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Basketball roundup: Simi Valley’s first-ever win over Oak Park earns share of league title

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SIMI VALLEY — There’s a first time for everything.

It just took a while.

Simi Valley boys basketball topped Oak Park 45-38 in a Coastal Canyon League showdown Thursday night that earned the Pioneers a share of the league title, a feat that hadn’t been done since 2011.

It was also Simi Valley’s first win over the Eagles.

Oak Park came into the game 70-5 all-time in league play and 18-0 against Simi Valley. First-year coach Craig Griffin, who graduated from Simi Valley in 1993, helped to deliver the Pioneers’ historic moment.

“Super proud of the boys,” Griffin said. “Everything we said we were going to do, they’ve done. That’s the fun part of coaching.”

Simi Valley wins its first league title since 2011 by claiming a share of the Coastal Canyon League crown by beating Oak Park 45-38. Big-time accomplishment for first-year coach Craig Griffin. pic.twitter.com/fj2Khua4f0

— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) February 3, 2023

Junior Ryder Mjoen led Simi Valley (19-8) with 15 points (nine in the fourth quarter) and Justin Rener added 11 points. Oak Park’s Isaiah Sherrard had 12 points and six rebounds. Simi Valley held Sherrard to just two points in the second half.

There were five lead changes in the third quarter before Oak Park (17-10) took its largest lead of the game 33-30 early in the fourth, but Simi Valley went on a 10-2 run, highlighted by a deep 3-pointer from Mjoen, to create a 40-35 advantage.

Sami Barakat made two free throws with 16 seconds left to extend Simi Valley’s lead to 48-43 and ice the game.

MARMONTE LEAGUE PLAY-IN GAME

Agoura’s 61-60 win over Calabasas coupled with Oaks Christians’ 52-49 victory over Westlake has led to a tiebreaker game that will be held Friday at Agoura High between Oaks Christian and Calabasas. The game will determine the Marmonte League’s third-place finisher, which will get an automatic playoff berth. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Agoura 61, Calabasas 60: Nasir Meyer led the Chargers with 28 points, including the game-winning basket.

Oaks Christian 52, Westlake 49: The Lion’s Isayah Garica scored 11 points. Westlake’s Austin Maziasz tallied 22 points and eight rebounds.

Thousand Oaks 68, Newbury Park 57

OTHER GAMES

Knight 75, Eastside 56: Malik Larane poured in 29 points to help the Hawks clinch an outright Golden League title.

Crescenta Valley 70, Arcadia 55: Mikail Grigoryan led CV with 23 points. Vaughn Zargarian added 13 points, including three 3s.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Chaminade 63, Harvard-Westlake 47: Hunter Hudson led Chaminade with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Alanna Neale added 10 points for the Eagles, who have won four straight heading into the playoffs.

Sierra Canyon 61, Marlborough 36: Mackenly Randolph led the Trailblazers with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Juju Watkins, who scored 60 points in the team’s last game, did not play Thursday.

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