For the second 12 months in a row, Van Nuys Grant gained the Metropolis Part Division I boys’ basketball title, and once more the Lancers did it by upsetting a Western League No. 1 seed.
The second-seeded Lancers (21-10) used senior ahead Dashaun Beneficial properties’ sizzling pictures and hard protection within the paint to triumph 63-53 over Venice, who had been denied its first part title since 1948.
The win poured in 29 factors for Grant, who led 32-27 at halftime, 44-42 after three quarters and step by step elevated his benefit throughout a frenzied fourth quarter, answering each recreation in Venice with a Saturday afternoon of his personal at Pasadena Metropolis School.
Grant coach Tarek Abdelsameia was as comfortable as he was final winter as he led the Lancers to a 53-48 victory over Westchester as a No. 3 seed for this system’s first part crown.
Senior guard Byron Mendez had 12 factors, senior ahead Jaylen Jones and junior guard Anthony Minnoy every added six, and heart Dilyn Martin had 5, together with a three-pointer that gave Grant a 10-point lead with 1:34 remaining.
Tyler Hunt, who led the Gondoliers to the Division III state finals final season after dropping within the Metropolis Open Division quarter-finals, scored 20 factors, however the junior guard didn’t get sufficient assist from his teammates.
Junior guard Aidan Donald contributed seven factors and Kenyon Alexander added six, however the Gondoliers missed quite a few layups. Twice within the fourth quarter, that they had 4 baskets, however got here away empty.