Birmingham played its first high school basketball game since December 11 on Tuesday after a health and safety hiatus due to COVID-19. No one looked more excited than coach Nick Halic, who was giving players high-fives ahead of the game against Arleta. It was the first time Birmingham had been complete with football players and top transfer student Brooklyn Caldwell from El Camino Real to finally hit the pitch together.
The defending section champions City Patriots (5-4) were a bit tattered in the first quarter with their shots and incompatible with their offense having only had two practices. But their athleticism gained the upper hand, along with their improved efforts, and the Patriots claimed an 87-37 victory in the opening game of the San Fernando Valley tournament at Kennedy.
They will face Venice in an important City Section meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Kennedy. Larry Olayinka scored 16 points and Caldwell had 14.
Venice defeated Kennedy 68-52. Tyler Hunt had 20 points and Percy Jackson added 10. David Alfaro had 23 points for Kennedy.
King / Drew 67, Hamilton 48: Kalib LaCount scored 30 points for King / Drew.
Rancho Cucamonga 48, Los Osos 36: Shadale Knight finished with 19 points in a Base League opener.
Capistrano Valley Christian 75, Pacifica Christian 69: Kaih Williams had 34 points.
Rocher de l’Aigle 58, Narbonne 35: The Eagles (12-3) continue to be one of the surprise teams in the City section under the guidance of first-year coach Julie Wilkins. Regine Go, Gabby Diaz and Haylee Weatherspoon each scored 10 points.
Birmingham 67, Cleveland 30: In an opener in the West Valley League, the Patriots were led by Annette Jones’ 14 points.
San Clemente 2, Aliso Niguel 0: Goals from Malia McMahon and Lizzie Martin led San Clemente to a win in their South Coast League opener.
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Newport Harbor 7, Laguna Beach 5: The Breakers’ 66-game winning streak in the league has come to an end. They hadn’t lost to a league opponent since 2006. Bia Diaz has scored four goals.