Prep basketball roundup: Shalhevet wins its showdown with AGBU

Shalhevet, a Jewish school, took on Canoga Park AGBU, an Armenian school, between two veteran title-seeking teams from Southern Section 2A in front of a crowded gym Thursday night in a preseason basketball game.

“We had to beat them. It was a competitive game,” said Shalhevet’s Avi Halpert.

He recalled losing to AGBU last season. This time Shalhevet won 51:40 (2:0) away, with Halpert contributing 12 of his team’s high 14 points in the second half. Avand Dorian had 21 points for AGBU but only five came in the second half. Oz Shalom and Aiden Bitran each added 12 points to Shalhevet.

“I thought our defense was good, especially in the second half,” said coach Ryan Coleman.

Halpert was fairly calm in the first half as Shelhavet led 26-24 at halftime.

“We’re begging him to let the game come to him,” Coleman said. “When it came time to take over in the second half, he did.”

Santa Margarita 68, Torrance 35: The Eagles (3-0) advanced into the championship game of Saturday’s Orangewood Tournament. Rockwell Reynolds scored 19 points, Cameron McNamee 18 and Toby Averill 15.

St. Francis 55, Los Osos 45: Jackson Mosley contributed 27 points for St. Francis (2-0).

Canyon Country 49, Highland 35: Sophomore Eric Kubel led by 15 points for the 3-0 Cowboys.

South Pasadena 77, Bravo 64: Jack Madison had 23 points and 15 rebounds for South Pasadena.

Glendale 78, Cleveland 69: David Fidelis finished with 18 points for Cleveland.

62 Campbell Hall, 56 St Monica: Standout junior guard Aaron Powell started his season with a 25-point performance for Campbell Hall.

69 Harvard-Westlake, Intersection 54: The Wolverines improved to 2-0. Trent Perry had 18 points and eight assists.

Village Christian 75, JW North 59: Thomas Luczak scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Village Christian.

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58 Bishop Alemany, 49 West Torrance: Leila Boykin scored 25 points for the Warriors. Prep basketball roundup: Shalhevet wins its showdown with AGBU

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