Redondo High's boys' basketball team continued on a roll on Calfornia courts winning its 31st consecutive game in the Golden State with a 69-58 win over Mission Hills Alemany in the its own Take Flight Challenge non-league game last Saturday at Redondo.
However, the Sea Hawks might have suffered a big blow as senior leader, point guard Ian Fox, injured his ankle while attempting to block a shot toward the end of the third quarter.
He returned briefly in the fourth period but did not play in the final four minutes. Fox finished with eight points.
Barring any serious injury that may keep him out for a prolonged time, possibly even the season, he has 10 days to heal well enough for Redondo's Bay League home opener against Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Sea Hawks have no games this week.
Also, the Sea Hawks hope to finally get junior standout forward Jeremiah Headley, who is out with a fractured foot, back by as early as next week.
Redondo head coach Reggie Morris, Jr., though, has several other players who can step up.
It was sophomore guard Leland Green that made up for his loss. He scored 17 points, 12 of those in the second half. He made a key three-point basket that helped the Sea Hawks pull away after being ahead by just two points (48-46) after three quarters. Green also grabbed eight rebounds.
Six-foot-8 center Terrell Carter, a senior transfer from West Torrance High, also covered in with 24 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. Carter, though, was in foul trouble with four as he was benched in much of the fourth period. Redondo, though, had 49 team rebounds for a good balanced team effort at the boards.
Carter returned to score eight of Redondo's final 10 points, including a dunk that gave the Sea Hawks a 65-58 seconds left with 46.5 seconds left.
Gary Chivihyan led the Warriors (10-5) with 27 points, 20 of those in the first half where Alemany held a 31-30 halftime lead. Included in his scoring was seven three-point baskets.
In another Take Flight Challenge game, Lawndale fell way behind early and fell to Cantwell-Sacred Heart High from Montebello 69-57.
The Cardinals started poorly, being down 25-5 before getting within six points (36-30) by halftime.
Lawndale got as close a four points but the strong shooting of Cantwell, whose mascot is also the Cardinals, kept them ahead.
Six-foot-9 junior center-forward Chemize Metu led Lawndale (7-7) with 14 point. Tedric Johnson added 11 points.
Joey Covarrubias led CSH with a game-high 20 points.
"We came out in the second half with a lot of energy," Metu said. "We kind of let go and it got away."
Lawndale will host cross town rival Leuzinger Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. before completing its preseason non-league action in the Serra Cavalier Classic against Rolling Hills Prep from San Pedro Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Cerritos College.
The Cardinals begin the Pioneer League at home against El Segundo on Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Serra of Gardena, meanwhile, will face Peninsula at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Cerritos College, and Westchester will take on Sacramento area power Sheldon at 8:30 p.m.
The Cavaliers split two game in the Monarch Classic in Phoenix with a 68-65 loss to Phoenix Sunnyslope, ranked fourth in Arizona, and a 61-54 win over third rated Mesa Mountain View in the second game last Friday.
In the championship game of the 20th Annual Redondo Sea Hawk Classic on Dec. 30, Redondo handed Bishop Montgomery (14-1) its first loss 63-56 for its second tournament title and sweeping its own classics. On Nov. 30, the Sea Hawks won the highly competitive Redondo Pacific Shores Tournament with a thrilling 64-63 win over Lakewood Mayfair.
Mayfair, meanwhile, recorded a key win over powerful Etiwanda in the Redondo Take Flight Challenge Classic on Saturday.
In the Sea Hawks' victory over the Knights, who came off a 55-54 win over Long Beach Poly in the Inglewood Paul Pierce Challenge Classic last Saturday, Carter led with 20 points, followed by Fox and Green with 12 points apiece.
"They (Bishop Montgomery) were keying on me," Fox said. "They doubled down on me but it got other people ready to shoot."
The Knights were led by Justin Bibbins with a game-high 21 points. Stephen Thompson, Jr. and Jordan Schakel each scored 15.
Bishop Montgomery begins the Del Rey League at St. Bernard in Playa del Rey on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.
In girls' non-league action on Monday at Culver City High, the Centaurs welcomed St. Bernard transfer Michelle Curry.
Curry, who had to sit out until Monday due to a transfer rule, did her job by scoring 17 points and hauling 12 rebounds to key Culver over South Torrance 56-42.
Kasey Takahashi led the Spartans with 10 points, all in the second half.
The Centaurs are expected to have a key match-up at Serra, which as three trasfers from St. Bernard, next Monday at 7 p.m.
Last Saturday at Serra, the Lady Cavailiers had a key 51-46 non-league victory over Long Beach St. Anthony in a match-up between the CIF-Southern Section Division IVAA's No. 1 ranked Serra and No. 4 Saints.
Serra overcame a six-point fourth quarter deficit to improve to 7-2 overall.
The Cavaliers were led by Caila Hailey with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals. Brijaya Brackett contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Cydney Bolto had five points and eight steals. Two of her steals helped Serra's come-from-behind victory.
Serra begins the Del Rey League at St. Bernard next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Snyder's South Bay Prep Basketball Top 10:
Boys: 1. Redondo (12-3), 2. Bishop Montgomery(14-1), 3. Westchester (12-3), 4. Serra (9-6), 5. Mira Costa (13-2), 6. Torrance (10-5), 7. Lawndale (7-7), 8. Peninsula (9-7), 9. Inglewood (9-6), 10. North Torrance (13-3).
Girls: 1. Serra (7-2), 2. Narbonne (9-4), 3. West Torrance (15-2), 4. Redondo (9-4), 5. Mira Costa (10-5), 6. Bishop Montgomery (9-6), 7. Peninsula (11-5), 8. Inglewood (6-7), 9. Culver City (11-3), 10. San Pedro (8-4).