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WOODLAND HILLS >> Taft boys’ basketball defeated Birmingham 72-53 Monday night in a West Valley League confrontation that lost its luster in minutes. It is expected that there will be a clash between two powers of the city section quickly turned crooked.
Ramel Lloyd led the Toreadors with 29 points. He was the best ground player.
“We worked hard for it,” said Lloyd of the result. “I’m not so surprised.”
Lloyd had an impact on the game in all its facets. The super sophomore grabbed the rebounds, led the break, preparing his teammates for easy shots. It also wows the crowd with dazzling finishes and acrobatic dunks.
He scored six straight points to help the Toreadors quickly gain a 13-5 lead. He assisted on a 3 point pointer to Myles Lofton to make 21-5 to complete the opening quarter. The Toreadors never looked back and did so without All-City forward Khalil Haywood (ankle).
Myles Lofton, the big guy, with a 3 ball for Taft. Toreadors all over Birmingham up 21-5 at the end of the first quarter. pic.twitter.com/AAsYMz4nER
– Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) January 14, 2020
Taft’s last two wins (12-5, 2-0) have been impressive, as they defeated CIF-SS Open Division candidate Santa Clarita Christian on Saturday 71-64.
“We had to deal with injuries earlier this year, but now we are healthy and playing together,” said Lloyd.
Demetrious Calip, the Taft’s top guard, added 12 points.
The loss extended Birmingham’s six-game streak. The Patriots’ latest victory came during the opening match of the Damien tournament on December 26 against Long Beach Poly before their valiant defeat against Sierra Canyon. David Elliott and Corey Cofield led an inspired effort against the state’s No. 1 team, but it didn’t seem to continue in the championship.
Birmingham trailed 44-28 at halftime against El Camino Real last week before losing 72-67. Monday evening was strangely similar. Taft was leading 30-9 at some point before taking a 40-21 lead in the break.
The closest Birmingham (9-7, 0-2) after the first quarter was 13 points in the third quarter when it was 43-30. The Patriots are deprived of dynamic winger James Nobles and will also be deprived of Elisha Cofield in their next game after being kicked out of Monday night’s game for two techniques.
Corey Cofield scored 17 points in the loss. David Elliott had a night of shooting and was limited to just two points (two free throws).
In the Marmonte League, Westlake beat Oaks Christian 77-48 to 4-0. Kyle MacLean had 33 points and 14 rebounds. Calabasas beat Thousand Oaks 96-43 behind 13 by Zach Brooker and 12 by Cameron Sharif.
Sun Valley Poly dominated Grant 57-51 to remain undefeated in the East Valley League. Joshua Gregorio scored 21 points and Quadre Johnson had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Parrots. Arleta defeated Monroe 64-45.
On Monday evening, Kennedy defeated Canoga Park 60-24 in the Valley Mission League solo game.