Marcus Adams Jr. of Narbonne was strolling along with a mere seven points and his team was trailing by seven to Long Beach Jordan in the third quarter Wednesday at Redondo Union. A timeout and look at the scoreboard was all Adams needed to respond like a bear disturbed in hibernation.
He immediately made a three-pointer and the 6-foot-7 senior finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds to help the Gauchos defeat Jordan 64-62 in a Ryse Williams tournament game. His brother Maximo, a 6-6 freshman, scored 13 points and made three threes.
"It awakened the whole team, especially me," Marcus said of the sudden deficit.
There's little doubt the Gauchos (1-1) will be the team to beat in City Section basketball, but they remain a work in progress. There are players hurt and one key sit-out-period player, Trey Jones, a transfer from Windward, becomes eligible late next month. They still need to develop chemistry under first-year coach Kumase Demesma.
"We're still trying to find our identity," Demesma said.
Once they do, there's plenty of improvement that can be made. In Marcus Adams, there's a whole lot of talent to build around. People have said the City Section was done producing elite players. Not true. Adams is that good. He had two dunks, made a couple of threes, dribbled at times like a guard and appears to have a lot more to offer before the season ends.
Frank Chambers scored 23 points for Jordan.
Beverly Hills 46, Long Beach Poly 44: In a thriller, Jameson Caruso drove the length of the court after a missed Poly free throw with 5.5 seconds left and scored with 0.3 seconds left to give Beverly Hills (6-0) the victory. He had 16 points and Jon Mani 14. Jovani Ruff led Poly with 19 points. Kairi Shepherd scored and was fouled with 5.5 seconds left to tie the game but missed the free throw for Poly.
St. Paul 45, St. Monica 40: Maurice Wright scored 13 points and Kamron Fontenot added 12 points for St. Paul (5-1).
Bishop Alemany 63, El Camino Real 60: Jared Mims scored 17 points and Paris Lassiter 16 for Alemany.
Santa Monica 54, Riverside Poly 44: Joshua Hecht finished with 24 points for Santa Monica.
Village Christian 82, Palisades 60: Thomas Luczak led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Village Christian.
Loyola 63, San Pedro 47: Hugh Vandeweghe scored 23 points and Trent Turner 14 for Loyola.
Rolling Hills Prep 49, Gardena Serra 44: Alec Peterson had 14 points and Kenny Manzi added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Rolling Hills Prep.
Oxnard 82, Chaminade 63: Dominik Contreras, a 6-5 senior, scored 25 points and Reese Widerburg added 24 points for 2-0 Oxnard. Coltrane Marchand scored 25 points for Chaminade.
Cleveland 57, Muir 46: JD Wyatt and Justin Rosenbaum each scored 17 points for Cleveland.
Sierra Canyon 77, Crossroads 61: Bronny James scored 25 points for the Trailblazers.
Servite 66, Western 34: Aaron Balistrieri had 13 points for the 2-0 Friars.
Newbury Park 66, Granada Hills 63: The Panthers prevailed in overtime, with Cooper Lucas scoring 26 points.
Colony 51, Temescal Canyon 48: Denzel Hines contributed 25 points and 10 rebounds for Colony.
Granada Hills 56, Holy Martyrs 32: Karma Perez had 11 points and Emma Perez contributed 14 rebounds for the Highlanders.
Mater Dei 87, North Torrance 30: Jenessa Colton scored 18 points, Addie Deal 15 and Shaena Brew 15 for the Monarchs.
Servite 1, Godinez 1: In a matchup of top Southern Section teams, defending Division 1 champion Servite had to settle for a tie. Anthony Lopez gave the Friars a 1-0 lead before Godinez scored late.
San Clemente 5, Dana Hills 0: Max Gonzales had three goals for San Clemente.
Huntington Beach 2, Harvard-Westlake 1: The Oilers triumphed despite having to come back from a 1-0 deficit after a goal by Vicky Pugh.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.