When Aaron Powell was 9 years old and playing one on one against his mother, Mia, a former Cal Poly Pomona women's player, he did a crossover dribble that left her stumbling to the ground. That was the clearest sign that the boy in the family was headed to basketball success. By junior high, his dad, Jasen, also a former Cal Poly Pomona player, suffered defeat, too.
Powell is now a standout junior guard at Campbell Hall High (3-0), and the sky is the limit to his basketball future. He contributed 21 points Tuesday in a 76-59 win over Inglewood in an opening game of the Redondo Union Ryse Williams tournament. He made three-pointers, pull-up jumpers and a thunderous one-handed dunk.
Campbell Hall has aspirations of winning the Gold Coast League championship, a Southern Section championship and state title. It's a team with lots of athletes who can play good defense. Powell, playing point guard, is the court leader who makes things happen offensively and defensively.
Beverly Hills 69, Crean Lutheran 68: Lior Baradarian scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and made a series of clutch free throws to lead the Normans (5-0). Jon Mani had 18 points. Freshman Kaiden Bailey scored 28 points for Crean Lutheran, making 13 of 13 free throws as well as a half-court shot at the buzzer.
Harvard-Westlake 83, St. Anthony 40: Brady Dunlap returned from an ankle injury to score 14 points for the Wolverines. Robert Hinton added 14 points.
Crespi 72, Simi Valley 71: The Celts stayed unbeaten and pulled out the victory behind two clutch free throws form Malakai Perrantes. Freshman Joe Sterling had 36 points for Crespi.
Cleveland 103, San Fernando 32: Sophomore JD Wyatt made six threes and finished with 23 points for the Cavaliers.
Oak Park 77, Compton Centennial 26: Isaiah Sherrard had 14 points for Oak Park.
Rolling Hills Prep 70, Carson 32: Kenny Manzi contributed 22 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
Colony 88, San Jacinto 42: Jaidyn Simpson scored 21 points and Denzel Hines added 20 points for Colony.
Oxnard 70, Royal 41: Reese Widerburg and Dominik Contreras each scored 15 points for Oxnard.
Brentwood 71, Venice 38: Jordan Houegban had 13 points for the 6-0 Eagles.
Windward 71, Pacifica Christian 60: Gavin Hightower finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Windward.
Crenshaw 59, Hamilton 44: Quincy Reese led the unbeaten Cougars with 17 points.
Saugus 54, Valencia 52: In a Foothill League opener, the Centurions prevailed behind Max Tengan, who scored 26 points.
West Ranch 80, Canyon 50: Jaqari Miles led a balanced attack with 16 points as West Ranch won its 25th consecutive Foothill League game.
Damien 73, Northview 32: Xavaier Clinton led Damien with 16 points.
Birmingham 65, Sun Valley Poly 63: DeeDee Berry and Sammy Velasquez each scored 15 points for the Patriots.
Chatsworth 54, Viewpoint 40: The Chancellors have started the season 6-0.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.