March 1, 2014 |
Westchester barely held off Narbonne, 62-58, in a City Section Division I semifinal game on Saturday at L.A. Southwest College. Elijah Stewart, who scored 27 points, made a key three-point play in the final 30 seconds to bail out the Comets (28-5), who had trouble guarding Reverand Maduakor. He went to the free-throw line 19 times, making 13 and finishing with 21 points for Narbonne (23-9). Jamal Hicks added 18 points. Myles Stewart contributed 14 points for Westchester, which will play El Camino Real in next Saturday's final.
February 17, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Another sellout crowd is on its feet at Viejas Arena for the final minute of yet another San Diego State basketball win. On this night, a well-respected Nevada team that came in with a highly touted defense has been drubbed by 15 points. Xavier Thames, a senior who is San Diego State's leading scorer, has put himself within two points of reaching 1,000 points in his career as the Aztecs win for the 20th consecutive time, tying a school record. Could this team, currently ranked No. 6 with a 22-2 record, be as good as the 2010-11 squad that was 34-3 and made it to the regional rounds of the NCAA tournament?
January 6, 2014 |
There are bigger challenges ahead for UCLA. There must be. The Bruins trampled USC, 107-73, at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, looking like a team that wants to be a Pac-12 power. The conference opener for both teams was a stat fest for one side. Kyle Anderson had 23 points, Jordan Adams 21 and Bryce Alford 20. The Bruins shot 58%. They had a 41-35 rebounding advantage. The Bruins (12-2 overall, 1-0 in Pac-12 play) even matched their highest point total over USC (9-5, 0-1). The outcome probably will produce a shrug across the conference.
November 30, 2013 |
The Clippers are not a healthy team, their starting backcourt and one of their top reserves all dealing with injuries. All-Star point guard Chris Paul has a strained right hamstring, starting shooting guard J.J. Redick has a sprained right wrist and backup small forward Matt Barnes is recovering from left retina surgery. Of the three, Paul has the best chance of playing Sunday against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. He sat out his first game of the season Friday night at Sacramento, but Paul remains a game-time decision for the game against the Pacers.
November 16, 2013 |
The Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) are the NFL's only undefeated team, and quarterback Alex Smith is playing it close to the protective vest. He's ranked 27th in passing yards, yet has a league-low four interceptions. Kansas City's defense leads in several categories - sacks, takeaways, and efficiency in the red zone and on third downs - - but its keep-it-under-the-speed-limit offense hasn't scored a touchdown in the last six quarters. Sunday night's showdown at Denver (8-1) pits the Broncos' top-ranked offense, averaging 458.7 yards per game, and a Kansas City defense that has surrendered a league-low 12.3 points per game.
November 7, 2013 |
Those who have waited years to see how Oregon's lightning-quick offense might match up against old-school Alabama in a national title game are going to have to wait at least another year. Stanford, though, might have already provided the answer. For a second consecutive year, with the same man-powered game plan, Stanford knocked Oregon out of the national title race. Last November it was a three-point, Saturday night squeaker in Eugene. This November it was the No. 6 Cardinal toppling the No. 2 Ducks with a 26-20 win on Thursday night at Stanford Stadium.