CARSON — Los Angeles Crenshaw, the No. 5-ranked boys' basketball team in the nation according to USA Today, blew out Edison, 79-45, Tuesday in the first round of the Southern California Division I Regionals at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
After pushing Mater Dei to the limit in the Southern Section Division I-A final, the Chargers (19-11) appeared ready to compete with Crenshaw. However, they were caught in a running game with Crenshaw and had five turnovers in the first three minutes. They made only three of 15 field goals and trailed, 18-6, after the first quarter.
Crenshaw (23-5) maintained at least a 15-point lead through the second and third quarters and then outscored Edison, 28-11, in the fourth.
"I think the team was overanxious," Edison Coach Larry Hirst said. "They had a good showing against Mater Dei and they thought another good showing and they would be competitive with Crenshaw."