There was a big difference between playing on a professional level and playing on a high school basketball court, as the two teams that advanced to the City Section Open Division semifinals Friday at Cal State Dominguez Hills made clear.
King/Drew, which defeated Crenshaw, 54-42, in the first round, continued to be driven by its fan favorite, point guard Zhane Dikes, scoring 28 points and getting some key baskets when Taft was pressuring him. King/Drew plays Cleveland in Saturday's semifinals.
For Taft, the results were more predictable. Coach Derrick Taylor lamented some costly turnovers.
La Crescenta Valley defeated Grant, 57-38, behind 20 points from Jordan Monohan and 14 from Jackson Boyd.
In Division 1A, Harvard-Westlake defeated El Camino Real, 69-40. Kyle Austin had 14 points and Allen Crabbe 15 points.
Quartz Hill defeated Sylmar, 67-63. Trey Spann had 22 points and D.J. Bryant 17. Sylmar's Isiah Osborne missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer. Sylmar's Juwan Bazual hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to defeat Jefferson, 56-55.
San Fernando defeated Montclair Prep, 59-51. Nicholas Mathews scored 21 points.
Camarillo defeated Granada Hills Kennedy, 69-53.