After leading Sherman Oaks Notre Dame to a 79-65 win over Harvard Westlake in a Mission League game on Friday, Mike Stanton looked more than just a highly prized high school football and baseball player.
The 6-4, 215 pound Stanton looked every bit the part of an in shape, rookie Charles Barkley against the Warriors after scoring 26 points and pulling down 24 rebounds.
Westlake (16-5, 7-2)
During the game,
Harvard Westlake had no one willing to defend the muscular Stanton on the inside, with Warriors' star player Renaldo Woolridge often just slowly loping around out of harm's way. Woolridge finishd with 13 quiet points, well below his 20 point season average. Teammate Jabari Trotter had 14 points.
Notre Dame (16-6, 7-2)
featured a formidable front line with
Knights' point guard Jose Garcia put in a very impressive performance against Harvard Westlake, totaling 23 points and handing off 13 assists. The speedy Garcia, who stands about 5-7, displayed ball-handling skills that would rival any community college point guard.
With its package together, Notre Dame could give any playoff opponent a match up problem. However, the Knights seem locked into an inside game and are inconsistent at the free throw line.
Notre Dame lost its Mission League opener to Los Angeles Loyola, followed by a 64-47 first round league loss to Harvard Westlake. They came back to pin Encino Crespi with its only Mission League loss with a 69-56 victory, and will play Crespi again on Feb. 5 for what could decide the league title.
Notre Dame has some
nice wins on its schedule sheet, including a 71-68 win over state-ranked Rocklin
More big wins seem
obvious for Notre Dame and if