Healthy Compton blows past South Torrance for first-round win

Tony Thomas popped out of his seat immediately. 

Thomas’ junior forward Raysean Scott went up for a rebound and came down hard on his right arm with just under two minutes left in the first half of the Tarbabes 75-43 CIF Southern Section Division 2A win at South Torrance (15-11) Friday night. 

Thomas walked down to the baseline. Once he saw Scott pop up off the floor he looked at one of the officials.

"Ref, where’s the foul?" Thomas questioned with both arms extended. 

Scott was called for a travel. South Torrance was awarded the basketball. 

The concern on Thomas’ part wasn’t the lack of a foul called. It was, primarily, on Scott’s health. 

On Monday Scott had a cast removed from his right hand, the result of a broken wrist suffered earlier this season and had it taped Friday night. 

Scott was in his first game back since the injury. 

"That was how he hurt his wrist the last time," Thomas said. "I was like ‘Wow, not again.’ "

Added Scott: "It was scary because I, actually, came down on the wrist I just broke. So, I was kind of scared …I didn’t really feel it because my adrenaline was pumping." 

Much like he bounced back from the fall, Scott bounced back from the injury in a major way to lead Compton  (17-10) with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks off of the bench in the first round win. 

The 18 points tied teammate Javonntie Jackson for the game high. 

Scott, who practiced twice this week after having the cast removed, returned to the lineup with senior guard Robert Lewis who was in his first game back as well two weeks after having a cast removed from his left foot, the result of an ankle injury. 

Lewis and Scott both entered the game with just under four minutes to play in the first quarter Friday night. 

"Ray (Scott) looked good," Thomas said. "Rob (Lewis), a little sluggish but we’ll work through it." 

Lewis finished with just two points, both coming from the free throw line, in limited action. 

Compton never allowed the Spartans to get settled on Friday night. The Tarbabes sped up South Torrance and forced 19 turnovers with its full court press. 

South was paced by Jordan Tang’s 11 points. 

Compton opened the second quarter with a 13-2 run and held a 41-19 halftime lead. 

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South Torrance was outscored 21-6 in the third quarter alone. 

For the first time since November Thomas had everyone on his roster available Friday night, he says. 

Unlike last season when the Tarbabes were selected to play in the Open Division, Compton is competing in Division 2A this time around. Finally healthy, they have a real shot to win the division as the No. 4 seed. 

"It’s a blessing in disguise," Lewis said. "We would have liked to been in the Open Division but this just betters our chances for a (CIF) championship."

Compton will host Ventura Buena (21-7) in a second round matchup on Tuesday.