Downey boys basketball off to hot start

DOWNEY – The Downey High School boys’ basketball team is currently undefeated with a record of 6-0 and played Long Beach Jordan on Wednesday night in the Artesia Tournament (score unavailable at press time).

Downey defeated Huntington Beach 66-53 on Tuesday night in their first game of the same Artesia Tournament.

The Vikings finished 4-0 in the El Monte Tournament which was held November 20-23. Downey defeated Brea-Olinda 63-26 in their first game on 11/20, defeated Gardena 54-50 in their second game on 11/21, defeated Mira Costa 59-56 in their third game on 11/23 and defeated Gahr 59-47 in their fourth and final game on 11/24.

The Vikings have certainly been playing well and their record is evidence of that.

Downey will play at Staples Center against Cerritos on Dec. 20 and will compete in the Ranch Mirage Holiday Classic on Dec. 26-27. The Vikings are scheduled to play Thousand Oaks at 12:30 p.m. on 12/26 and are scheduled to play Rancho Mirage at 11:30 a.m. on 12/27.

Downey will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the Pirates on Jan. 4.

The Vikings finished last season with an overall record of 10-16 and were 4-6 in S.G.V.L. play. Downey did not qualify for postseason competition.

WARREN GIRLS BASKETBALL: The Warren High School girls’ basketball team currently has a record of 0-2 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood to face the Lady Knights on Jan. 4.

The Lady Bears are currently competing in the Hawk Classic Tournament. Warren was defeated by the Los Alamitos Lady Griffins, 57-38, on Tuesday night and were defeated by the Sunny Hills Lady Lancers, 54-50, on Wednesday night in the same tournament.

Warren hosted Ontario last night (score unavailable at press time), will host Whittier on Dec. 10 and will travel to Orange Lutheran on Dec. 12. The Lady Bears will also be competing in a winter break tournament after Christmas.

Warren celebrated a historic season last year. The Lady Bears were crowned the C.I.F. Division 3AA champions after defeating Cabrillo of Lompoc at Warren 47-42 in the championship game. The Lady Bears were then defeated by Legacy High School, 74-73, in overtime in the first round of the 2018 C.I.F. state girls’ basketball championships.

The Lady Bears finished last season with an overall record of 20-11 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 6-4. Coach Palmer, her staff and players are all looking forward to preseason play and competing for a league title.

Lynwood and cross-town rival Downey will once again be the teams to beat in league play.

DOWNEY GIRLS SOCCER: The Downey High School girls’ soccer team is currently 0-1 after being defeated by San Gabriel Mission, 1-0, at Downey on Dec. 1.

The Lady Vikings traveled to West Covina on Wednesday night for their game against the Lady Bulldogs (score unavailable at press time) and will host Long Beach Poly later today.

The Lady Vikings will compete in the Best in the West Tournament tomorrow where they are scheduled to play Flintridge Prep of La Canada at 9:30 a.m. and La Quinta at 12:40 p.m. Downey is also scheduled to play J Serra Catholic of San Juan Capistrano on Dec. 11 and North Torrance on Dec. 13.

The Lady Vikings will also compete in the Best in the West Tournament at Rio Hondo College on Dec. 15 against “opponents to be determined later.”

Downey will host Paramount on Jan. 2 in the San Gabriel Valley League opener for both schools. The Lady Vikings finished last season with an overall record 12-7-4 and 7-2-1 in league play. Downey was eliminated by Mayfair at Mayfair 3-0 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.

Cross-town rival Warren is the 2018 league champion and will once again be the team to beat in league play.

SportsMark Fetter