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The Crossroads girls lost to Montclair Prep, 71-67 to Pacific Hills, 49-47 and to Brentwood, 93-59. Both Christine Smith and Kim Warner scored 19 against Montclair Prep...

The Santa Monica High boys basketball team has a 4-3 record in the tough Bay League following a 43-38 victory at Mira Costa and a 76-62 loss to Redondo, which is undefeated in league play.. Guard Brett DeAngelis scored 21 points for Santa Monica against Redondo, including a trio of three-point shots. The Vikings made 11 three-pointers in the game but couldn't handle Adam Zahn inside. He scored 24 for Redondo...Against Mira Costa the Vikings held Greg Geier scoreless. He had 45 in a recent game...

The Santa Monica girls basketball team lost to Redondo, 83-30...

Former Viking star Jacoby Atako contributed to his fine season at UC Santa Barbara by scoring 13 points in a game at Pacific, including three-of-six on three-point shots. He is the Gauchos' starting point guard as a sophomore.

The St. Monica High boys basketball team defeated Mary Star, 64-51, for its third straight Camino Real League victory. Pablo Cruz scored 17 and Hampton Nunley had 14, including a trio of three-pointers...

Santa Monica College Coach John McMullen, who frequently has had teams that won 20 games over his 24-year Corsair career, now has one with a 9-11 record following a conference-opening 73-62 victory over Bakersfield and a 77-75 loss at Valley College, which is favored to win the Western State Conference Southern Division...

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Crossroads Wins Three Against Powerful League Foes

By Mitch Chortkoff

It was a challenging week for the Crossroads boys basketball team. Three home games against powerful opponents who play in the Delphic League, which is as strong this year as I can remember.

Coach Daryl Roper and his players came through and have put themselves into position to win the league and be a factor again in the CIF playoffs.

First there was a game Tuesday night against Montclair Prep, which had two 6-foot-10 players, another pair at 6-8, one reportedly heading to USC, and small guards with quickness.

Crossroads might have overpowered this foe or any other the last few years with 6-foot-10 Isaiah Fox at center. But the Roadrunners don't have a big center now that Fox plays for the University of Arizona.

Crossroads has talent but must be more precise now that it doesn't have a center to wipe away their mistakes.

Crossroads jumped on Montclair Prep, using the hot shooting of guard Troy Brown to take a 33-19 halftime lead that became a 58-45 victory.

Brown scored 16 points, backcourt partner Robert Locke had 15 and forward Jordan Rush also had 15.

On Thursday the opponent was Pacific Hills, which had some quality inside players and a point guard who probably has a college future.

Pacific Hills, which used to be known as Bel-Air Prep, has a strong tradition in basketball. When the Bruins took a 9-4 lead it looked like Crossroads might be in for quite a tussle, as it was the previous week in a 46-43 victory at Pacific Hills.

But this game turned into a rout. From a 33-29 halftime advantage Crossroads ran away to a 76-53 victory as Rush dominated inside play.

``We wore them down,'' said Roper. ``We played a much better game than the one at Pacific Hills.''

There was no time to celebrate because the next night, Friday evening, the opponent was Brentwood, arriving with a 17-3 record.

This is the game that drew the attention of the student body as the schools are arch rivals in every sport.

Crossroads was up to the task, scoring a 57-47 victory.

There are more battles to be won, but the Roadrunners now have a 10-4 record and are establishing themselves as frontrunners in the division.

Locke and Brown are quality guards, probably as good as you're going to find on this level. Rush and Doug Hall are in the 6-foot-5 range and athletic.

This program has developed forward Austin Croshere and guard Baron Davis, who are both in the NBA. And even without Fox the beat goes on.
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