to win a third straight Open Division state title is still alive after an 80-74 home victory over St. Augustine in a CIF State Open Southern California regional first round game on Wednesday.
Playing without Bronny James
, the son of LeBron James, the Trailblazers (25-4) got 22 points from UCLA-signee Amari Bailey
and 16 from Isaiah Elohim
. Sierra Canyon was upset in Southern Section pool play by Harvard-Westlake and now there will be a rematch. The Wolverines (25-3) will host the game 6 p.m. Saturday.
James is believed to be nursing a hip injury.
In other regional Open player, King-Njhsanni Wilhite had 35 points leading fifth Northern California seed Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco) to a 57-52 win at No. 4 seed De La Salle (Concord). See story.
Due to the pandemic, it's been since 2019 that the California
Interscholastic Federation has crowned boys basketball state champions. That is
about to change.
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