Harvard-Westlake basketball dominates Sierra Canyon, moves closer to CIF-SS Open Division final

Harvard-Westlake’s Trent Perry, #0, pulls a rebound from Sierra Canyon’s Bryce Cofield, #12, during second period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Nikolas Khamenia, #4, and Sierra Canyon’s Noah Williams, #11, and Jordan Askew, #0, go for a rebound during second period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Nikolas Khamenia, #4, reacts after slamming in two points during third period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Nikolas Khamenia, #4, blocks a shot attempt by Sierra Canyon’s Justin Pippen, #1, as Harvard-Westlake’s Dominique Bentho, #30, also defends on the play during first period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Isaiah Carroll, #24, gets a loose ball from Sierra Canyon’s Jayden Alexander, #22, during second period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Sierra Canyon’s Justin Pippen, #1, drives the ball as Harvard-Westlake’s Christian Horry, #15, defends on the play during first period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Sierra Canyon’s Bryce Cofield, #12, tries to find an opening for a shot as Harvard-Westlake’s Amir Jones, #3, and Nikolas Khamenia, #4, defend during second period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Nikolas Khamenia, #4, drives past Sierra Canyon’s Noah Williams, #11, during third period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Sierra Canyon’s Justin Pippen, #1, tries to get a shot off as Harvard-Westlake’s Christian Horry, #15, and Dominique Bentho, #30, defend on the play during first period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Trent Perry, #0, pulls a rebound from Sierra Canyon’s Stephen Kankole, #3, during first period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Sierra Canyon’s Justin Pippen, #1, tries to get a shot up between Harvard-Westlake defenders Isaiah Carroll, #24, and Trent Perry, #0, during second period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Trent Perry, #4, gets double-teamed by Sierra Canyon’s Bryce Cofield, #12, and Bryce James, #10, during first period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Trent Perry, #0, drives into Sierra Canyon’s Bryce James, #10, during second period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Nikolas Khamenia, #4, forces Sierra Canyon’s Justin Pippen, #1, to loose the ball during first period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Sierra Canyon’s Justin Pippen, #1, looses the ball under pressure from Harvard-Westlake’s Josh Engelberg, #21, and Amir Jones, #3, during second period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Nikolas Khamenia, #4, forces the ball from Sierra Canyon’s Noah Williams, #11, during third period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Isaiah Carroll, #24, comes up with a rebound as Sierra Canyon’s Kamron Martin, #24, and Ethan Johnson, #4, defend during third period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Amir Jones, #, drives past Sierra Canyon’s Justin Pippen, #1, during second period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Christian Horry, #15, goes up for two points as Sierra Canyon’s Justin Pippen, #1, defends on the play during third period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harvard-Westlake’s Nikolas Khamenia, #4, drives to the basket as Sierra Canyon’s Noah Williams, #11, defends on the play third period action in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs at Havard-Westlake on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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STUDIO CITY — On any given night, it can be any given player who steps up for the Harvard-Westlake boys basketball team.

Even when the team’s two leading scorers blank in the first quarter, the Wolverines can still build a double-digit lead, which is what they did Tuesday night against Sierra Canyon in the second game of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs.

Amir Jones came off the bench to score 10 first-half points and Christian Horry logged nine points in the first half to help lead the Wolverines to a 72-38 win over the Trailblazers.

Horry finished with a game-high 14 points, two rebounds and two assists. Jones had 13 points and a block. Both players made four 3-pointers.

“That’s who they are. Those guys have that capability,” Harvard-Westlake head coach David Rebibo said about Horry and Jones. “I think playing with a really talented team at times can be overwhelming and it can get the best of you, but they just have great character and when the moment came and it was their time, they stepped up. That’s who they are and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Harvard-Westlake made 12 3-pointers as a team, with Nikolas Khamenia making two, Trent Perry making one and Isaiah Carroll making one.

While the Wolverines’ offense was firing on all cylinders, the defense was just as crucial, holding Sierra Canyon to a season-low 38 points.

Rebibo said that the makeup of this team is built on “toughness, discipline and defense,” a sentiment his players repeated.

“The last time we played them we thought we got out-toughed, so the goal was for that not to happen again,” Jones said. “We made sure we rebounded, boxed out, guarded the ball and played with heart, because that’s who we are at the end of the day.”

Perry, who was held to three points in the first half, came alive in the second half offensively, finishing with 11 points. He added 10 rebounds and 10 assists to complete the triple-double.

Khamenia finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Isaiah Carroll scored seven points off the bench. Robert Hinton added four points and three rebounds.

Sierra Canyon was led by the duo of Bryce Cofield and Noah Williams, who combined for 25 of the team’s 38 points.

Cofield played aggressively in the paint, getting to the free-throw line 13 times, but only made seven of them, a theme for the Trailblazers who struggled to score all night.

Harvard-Westlake is 2-0 in pool play and will host St. John Bosco on Friday night and will advance to the CIF-SS Open Division championship game with a victory.

St. John Bosco is 1-1 in pool play after defeating Corona Centennial 72-55 Tuesday night.

The Wolverines, who missed out on winning the CIF-SS Open championship last season, made it a goal to complete the trifecta this year, the Mission League championship, the state Open title and the CIF-SS crown.

“We’re going to look over film, go over personnel, and prepare our best,” Perry said. “Our coaches have a game plan and we’ll go over it the next couple of days until game time.”

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