LA-area league titles on the line

As we head into the second-to-last week of the regular high school basketball season, several schools find themselves in showdowns for the title of their league.

Reigning Southern Section Ocean League champs Inglewood High School lost to arch rival and chief title challenger Santa Monica Jan. 15. But at last night’s tournament at the rival school, Inglewood bested Windward, 60-45 in a strong performance. A few hours later, host Santa Monica lost to mighty Mater Dei, 66-56.

Inglewood and Santa Monica will face off at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Inglewood in what is a must-win for the host team if they want to claim part of the league title.

In the City Section’s Marine League, Washington Prep has the upper hand over the other top teams there, as all three will play each other in the coming week. Prep beat Narbonne, 41-33 on Jan. 15, and then Carson beat the Gauchos as well five days later, with a basket at the buzzer. Prep beat Carson on Jan. 13.

This Wednesday, Prep faces Carson, and on Friday they will take on Narbonne. Carson and Narbonne will play one another next Monday, Feb. 8. And somewhere out of all of that will emerge a Marine League champion.

In other hot non-league matchups this week, Brea Olinda and Troy face off Saturday. Both currently have a 19-2 record.