Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 11:35 AM
By Matt Lopez
Denzel Holt scored 15 points and Ryan Manoocheri added 14 points to help Beverly Hills High to a 56-40 Ocean League win over Santa Monica on Senior Night at the Swim Gym.
The victory pushed the Normans to 20-5 and 9-0 in league, one win away from their first undefeated run through the Ocean League in what Coach Jarvis Turner said was the first time “in a long time.. maybe ever.”
Police presence was heavy before, during and after the game, on the heels of an altercation between students from the rival schools after the two teams played on Jan. 23 at Santa Monica. Cell phone video went viral of a brawl between students in the parking lot following the game, that included punches being thrown at BHHS students and the headlights and taillights of one BHHS student’s car being broken.
Both Beverly Hills and Santa Monica PD were on the scene Tuesday, and after the game large crowds of students spilled out into the streets near the school, with some students jawing back and forth. There were reports of minor scuffles between students. At least one person was detained briefly for questioning by police, but no arrests were made. As of Wednesday, there was no reported damage to any vehicles or property.
“There were some instances of verbal disputes but no reports of any physical altercations. One juvenile was briefly detained as a result of a dispute but was quickly released when it was determine no crime had occurred.” BHPD Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said.
The game itself was tight early, although the Normans led wire-to-wire. The team nursed a 22-16 lead at halftime, but blew the game open in the second half thanks to sharp shooting from players like Trevor Bergher (9 points).
In a much-hyped battle of big men, BHHS’ 6-10 Arizona-bound Chance Comanche went toe-to-toe with Santa Monica’s 7-foot junior Jayce Johnson. Comanche had 7 points, 7 rebounds and five blocks. Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds but was held scoreless by Comanche.
“These guys have been great all year, and have been committed to the team, they are deserving of all the success they’ve had,” Turner said. “We’ve got a great group of guys who played together and wanted to win.”