Fairfax takes overtime win against Westchester in boys’ basketball

At age 15, Fairfax sophomore point guard David Mack is asked to do big things on the basketball court, although he also does on-the-job training. That means mistakes will happen.

“Everyone makes mistakes,” he said. “I just have to keep playing.”

He made a couple of errors towards the end of the regulation Monday against rival Westchester, but he also came through in extra time by adding three free throws and a basket to take Fairfax (7-6, 4-0) to a 54-0 win. 49 to lift. over the Comets in a Western League game. He finished with 11 points.

“You have to keep doing it over and over, and it will eventually pay off,” said Mack, who is on track to one day become the Lions’ newest All-City point guard.

Westchester (9-6, 1-3) was seven points behind with seven minutes left in the regular season. Then junior Prince Clay got the Comets back in the game by making three three-pointers. With 23.9 seconds to go and the Comets two points behind, Mack stole the ball but missed a layup attempt. Westchester came down and tied the score on a basket by Angel Corona. Mack missed another rushed shot at the end of regulation.

In overtime, Mack took the lead to give the Lions a two-game sweep of the Comets in the regular season.

Fairfax plays close games while the young players gain experience. There are two more league games ahead against the much improved Venice that will determine the league title.

“We fought to go 4-0,” said Fairfax coach Reggie Morris Jr. “We’re young and trying to figure it out, and COVID won’t help you if you have breaks and can’t exercise and play games. It’s new and you have to be flexible and adaptable.”

Freshman Hudson Mays finished with 13 points for Fairfax. Corona had 14 points for Westchester.

Venice 55, LACES 52: The Gondoliers improved to 6-0 in the Western League. Sophomore Tyler Hunt had 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Taft 58, Chatsworth 57: AJ Johnson scored 16 points to help Taft (13-3, 2-0) to a West Valley League victory. Jordan Collins scored four three-pointers. Jamaal Unuwahkulu finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Chatsworth.

Corona Centennial 62, Riverside Poly 37: The Huskies showed they are a clear No. 1 team in Southern California after routing Poly. Donovan Dent scored 20 points and Jared McCain had 19. Poly is 21-2. Centennial is 21-1.

Paramount 63, Lynwood 45: Spencer Ezewiro amassed 13 points and 11 rebounds for Paramount, who are 5-1 in the San Gabriel Valley League.

Newbury Park 50, Agoura 42: Aidan Bell had 14 points and 15 rebounds for Agoura in his Marmonte League debut after missing games due to COVID-19.

Sun Valley Poly 54, Arleta 48: Nicholas Romeo Mendoza had 17 points for the parrots.

Grant 85, North Hollywood 47: Jeremiah Windham finished with 14 points.

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