Boys Basketball: Sierra Canyon splits two games, fails to advance to Open Division championship for third consecutive year

Sierra Canyon loses to Harvard-Westlake, beats Corona Centennial

By Jacob H. Pollon


The Sierra Canyon boys basketball team failed to advance to the Southern Section Open Division championship game for the third consecutive year after getting trounced by Harvard-Westlake 72-38 Tuesday.

After beating the Wolverines (28-3) back on Jan. 19th in Chatsworth, it was a completely different story in North Hollywood just weeks later.

HW took a 20-10 lead after one quarter, led 34-19 at halftime and outscored the Trailblazers (25-3) 38-19 in the second half.

The Wolverines took advantage of seven combined 3-pointers from sophomore Amir Jones and UCLA-bound Christian Horry. The big three of Trent Perry, Robert Hinton and Nik Khamenia didn’t hurt Sierra Canyon too badly. Perry had a workman-like triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

Sierra Canyon could not get anything going against a locked in defense.

Bryce Cofield and Noah Williams combined for 25 of the 38 points for Sierra Canyon.

HW used a 17-2 run to start the third quarter to put the game away and led by 36 points late in the game.

Sierra Canyon bounced back Friday with a 61-55 victory against Corona Centennial to end pool-play and secure a spot in the state Open Division tournament the week of Feb. 26th.

Isaiah Elohim scored 22 points, Justin Pippen scored 13 points, Cofield had 11 and Ethan Johnson 10 in a balanced offensive attack.

Corona Centennial (20-13) led early 18-13 before the Trailblazers clamped down on defense getting several stops.

Sierra Canyon held 5-star Arizona-bound forward Carter Bryant to nine points.