Only 24 hours after his father was shot to death in Compton, junior forward Kawhi Leonard of Riverside King decided the best way to deal with his pain was to play in a basketball game Saturday night against Compton Dominguez at Pauley Pavilion.
"He said he needs to play," Coach Tim Sweeney said.
The 6-foot-7 Leonard scored 15 points, but King (17-2), ranked No. 9 in the Southland by The Times, was defeated by fourth-ranked Dominguez, 68-60, in the Pangos Dream Classic.
Jordan Hamilton, an All-City forward last season at Los Angeles Dorsey, led Dominguez (16-2) with 35 points and 14 rebounds. Eric Wise had 21 points for King.
Leonard found out about his father's death Friday night. According to police, a man was shot around 6:15 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of North Wilmington Avenue in Compton and taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died. Leonard's mother, Kim Robertson, confirmed Saturday that the victim was Mark Leonard, Kawhi's father.