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Basketball: Compton Takes Down Wilson

With the regular season winding down, The Compton boys basketball team is starting to catch its stride at just the right time.

After a big win against Long Beach Poly on Monday, the Tarbabes took care of business at Wilson defeating the Bruins 76-51 Wednesday night.

Compton (17-9, 7-3) was once again led by phenomenal play from Kobi Malone and Patrick Johnson who combined to score 33 points. Malone scored 18 while Johnson scored 15.

“We came out strong today,” Johnson said. “I feel like it’s all about coming out strong. My team played together and we were in the right spots and we played good defense.”

Jabari Steward and the Tarbabes did a solid job denying Wilson’s Jackson Barnhill easy baskets in the paint and held the senior to five points.

“We were able to shut down their best players and we just got the win,” Johnson said. “On to the next.”

The Bruins (12-13, 2-7) were led by Jason Allen who scored 11 points, but it wasn’t enough as poor shooting and hot shooting from Compton never gave Wilson a chance to mount a comeback.

“I talked to the team and told them when you have a big team like that and they start hitting shots, it makes it tough,” WIlson coach James Boykin said. “And for our big guys not to have any production offensively, it makes it tough.”

For Compton, the team is starting to get things going as they prepare for what will be a tough road in the CIF-SS Division 2AA playoffs.

The Tarbabes will finish up league play against Cabrillo on Friday and then Jordan next Tuesday. Wilson faces the top two teams in the Moore League standings starting with Millikan on Friday and Poly next Tuesday.

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Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.