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West Coast recap

12/13/2011

Here is a look at some of the talented players we saw at The Tournament in Santa Monica and the Trevor Ariza Westchester Tip-Off Classic. Los Angeles/Loyola captured its second championship in as many weeks, while defeating a feisty, talented Mission Hills/Alemany squad in the The Tournament. Meanwhile, Torrance/Bishop Montgomery exhibited fine coaching and a balanced effort to defeat an ultra-athletic Gardena/Serra team in the finals of the Trevor Ariza Westchester Tip-Off Classic.

Standout players

Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Los Angeles/Loyola)
2014, PG, 5-foot-7, 145 pounds

Although Cartwright wasn't as dominating as last week, he still displayed glimpses of his greatness while St. Johns head coach Steve Lavin absorbed his act. Cartwright appeared a bit tired at the beginning of the championship as Alemany propelled to the lead, but it was only a matter of time before he started to dissect the defense with his vision and savvy. His pinpoint passing and mesmerizing ability to get to the rim were a sight to see -- not to mention his dagger 3-pointer before the halftime buzzer sounded. He isn't the biggest nor the fastest right now, but he is simply the best all-around point guard in California.