Boys’ basketball: Poly’s City run comes to an end

first_imgGay, bound for San Diego State, did his best to keep the Parrots close, hitting a 3-pointer with 5:38 in the second quarter to cut the deficit to five points. The senior struggled thereafter, though, finishing 4 of 18 in the first half. “Hey, I’m human, I can’t hit every shot,” Gay said. “I just tried to shoot myself out of the slump.” Gay missed 12 shots in a row before scoring the final seven of the third quarter for Poly, which trailed 42-35 entering the fourth quarter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And he’s finally getting his chance. The 6-foot-2 junior transferred from Taft of Woodland Hills to Westchester over the summer and quickly emerged as the man in charge of running the offense. The transformation came full circle Thursday as Bellfield guided the Comets to a 63-54 victory over Poly of Sun Valley and into the City Section Championship game against Fairfax on March 3 at the Sports Arena. “Oscar is a great addition,” Westchester coach Ed Azzam said. “He gets things going for us. We feel real comfortable when the ball is in his hands.” The loss ended a rather remarkable season for third-seeded Poly (23-5), which was making its first appearance in a semifinal game since 1964. Senior standout DJ Gay struggled against the second-seeded Comets (23-5) and finished with 24 points on 8-of-33 shooting. “If you would have told me at the beginning of the season that we’d be one victory away from playing in the finals, I would’ve told you that you’re crazy,” Poly coach Brad Katz said. “DJ and the rest of the guys have nothing to be ashamed of. They can hold their heads as high as anyone else in the City.” Bellfield created numerous easy baskets for his teammates early on and Dwayne Polee Jr. was the main beneficiary of the unselfishness. The freshman, who verbally committed to USC, came off the bench and scored 10 points in the first quarter to give Westchester a 15-9 lead. center_img Oscar Bellfield didn’t expect much. All he wanted was an opportunity to play point guard. Developing into a floor leader, a distributor and a facilitator has been the goal since day one. last_img read more