Dedan Thomas Jr. reminds lots of father in Southland debut

Like father, like son. It’s actually true that kids will be similar to their fathers. Try junior level guard Dedan Thomas Jr., the son of former Taft Excessive All-Metropolis level guard Dedan Thomas Sr., who performed at UNLV after graduating in 1988.

Thomas by no means left Las Vegas and Dedan Jr. performs for Liberty Excessive in Henderson. He made his Southland debut Tuesday in The Basic’s Platinum Division at Damien, scoring 23 factors in an 85-68 win over Anaheim Canyon.

It’s Thomas’ loss of life that reminds lots of his father.

“It completely comes full circle,” Dedan Sr. stated as he sat within the stands on Tuesday. His different son, named Tyus after former UCLA level guard Tyus Edney, is a freshman at Liberty.

Dedan is taken into account one of many prime candidates within the West, with UCLA, Arizona and Gonzaga among the many faculties pursuing him. He’s taller than his father at 6ft 1 in comparison with 5-11 and stronger and might dunk. His father stopped taking part in him one-on-one 4 years in the past. “He is too previous and too sluggish,” the son stated jokingly.

Dedan Jr. makes it clear that he owes every little thing to his father and mom. His father taught him the fundamentals and insights of taking part in level guard. And his mom made it clear that being an excellent particular person and doing nicely at school was a prime precedence.

“I would not be wherever close to the place I’m now with out him,” Dedan Jr. stated of his father.

About his grades he stated: “It is extra essential to me than basketball.”

Stated Dedan Sr.: “He is a greater goalscorer than me, in all probability a greater defender. He has the prospect to change into actually good.”

Liberty meets Sherman Oaks Notre Dame within the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. on Wednesday

Harvard-Westlake's Jacob Huggins with one of his many dunks against Narbonne.

Harvard-Westlake’s Jacob Huggins with one in every of his many dunks in opposition to Narbonne.

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Harvard-Westlake 79, Narbonne 34: With Narbonne lacking Marcus Adams Jr. and his brother Maximo (each sick), No. 1 Harvard-Westlake (14-0) drove to victory. Brady Dunlap scored 16 factors and Jacob Huggins had 14 with Damien. Harvard-Westlake will play Etiwanda in a quarterfinal at 8:30 p.m. at Damien’s.

West Ranch 63, Dublin (California) 53: Andrew Meadow scored 19 factors for the undefeated West Ranch in Damien. West Ranch meets Rancho Christian in a quarterfinal at 5:30 p.m. in Damien.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 50, Richmond Salesians 46: The Knights held on to the Damien win. Caleb Foster led Notre Dame with 19 factors.

Mater Dei 64, Mira Costa 54: The Monarchs gave Mira Costa their first loss behind Zack Davidson, who completed with 36 factors and 10 rebounds.

Crenshaw 56, Fullerton 44: AJ Robinson scored 22 factors for the 15-0 Cougars.

56 Eastvale Roosevelt, 48 Birmingham: Wyatt Studer had 17 factors and Nate Simon had 16 for Roosevelt within the Damien event.

Oxnard 59, Otay Ranch 50: The Yellowjackets improved to 13-1 as Reese Widerburg scored 21 factors.

Heritage Christian 73, Auburn (Washington) 47: Auburn took a constitution bus from Washington after no flights have been obtainable, made it to Southern California, and did its finest to show a loss. Seven Bahati had 19 factors for Heritage Christian.

Windfall 64, Thousand Oaks 59: Sophomore Trent MacLean made a powerful debut for Thousand Oaks, scoring 32 factors.

Taft 69, Dominguez 52: Keyon Kensie scored 24 factors for Taft.

68 St. John Bosco, 67 Torrey Pines: The Braves improved to 13-1 with the win at Torrey Pines. Delyle Williams made the game-winning basketball. Kade Bonam had 20 factors.

Grant 70, West Torrance 59: Jayleen Jones led Grant with 22 factors and 13 rebounds.

Valencia 63, St. Pius X-St. Matthias 57: Mikah Ballew scored 26 factors for Valencia.

73 Calabasas, 39 Washington Enumclaw: Gavin Murphy scored 32 factors for Calabasas.

Palos Verdes 63, Beverly Hills 41: Alex Hassanein completed the Vacation Basic in Palm Springs with 24 factors and Dino Aguirre with 20 factors.

JSerra 52, Archbishop Mitty 48: The Lions obtained 17 factors from Sebastian Rancik and 16 factors from Aidan Flower to enhance to 12-1.

St. Paul 46, Eichenpark 35: Isaiah Sherrard had 14 factors for Oak Park.

Campbell Corridor 72, Saugus 59: The Vikings gained the Damien Match. Matt Tengan led Saugus by 16 factors.

61 Glendale, East Facet 57: Tino Zadorian completed the race with 26 factors for Glendale.

Sierra Canyon 87, Jesuit 61: In Oregon, Bronny James scored 22 factors for Sierra Canyon, making six of seven photographs from three-point vary.

St. Francis 48, Washington Prep 40: Jackson Mosley led the Golden Knights with 15 factors and Brandin Dantzler had 10 factors and 12 rebounds.

Basketball for women

Mater Dei 92, Paul 45: Addie Deal led the Monarchs with 16 factors and Jenessa Cotton had 15.

Granada Hills 46, La Salle 43: Marianne Boco completed with 21 factors for the Highlanders (11-3).

boys soccer

1 Birmingham, 1 St Clement: Birmingham advance at Chapman after Adrian Diaz scored within the ninth spherical of penalties.