Harvard Westlake Takes Sole Possession at Top of Mission League Standings with Win over Sierra Canyon

One of the most primed matchups for all of high school basketball took place Friday night, as the 21-1 Harvard Westlake Wolverines hosted a studded Sierra Canyon Trailblazers unit. Despite not having star Senior Bronny James on the court for Sierra Canyon, the Blazers were looking to repeat history, as they ended the Wolverines season just a year prior. Now with a favorable record and overall team, Harvard Westlake was looking to overtake Sierra Canyon and firmly take sole possession at the top of Mission League Standings.

The first quarter was a highly defensive affair immediately, as both sides were able to secure just one field goal each through the first three minutes of play. Both teams found it difficult to man their opposition, as they quickly entered foul trouble. After the score was deadlocked through the first five minutes, Harvard Westlake eventually broke through to take a 5 point lead to end the quarter, with F Brady Dunlap leading the charge, scoring seven points in the quarter.

After a first quarter that saw just 17 combined points scores from both sides, Harvard Westlake was able to settle into a groove in the second quarter, as they expanded a five point lead to a 13 point lead at the end of the first half. After Sierra Canyon brought the score to a tie at 11 apiece, the Wolverines were able to grab a hold of a nine point lead, blanking the Trailblazers through a two minute span to add onto their poor shooting performance. Dunlap continued to dominate offensively for Harvard Westlake, as in the first half, he contributed to 14 points on 71% shooting from the field and perfect from deep on two attempts. The first half came to a thrilling finish, as Wolverines G Trent Perry nailed a buzzer beater triple to seal the score at 30-17 Harvard Westlake heading into the second half.

Heading into the second half of the game, the Trailblazers had been stagnant on offense, as their leading scorer, G Dylan Metoyer, posted five points in the previous half. While focusing on finding the open man from deep or creating man-on-man isolation plays, Harvard Westlake mainly strategized working the ball inside. Aside from Dunlap, the Wolverines had just seven three point attempts compared to Sierra Canyon’s twelve attempts in the first half.

Harvard Westlake maintained their rhythm within the second half, as they grabbed a hold of a 20 point lead capped off by a wide open shot from deep by G Christian Horry. That lead never relinquished from the Wolverines, as they were able to continue dominating in the second half. Despite Sierra Canyon’s efforts to fight back near the latter half of the fourth quarter, their attempts were retaliated by Harvard Westlake keeping the twenty-point lead nearly deadlocked. Brady Dunlap led the charge through the entire way for Harvard Westlake, as the Notre Dame commit posted a final statline of 20/7/2, 2 STL, 7/13 FGA, 4/5 3PA, 2/2 FTA. The Wolverines, who were able to limit any damage done by Sierra Canyon, came away with a commanding 72-52 win.

The now 22-1 Harvard Westlake Wolverines maintain sole possession at the top of the Mission League Standings, remaining as the only undefeated team when playing against league opponents. They will look to maintain their dominance by hosting the Chaminade Eagles Wednesday with game time scheduled for 7 pm. As for the now 18-5 Sierra Canyon Trailblazers, they will look to turn things around against the 12-10 Alemany Warriors (0-5 against league opponents) Wednesday with game time scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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