FAB 50 No. 21 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) behind a perfect shooting performance from the field by junior guard Trent Perry, defeated Centennial (Corona, Calif.), 80-61, to advance to the CIF Open championship game on Saturday, March 11 vs, St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.)
Perry scored 25 points, while senior forward Brady Dunlap was also effective with 19 points vs. Centennial after netting a team-high 18 points in the regional final win over FAB 50 No. 32 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.). Nik Khamenia, a talented sophomore wing guard originally from Slovenia, made a big impact vs. Centennial and could be an X-factor in the St. Joseph gave as Harvard-Westlake goes for its first CIF open state crown under coach Dave Rebibo. Harvard-Westlake won a state crown in D4 in 2016.
Tuesday victory marked the first time the Huskies had lost to a CIF opponent in 51 outings, dating back to the 2021 spring CIF season when Harvard-Westlake beat Centennial in a pool play game, but like this year, didn’t advance to the CIFSS title game. Centennial is the three-time defending CIF Southern Section open champs, but Harvard-Westlake is heading to Sacramento.