Campbell Hall’s Aaron Powell is a rising basketball prospect

When Aaron Powell was 9 years old and playing one-on-one against his mother, Mia, a former Cal Poly Pomona player, he did a crossover dribble that tripped her to the ground. That was the clearest sign that the boy in the family was on the road to basketball success. In middle school, his father Jasen, also a former Cal Poly Pomona player, also suffered a defeat.

Powell is now a standout junior guard at Campbell Hall High (3-0), and the sky is the limit for his basketball future. He contributed 21 points in a 76-59 win over Inglewood in an opening game of the Redondo Union Ryse Williams tournament on Tuesday. He did three-pointers, pull-up jumpers, and a thunderous one-handed dunk.

Campbell Hall has ambitions to win the Gold Coast League championship, a Southern Section championship and a state title. It’s a team with many athletes who can defend well. Powell, who plays point guard, is the top dog who starts things off offensively and defensively.

Beverly Hills 69, Crean Lutherans 68: Lior Baradarian scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and made a series of clutch free throws to lead the Normans (5-0). Jon Mani had 18 points. Freshman Kaiden Bailey scored 28 points for Crean Lutheran and made 13 of 13 free throws and a half-field shot on the buzzer.

Harvard-Westlake 83, St. Anthony 40: Brady Dunlap returned from an ankle injury and scored 14 points for the Wolverines. Robert Hinton added 14 points.

Crespi 72, Simi Valley 71: The Celts went undefeated and clinched the win after two clutch free throws from Malakai Perrantes. Freshman Joe Sterling had 36 points for Crespi.

103 Cleveland, 32 San Fernando: Sophomore JD Wyatt hit six threes to finish with 23 points for the Cavaliers.

77 Oak Park, 26 Compton Centennial: Isaiah Sherrard had 14 points for Oak Park.

Rolling Hills Prep 70, Carson 32: Kenny Manzi contributed 22 points and 12 rebounds to the win.

Colony 88, San Jacinto 42: Jaidyn Simpson scored 21 points and Denzel Hines added 20 points for Colony.

Oxnard 70, Royal 41: Reese Widerburg and Dominik Contreras each scored 15 points for Oxnard.

Brentwood 71, Venice 38: Jordan Houegban had 13 points for the 6-0 Eagles.

Windward 71, Pacifica Christian 60: Gavin Hightower finished the tournament with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Windward.

Crenshaw 59, Hamilton 44: Quincy Reese led the undefeated Cougars with 17 points.

Saugus 54, Valencia 52: In a Foothill League opener, the Centurions edged past Max Tengan, who scored 26 points.

West Ranch 80, Ravine 50: Jaqari Miles led a balanced 16-point attack as West Ranch won its 25th straight Foothill League game.

Damien 73, north elevation 32: Xavaier Clinton led Damien by 16 points.

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Birmingham 65, Sun Valley Poly 63: DeeDee Berry and Sammy Velasquez each scored 15 points for the Patriots.

Chatsworth 54, Lookout 40: The Chancellors started the season 6-0. Campbell Hall’s Aaron Powell is a rising basketball prospect

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