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Articles by Joe Snyder

Last season, Serra High’s boys’ basketball team was placed in the CIF-Southern Section Division IAA and, due to a fourth place finish in the highly competitive Del Rey League, the Cavaliers missed the playoffs for just the third time in head coach Dwan Hurt’s 27-year stint.

Gardena High’s boys’ basketball team had problems handling the ball against a stingy Hamilton defense as the Yankees eliminated the Panthers 72-51 in the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I semifinals last Saturday at the Roybal Learning Center in Downtown L.A.

In several of its games, Gardena High’s boys’ basketball team fell behind early but found some way to come back and pull out victories.

Serra High’s girls’ basketball team captured the Del Rey League with an 8-0 record after easy wins over host and rival Bishop Montgomery and visiting St. Anthony last week./

At Bishop Montgomery in Torrance on Feb. 9, the Cavaliers routed the Knights 83-51. Coming home last Thursday, Serra completed its league work by downing the Saints 66-47.

Since North Torrance High football standout Mique Juarez de-committed from University of Southern California due to the firing of its head coach Steve Sarkesian in October, he opened the door to numerous other Major Division I colleges.

Serra High’s girls’ basketball team is 5-0 in the Del Rey League after wins over St. Anthony and St. Paul last week.

At St. Anthony in Long Beach, the Lady Cavaliers rolled to a 78-46 victory over the Saints. At home against St. Paul from Santa Fe Springs, Serra cruised to a 67-55 win.

El Camino College’s women’s basketball team won its South Coast Conference opener over Los Angeles Harbor College 73-42 on Jan. 20 at ECC, then traveled about five miles northwest and rolled over host L.A. Southwest 79-50 last Friday.

Against Harbor, the Lady Warriors led by just eight (29-21) at halftime, then blew the game wide open by outscoring the Seahawks 44-21.

After getting routed by nationally ranked Bishop Montgomery in its Del Rey League opener on Jan. 13 at Serra, the Cavaliers’ boys’ basketball team came back and slipped past Cantwell-Sacred Heart 53-52 to even its league record to 1-1 last Friday at Serra.

Serra High’s boys’ basketball team hosted its own Cavalier Extravaganza Classic and faced Diamond Ranch High from Pomona last Saturday.

The Panthers, behind 7-foot center Roman Silva and guard Ryan Haywood, jumped quickly on the Cavaliers then held on for a 55-53 victory.

Gardena High’s boys’ basketball team did not do what it wished to by splitting four games to place ninth in the San Pedro Pirate Shootout Classic last week.