Work in progress. That's the best description for Birmingham's basketball team, which might win the City Section championship come June. Despite missing shots, struggling with rebounds and making turnovers, the Patriots (1-1) still had enough to defeat Gardena Serra 59-51 in a nonleague game Monday at Birmingham.
Coach Nick Halic knows his team will get a lot better with practice and games and the Patriots will have an early edge over fellow City Section opponents because they will have a three-week head start playing games and practicing in a gym. The other City Section teams aren't allowed to play games or practice in a gym until their school sends in required safety site reports to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
David Elliott scored 25 points, Kris Cook 14 and Larry Olayinka 10 to lead Birmingham. Tomi Adesijihad 19 points and Jeremy Dent-Smith 15 for Serra (2-3).
Shalhavet 72, Calabasas 62: Zeev Remer scored 26 points and Jacob Pofsky added 24 points.
Harvard-Westlake 72, Palisades 41: Kiki Iriafen finished with 19 points and 20 rebounds.
Westlake 4, Newbury Park 2: Seth White struck out 10, and Shea Upton had two hits and two RBIs.
Thousand Oaks 10, Agoura 0: Myles Weiss threw the shutout and Charlie Saum and Roc Riggio hit home runs for the unbeaten Lancers.
El Camino Real 5, Narbonne 2: Josh Wood struck out eight.
Huntington Beach 18, Fountain Valley 4: Blake Penso hit two home runs and Aiden Espinoza belted a grand slam for the Oilers.
Camarillo 8, Buena 3: Matt Lopez homered and finished with three RBIs.
King 5, Temecula Valley 1: Evan Yates had two hits and two RBIs.
Cypress 7, San Clemente 0: Three pitchers combined on the shutout.
JSerra 5, Gahr 3: Anthony Haleman had two hits and two RBIs.
Sylmar 6, North Hollywood 2: AJ Hernandez threw the complete game and had three hits. Favian Pinion went four for four.
Granada Hills 4, Palisades 2: Will White finished with three hits.
Marina 3, Edison 2: Gavin Langer had a walk-off single in the seventh.
San Pedro 4, Gardena 0: Valerie Torres scored two goals for the Pirates (4-0).
Loyola 2, Harvard-Westlake 0: The Cubs improved to 7-0 in the Mission League behind goals from Alejandro Sanchez and Malcolm Hawkins.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.