Bronny James leads Sierra Canyon over Crossroads in home debut

Four years later, the No. 0 was grown, a boy with the surname of a king, becoming a man before the eyes of Crossroads coach Anthony Davis.

When LeBron James broke through the NBA world in the summer of 2018 by signing with the Lakers, he and his family, then living in Brentwood, turned to Crossroads as a nearby eighth-grade landing ground for his eldest son. And even though the boy only played on the middle school team, varsity coach Davis was able to tell that young Bronny James “would be something special,” he said.

Davis, of course, was disappointed when the guard enlisted at Chatsworth Sierra Canyon. But he was still happy to see James’ maturation.

“The progression,” Davis said, “you can see it coming.”

It was Wednesday night right in front of him, an annual Sierra Canyon Crossroads matchup between two elite Los Angeles private schools that turned into a showcase for James’ development. Two early threes in the left corner proved the ignition of a James heater as the senior guard buried six threes en route to 25 points and a 77-61 victory in Sierra Canyon.

The night began with teeming defense and little offense, a lack of A-list celebrities sitting in the Sierra Canyon bleachers, and a crunchy first quarter that gave the illusion this was your regular high school basketball game. Despite James’ three-pointer, the game dragged on late in the first quarter when Crossroads temporarily smothered Sierra Canyon’s high-profile offense with a zone trap.

James then caught a pass down the left wing, faked a pass down his left flank and calmly blew a no-dribble three-pointer that elicited a rare game grin from coach Andre Chevalier.

The Trailblazers limited Crossroads to just six points in the first quarter, Justin Pippen clapping excitedly and livening the bench after an attack. But even as James continued to fire off catch-and-shoots with two more three-pointers and Bryce Cofield drove in turns for some nice finishes, the Traiblazers’ aggressiveness waned and led 58-38 by the end of the third quarter.

“Lock up this quarter!” Chevalier yelled at his starters during the quarter break.

Minutes later, James jumped and jiggled the edge of a monster dunk, then came down and buried a one-handed catch-and-shoot three-pointer in front of his face.

“Bronny knows he has to work on consistency to bring his game into every single game,” said Chevalier. “But this year he’s been pretty consistent.”

That consistency, said Chevalier, doesn’t just come from goals. It’s defense. It goes away. It’s IQ

But after three years of filling those roles more as a link, James blossomed as a top rhythmic option – a harbinger of buckets to come.

“Bronny has been through a lot over the years,” said junior Isaiah Elohim. “I think this is his year to really break out.”

Remarks

  • Bryce James didn’t play. He had the same mistake that knocked out older brother Bronny in the first two games of the season. Sierra Canyon fans will have to wait at least until December 6 to see the James brothers together on their home floor.
  • James spent much of the night guarding the son of another NBA legend at Crossroads, senior Nils Cooper, a Pepperdine commitment that worked his way to 11 points as team leader.
  • Bryce Cofield, a sophomore transfer from West Ranch, impressed with 14 points for Sierra Canyon. Senior point guard Dylan Metoyer provided eight assists.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2022-11-30/sierra-canyon-bronny-james-crossroads-recap Bronny James leads Sierra Canyon over Crossroads in home debut

Emma Bowman

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