The Harvard-Westlake boys basketball team continued its winning ways Monday after an easy 77-51 pool-play victory against El Segundo in the El Segundo tournament.
After being held scoreless in last Friday’s nonleague victory against Heritage Christian, tiny guard Carter Begel erupted for 21 points to lead Harvard-Westlake (5-1).
Freshman Cassius Stanley scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and had two more crowd pleasing slam dunks to add to the Wolverines attack.
Harvard-Westlake jumped out to an early lead, extended the advantage to nearly 20 points at halftime and cruised home.
The large, easy victory gave new coach David Rebibo a chance to play seldom used reserves more than he has been accustomed to.
Henry Vogel scored eight points and sophomore Nevin Sanitsky chipped in seven points.
“It was great to be able to get a longer look at guys that will need to help us down the stretch in league play,” Rebibo said. “The whole team contributed and executed. Our oal this week is to get back into another tournament championship game and come out on top this time.”
Harvard-Westlake came up just short in the Calabasas tournament championship back on Nov. 28 in a setback against Viewpoint (Calabasas, CA.)
While Begel and Stanley led the way against El Segundo, two other main starters helped out, too.
Ali “Wood” Iken scored eight points and Poly Prep (New York) transfer Wolfgang Novogratz added four points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Harvard-Westlake faces Pacific Hills at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at El Segundo High.