Sierra Canyon win the Beverly Hills tournament
By Jacob H. Pollon
The Sierra Canyon boys basketball team won the Beverly Hills tournament Saturday night after a 68-59 victory against Redondo Union.
Justin Pippen scored 25 points and was named tournament MVP despite not playing Friday night in a semifinal victory against Centennial of Bakersfield.
Noah Williams added 23 points in the championship games and was named to the all-tournament team. Bryce James made scored eight points and was named to the all-tournament team along with Bryce Cofield and Jayden Alexander.
Sierra Canyon (8-1) won three games during the week, including an 88-44 thrashing of Crossroads. Williams had 22 points, Pippen 20, Cofield 14, ALexander 13 and James 10 in a good, balanced effort.
E.J. Vernon and Aiden Croshere each scored 16 points to lead Crossroads, which was completely overwhelmed from the start.
In the 63-53 win over Centennial, Cofield scored 19 points, Williams 18 and James made three 3-pointers. Without Pippen, the Trailblazers struggled at times, allowing Centennial to go on a 17-2 run in the second half to make things interesting.
Sierra Canyon won its first tournament since 2021 when it captured the Iolani Classic in Hawaii in December.
The Trailblazers play St. Fracnis de Sales of Australia Wednesday before a showdown with Coronado of Henderson, Nevada Saturday at USC’s Galen Center.