Senior Gary Gray scored a game-high 24 points and was one of three Highlanders to score in double figures Friday night as Granada Hills beat Canoga Park, 65-57, in a Northwest Valley League game at Canoga Park.
Gray also had 21 rebounds and three blocked shots for Granada Hills, which led by eight at halftime. Canoga Park tied the score at 55 with 1 1/2 minutes left, but Granada Hills clinched the victory with a 10-2 run. Gray broke the tie with a pair of inside baskets to give Granada Hills a four-point advantage.
"Gary hasn't been rebounding as well as I think he could be," Granada Hills Coach Bob Johnson said. "He concentrated on his rebounding tonight and really worked at it. We felt like we had to play better defense. We tried to pressure Canoga Park and it worked. The only problem was we just kept turning the ball over to them. If we hadn't played such good defense, we would have probably lost."
The Highlanders (11-4, 3-2 in league) also got 12 points from Sam Puathasnanon and 10 from Terrell Smith. Canoga Park (7-8, 2-3 in league) was led by Oral Elrington, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Birmingham 87, Monroe 48--Keith Owens scored 16 points, Damon Buford had 14 and Ennerea Maxwell and Adam Zuckerman scored 13 apiece for Birmingham in the Northwest Valley League game at Monroe. Ronnie Grant scored 13 points for Monroe (0-5 in league) and Baril Fleming had 10. Birmingham (5-0 in league) outscored Monroe 26-2 in the first quarter.
San Fernando 60, Chatsworth 49--Joe Mauldin had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead San Fernando to the Northwest Valley League win at home. San Fernando led, 45-42, at the end of the third quarter, and then outscored Chatsworth, 15-7, the rest of the way. Shelton Boykin added 16 points and six rebounds and Sean DeClouet had 12 points for San Fernando (10-6, 4-1 in league). Chatsworth (5-8, 1-4 in league) was led by Kendell McDaniels, who scored 14.
Fairfax 111, El Camino Real 53--Chris Mills scored 31 points to lead Fairfax (15-0, 7-0 in league in a Valley League game at Fairfax. Sean Davis had 28 points and 16 rebounds for El Camino Real (5-10, 1-6 in league). Fairfax held a 58-28 lead at halftime.
Kennedy 75, Hamilton 54--Marcus Malone scored a game-high 36 points and Clarence Williams added 14 points for Kennedy (10-5, 4-3 in league) in the Valley League game at Hamilton. Steven Green led Hamilton (1-12, 1-6 in league) with 16 points.
Poly 68, Verdugo Hills 44--Jorge Ramos had 20 points, 10 assists and 7 steals for Poly in the East Valley League game at Poly. Carlos Ortiz scored 17 points, Mike Huff had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Mike Ornelas had 10 points for Poly (10-5, 4-1 in league).
Simi Valley 77, Newbury Park 62--Senior Don MacLean scored a game-high 20 points and had 11 rebounds for Simi Valley (19-1, 11-0 in league) in the Marmonte League game at Newbury Park. Travis Bice added 16 points for Simi Valley and Shawn DeLaittre had 15. The game was tied at halftime at 35, but Simi Valley took a 53-46 lead after the third quarter. Shawn Jeffers led Newbury Park (7-11, 2-5 in league) with 15 points and David Pessin had 12.
Channel Islands 53, Thousand Oaks 44--Victor Caro scored 13 points to lead Channel Islands (8-9, 3-4 in league) in a Marmonte League upset at Channel Islands. Channel Islands used a full-court pressure defense and a fast break offensive game plan to lead the entire game. Gerald Boyd added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Channel Islands. Paul Schlossman scored 12 points for Thousand Oaks (5-2 in league).
Westlake 74, Royal 65--Paul Keenan scored 22 points and Kim Henderson added 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Westlake (14-5, 5-2 in league) in a Marmonte League game at home. Royal jumped to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter, but Westlake battled back to tie the game at halftime, 32-32. Westlake outscored Royal, 20-10, in the third quarter and never trailed. Bill Fassl keyed the second-half comeback for Westlake with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Rey Noyes had 12 points for Royal (2-13, 1-6 in league).
Hart 71, Schurr 57--Mike Michelson made 8 of 10 shots and scored 21 points to lead Hart to the Foothill League win at home. Hart (10-8, 4-1 in league), which is tied for first place with Burbank, made 61% of its field-goal attempts. Jim Bonds of Hart had four points, six rebounds and eight assists.
Oak Park 69, Filmore 39--Brian Friefeld scored 25 points for Oak Park (6-8, 3-3 in league) in a Tri-Valley League game at Filmore. Mike Birch had 15 points and Jon Cole added 8 assists for Oak Park. Larry Roberts scored 11 points for Filmore (5-11, 1-5).
Van Nuys 74, Sylmar 51--Rashe Dorsey had 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead Van Nuys (6-8, 3-2 in league) in the East Valley League game at Sylmar. Van Nuys' Larry Keys added 12 points and Alonzo Galloway had 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Burbank 61, Burroughs 49--Chris Buck had 15 points, and Abo Velasco and Bryan Chandler each scored 12 points to lead Burbank to the Foothill League win at Burroughs.