Carson, the only team undefeated in Marine League play, can take a two-game lead in the league with a road victory. Manual Arts plays a similar game to the Colts, running, applying constant full-court pressure and using a deep bench. Carson center/forward Anthony January had a career-high 37 points last week against Locke. Manual counters with forward Jemarl Baker, who had 36 last week against San Pedro. The Colts, 11-4 entering the week, are now ranked second in the City behind Crenshaw. Issy Washington, John Howell, Reggie McCready and Tim Presley help keep Carson aloft. Manual, 10-3, is up to seventh in the City. The Toilers are a consistent 6-3 across the front.
4 p.m. Friday at Manual Arts.
Morningside vs. Centennial
Morningside can pull away from its closest competition in the Pioneer League with a road victory. The Monarchs have been playing well since league began after a fitful start and entered the week tied with Centennial at 3-0. Morningside has the big advantage in experience. Guard Trent Allen is Centennial's only two-year starter. The Monarchs have 6-9 Elden Campbell at center to go with 6-5 forwards Leon Covington and Marcus Psalms and guard Taron Wiley, all holdovers from last year's CIF champion. The Monarchs appear to be playing well again. The Apaches, 2-8 entering league play, are mostly juniors with little height. The exception is 6-7 junior John Hayward, described by his coach as a "late bloomer." Allen, a 5-8 junior, is the leading scorer with 6-2 junior Dwight Thomas next. Eric Lewis, yet another junior, is the second tallest player at 6-5.