. All indications say that this is Taft’s year, and they have already knocked off Westchester 71-60, in a game that Taft controlled from start to finish at the Westchester tournament. Westchester will most likely have another shot at Taft, because it would be shocking if either of these teams do not make the City championship game. As for Fairfax, since Renardo Sidney left the school in scandalous fashion, there seems to be a dark cloud over the program. The CIF has been closely watching the program and making it hard for basketball players to transfer in. This school year Landon Drew, son of former NBA player Larry Drew, transferred in from Taft, and Brendyn Taylor transferred in from View Park. Each player lives in Encino, and both juniors are considered to be future All-City guards. Against Westchester, Drew was able to play, but Taylor was declared ineligible, even though he had played in seven games following approval of hardship waiver for transfer. Without Taylor, and with a lot of young talent, Fairfax is going to struggle for another year. After the Westchester loss they fell to University 48-56. The days of Fairfax competing with Westchester and Taft for City and State titles are not over, but they certainly are on pause for the time being.
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