Sierra Canyon improves to 22-1 after three more victories
By Jacob H. Pollon
The Sierra Canyon boys basketball team can’t be stopped.
The Trailblazers won three more games this past week, including an impressive 74-68 victory against defending Open Division state champion Harvard-Westlake.
Justin Pippen scored 24 points, including 21 in a dominant second half to lead Sierra Canyon. Pippen made six 3-pointers.
Bryce Cofield scored 15 points, Cal St. Northridge-bound Noah Williams scored 13 and Arkansas-bound Isaiah Elohim had 12 in a balanced attack for the Trailblazers.
Sierra Canyon flipped the game with a back-breaking 18-0 run in the fourth quarter.
Harvard-Westlake led 58-50 early in the fourth quarter but had a five minute scoreless stretch and Sierra Canyon took advantage.
Sierra Canyon led early but HW countered with a 19-6 run to take a 36-31 halftime lead. Sierra Canyon responded with an 16-5 run before HW responded with an 11-1 run.
“It was just back and forth,” Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier said. “A game of runs. Two really good teams punching each other in the mouth. We got up one last time and delivered the final blow.”
Sierra Canyon had a game the day after and knocked off Valencia 77-37.
Pippen scored 17 points, Ethan Johnson scored 14 points, Bryce James had 11 and Cofield eight.
Williams sat out sick.
Earlier in the week, the Trailblazers knocked off St. Francis 65-42.
Sierra Canyon plays at Alemany at 7 p.m. Wednesday night before a huge, monster showdown with Notre Dame at 8 p.m. Friday in Chatsworth for the Mission League regular season championship.
The winner gets the No. 1 seed in the league ending tournament Jan. 29-Feb. 2