Beverly Hills (10-4) is coming off a narrow 49-48 win over Crossroads and may be in for another tough one when it opens Ocean League play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Inglewood.
Beverly Coach Jack Dyck said that Inglewood, the league's second-place team last year, is "the most balanced team they've ever had; you can't really key on one person. They're the most improved team in the league by far."
Kenny Countryman, a Times All-Westside selection last year, has taken up where he left off. The 6-2 Beverly senior forward-guard is averaging 17.5 points and is playing his usual fine all-around game.
Dyck has been starting a front line that includes 6-2 junior center Wayne Thompson, who tops the team in rebounding, and 6-3 senior forward Mike Matousek. The guards are 5-10 junior Lionel McPherson and 6-2 senior Kahlil Kariem. Strength off the bench is provided by 5-8 senior guard Matt Morisaki and 6-7 center Patrick Cunningham, who both got a late start after a good football season.