Westchester’s Myles Stewart helped Westchester avoid an upset loss to long time rival Fairfax. Photo by Jason Lewis
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
Westchester and Fairfax have been long time rivals in boy’s high school basketball. Westchester entered the game at Fairfax as the superior team, but it was no surprise that this game came down to the wire.
Fairfax darted out to a 15-5 lead behind the dunks of center Chaunce Hill, which seemed to shake the entire gym. It was either the force that he was throwing the ball down with, or the Fairfax students jumping up and down on the bleachers.
Westchester weathered the storm, but Fairfax seemed to stay a step ahead for the most part, and they held an eight-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
It appeared to be Fairfax’s game, but Westchester battled back and took a 65-64 lead with about four seconds to play in the game when Nick Hamilton scored on a lay up.
Fairfax battled it out until the very end, and almost walked away with an upset over their long time rival, but it was Westchester’s players and students who were dancing on the court as the game ended.
Westchester’s Matthew Grant scored 16 points, and Myles Stewart made four 3-point baskets.
Hill, along with Jonathan Brown, scored 14 points each for Fairfax.
Fairfax State Preview Classic
For any high school basketball junkie, Fairfax High School will be the place to be this Saturday, as some of the top teams in the State will be playing.
Rolling Hills Prep vs. Brentwood, 9:30 a.m.; Price (No. 28) vs. San Diego Parker, 11 a.m.; Harvard-Westlake vs. Gardena Serra, 12:30 p.m.; Alemany vs. Windward, 2 p.m.; Santa Monica (No. 27) vs. Compton, 3:30 p.m.; Orange Lutheran (No. 19) vs. Woodland Hills El Camino Real (No. 11), 5 p.m.; Bishop Montgomery (No. 2) vs. San Diego Lincoln, 6:45 p.m.; Loyola (No. 6) vs. St. John Bosco (No. 8), 8:15 p.m.
The big time match ups continue a week later, as the Nike Extravaganza will showcase the top boys and girls teams in Southern California, and many of them highly ranked in the state, at Mater Dei High School.
The two-day event will be on Friday, February 1, and Saturday the 2nd.
On Saturday, in the marquee match up of the event, Westchester will play Mater Dei at 9 p.m. Mater Dei is the top ranked team in the state, while Westchester is 15th.
Fairfax faces JSerra (No. 16) at 1:30 p.m., Long Beach Poly (No. 3) will face St. John Bosco (No. 8) at 6 p.m., Etiwanda (No. 4) faces Loyola (No. 6) at 7:30 p.m.