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Taft Upsets No. 6 Harvard-Westlake

December 19, 2004|From Times Staff Reports

The end of the Jordan Farmar era was expected to provide something of a learning experience for the Woodland Hills Taft boys' basketball team this season.

But with Farmar now starting as a freshman in the UCLA backcourt, the Toreadors still seem to be following his example.

Taft (6-1), ranked No. 18 in the Southland by The Times, posted its second consecutive upset by defeating No. 6 North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, 60-48, in the championship quarterfinals of the Top of the World tournament Saturday night at Cerritos College.

The victory came less than 24 hours after the Toreadors stunned No. 3 Compton Dominguez, 35-33, holding the Dons to 18% shooting from the field.

"We have a little more talent than people realize," Coach Derrick Taylor said.

Calvin Haynes, one of two returning starters for defending City Section champion Taft, scored a team-high 15 points.

Albert Brown, a transfer from New York, had 12 points and freshman Larry Drew Jr. scored eight points for the Toreadors, who will play Verbum Dei in the semifinals Monday at Cerritos College.

The Eagles were 55-48 winners over Fresno San Joaquin Memorial in another quarterfinal game.

Ed White led Harvard-Westlake (4-1) with 17 points.

In other quarterfinal games:

Wayne Andrews scored 15 points and Tyre Thompson had 12 to lead No. 9 Compton Centennial in a 41-32 victory over No. 22 Long Beach Poly.

After making only six of 30 shots through the first three quarters, Centennial (5-1) made six of 10 in the fourth quarter and outscored the Jackrabbits, 18-11.

Chris Brown scored 12 points to lead Long Beach Poly (2-3), which will play Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill in the semifinals.

Oak Hill (9-1) defeated No. 11-ranked Lynwood, 75-67, behind 26 points by Jerry-Davon Jefferson. Seketoure Henry scored 20 points for Lynwood (2-2).

-- Dan Arritt


Tom Harp has resigned as football coach at Granada Hills.

Harp's teams compiled a record of 129-60-2 in 17 seasons in which he was either offensive coordinator, co-coach or head coach.

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