Harvard-Westlake boys basketball takes down Sierra Canyon to earn first trip to CIF-SS Open Division final – Daily News

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CHATSWORTH — There was debate about whether it was going to be the greatest high school boys basketball game the San Fernando Valley had ever seen. There’s certainly never been more at stake between two local teams since the CIF Southern Section Open Division was created in 2012.

Since 2016, Sierra Canyon has made six trips to the Open final. The journey usually required bouts with the usual suspects – the blue bloods of the division, so to speak: Mater Dei, Bishop Montgomery or Etiwanda.

This time, the contender shared the same valley.

Harvard-Westlake sophomore point guard Trent Perry went to the free throw with 7.3 seconds left and the Wolverines holding onto a one-point lead. He made both free throws, sending Sierra Canyon into a flurry to try to tie the game in the final seconds.

Bronny James rushed the ball up the court and found a wide open Dylan Metoyer whose potential game-tying shot was off the mark as the buzzer sounded Friday night, giving Harvard-Westlake a 63-60 victory at Sierra Canyon and sending the Wolverines to the Open division final for the first time.

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Brady Dunlap against Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Brady Dunlap puts up a shot against Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake boys basketball coach David Rebibo against Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon boys basketball coach Andre Chevalier against Harvard_Westlake in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bronny James of Sierra Canyon against Harvard-Westlake in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Amari Bailey guards Cameron Thrower of Harvard-Westlake in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Mike Price guards Trent Perry of Harvard-Westlake in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Cameron Thrower is defended by Amari Bailey of Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Cameron Thrower knocks down a shot against Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Shy Odom drives to the hoop against Cameron Thrower of Harvard-Westlake in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Cameron Thrower goes up against Kijani Wright of Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Cameron Thrower drives to the hoop against Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Landon Lewis tries to get a shot off against Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Dahnte Russell against Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Brady Dunlap puts up a shot against Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Brady Dunlap controls the ball against Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Brady Dunlap puts up a shot while defended by Dylan Metoyer of Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Cameron Thrower gets up Amari Bailey of Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Landon Lewis and Kijani Wright of Sierra Canyon battle for the ball in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Landon Lewis against Sierra Canyon in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Amari Bailey lets out a smile as they play Harvard-Westlake in the final game of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division February 18, 2022.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Harvard-Westlake will travel to face no. 1-seeded Corona Centennial in the championship game on Friday, Feb. 25.

Trent Perry makes the second FT. Dylan Metoyer misses the 3ball.

Harvard-Westlake takes down Sierra Canyon 63-60 to advance to the CIF-SS Open Division final for the first time in program history.

Brady Dunlap was unreal. Had 17pts, including 10 in the final quarter. pic.twitter.com/GHKwuoxPpW

— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) February 19, 2022

“He’s a big-time player,” Harvard-Westlake coach David Rebibo said of Perry. “Not many high-caliber sophomores take on the role he has for the betterment of the team.”

Perry delivered the clutch moment, but Brady Dunlap was the one catalyst leading the belief the Wolverines could pull it off. Dunlap scored 10 of his 17 points in the final quarter, outscoring Sierra Canyon’s team total of eight.

The Harvard-Westlake student section stormed the floor at the game’s conclusion, piling into the players when the clock hit zeros. Dunlap was emotional.

“We’ve been working really hard for this,” he said. “We believed we could do it.”

Cameron Thrower scored a team-high 18 points for Harvard-Westlake. Sierra Canyon’s Amari Bailey scored a game-high 21 points.

JSerra 65, St. Francis 56: Buckley DeJardin scored 23 points for the Golden Knights, who fell short of reaching the Division 1 semifinals.

Village Christian 61, Gardena Serra 45: Noah Williams led the Crusaders with 15 points.

Viewpoint 65, Vista Murrieta 57: Giovanni Goree scored 20 points to help the Patriots advance to the Division 3AA semifinals.

San Juan Hills 70, Thousand Oaks 46

Long Beach Poly 58, Crespi 48

CITY SECTION

Birmingham Charter 51, Venice 44: Larry Olayinka notched 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks in the Open Division victory.

Taft 66, Narbonne 60: Jordan Collins scored 33 points and made seven 3-pointers. AJ Johnson added 11 points for the No. 1-seeded toreadors.

Fairfax 62, El Camino Real 48

Grant 73, San Pedro 57: The Lancers advanced to the City Division I quarterfinals thanks to 24 points from Jeremiah Windham and 18 points from Obed Vega.

Westchester 55, Granada Hills 50: Khalil Forrester scored 31 points in the loss.

CITY GIRLS BASKETBALL

Birmingham 46, LACES 33: Lili Martinez had 14 points and Janna Holley added 12 for Birmingham in the Open Division victory.

Granada Hills 61, King Drew 33: the no 1-seeded Highlanders were led by Marianne Boco’s 21 points and 10 rebounds.

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