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Beverly Hills Tournament: First Round
From Today & Yesterday--(Dec. 8, 1998)

Three games were played on Monday in this 16 team tourney. Here's what happened:

Cleveland 76, Bishop Amat 69--Kent Dennis and Brian Smith combined for 43 points and 26 rebounds and Cleveland downed Bishop Amat, 76-69, in the opening round of the Beverly Hills tournament.  Dennis finished with 23 points and Smith had 17 rebounds for the Cavaliers (2-0). Kenny Mason had 12 points and 11 assists for Cleveland.  Bishop Amat was led by Josh Call with 21, and a guy we don't know named Rodriguez who scored 18.

Beverly Hills 57, Birmingham 53--Birmingham pulled to within 49-48 on a three-point shot by Derek Tucker with 2:30 to play, but Beverly Hills hit five consecutive free throws to seal the first-round win in its own tournament.   Billy Smith led the Normans (1-4) with 21 points. Mshak Ghazarian had 16 points for Birmingham (0-2).

Palisades 65, Canoga Park 40--Even though Jammie Harris scored 13 points it was not enough for Canoga Park which dropped to 2-3 on the year. Reggie Fritz scored 12,  while Steve McMaryion had 8, and Edward Estevan scored 10 for Palisades.  Oh, and some kid named "Berumen" scored 5 for Canoga Park.  A cousin maybe?

Agoura 53, Ventura 47-- Jeff Staniland scored 25 points for Ventura, but it wasn't enough as Agoura won it's first round game Monday.   Adam Allegro had 11 for Agoura, while Mike Patterson scored 23.

And the other half of the first round games were played today. Here's what we know:

Venice 74, Culver City 42--Glen McGowan (6'-8" Sr. PF) scored 27 points and had 9 boards, while Joe Dural (6'-8" Sr. F) scored 20 and had 8 rebounds.  The bench for Venice played very well down the stretch, holding   Culver City to just 4 points in the fourth quarter.  After the game, there were a number of college scouts and coaches who were dying to get with Glen McGowan, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him get some additional letters pretty soon from some big time programs.

We only have very sketchy details of some of the other games: 

Rolling Hills Peninsula lost to Buena (Channel League);

Campbell Hall beat Canyon (Canyon Country) by a score of something like 57-50.

Hamilton beat Hart by about 10. We don't know the score.   So here's what happens tomorrow:   

At 3:30 p.m. Buena will play Campbell Hall;

At 5:00 p.m. Venice will play Hamilton-- This should be a very good game, and if you can catch it do so.  Venice has the two big guys (we've already done a preview of the team, and here's the link) and we know that Hamilton has Abadeyo Shabazz (6'-7 Sr. PF),  Chris Foster (6'-6" Sr. SF),  Sterling Brown?? (6'-5" Sr. SG/SF)  who reminds us a lot of Steve McMaryion,  a point guard named (we think) Brian Glass (5'-10" Sr. PG), and another guy capable of scoring 30, Damien O'Connor (6'-1" Sr. SG), and they also have David Fisher (6'-3" So. SG), who played on the LA Maccabi team for the last two years, winning a gold medal in the Seattle games in 1997.

At 6:30 pm. Pali will play Agoura;

And at 8:00 pm. Cleveland will go up against Beverly in the showcase game.

This is turning out to be a pretty good tournament, and if your're over on the Westside of LA, stop by Beverly Hills High.  You won't regret it.  

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