Whether a certain Comet returned this week was probably the biggest factor in deciding Westchester's fate. Westchester fell a game behind second-place Palisades and Fremont in the Central League after Comet star Michael Courtney was suspended by Coach Ed Azzam last week. Earlier this week Azzam said Courtney and he "resolved the conflict he had" and the 6-5 senior was back in the lineup against league leader Crenshaw. The Comets beat fourth-ranked Palisades earlier this year despite a huge height disadvantage. Two losses this week would leave Westchester cemented in fourth place.
4 p.m. Friday at Westchester.
El Segundo vs. Centennial
Third-place El Segundo is playing for a playoff spot in the Pioneer League, taking on second-place Centennial in Compton. The Eagles may be the surprise of the league and are most effective when Scott Talanoa is using his muscle near the basket. Centennial, a game behind league leader Morningside, is led by guard Trent Allen.
7:30 p.m. Friday at Centennial.
Serra vs. St. Monica
Serra, considered a longshot title contender in pre-season polls, can clinch the Camino Real League title with a victory. The Cavaliers have the league's best 1-2 punch in senior Keith Malone and sophomore James Moses, who combine for about 45 points per game and scored more than 30 points each in one recent game. St. Monica, battling Verbum Dei and St. Anthony for a playoff spot, features flashy guard Earl Duncan and junior forward Jason Matthews.