After Compton began their season with an upset of Westchester on Monday, basketball fans wondered if they could keep the momentum rolling against state-ranked Loyola. The Tarbabes did fight throughout the game, but just weren't quite there yet in a 72-57 loss to the Cubs at the 60th annual Pacific Shore Tournament.

"They kept their composure, and we didn't," said Tarbabes coach Tony Thomas. "We need to get back in the gym and work on some things."

Compton jumped out to a 4-0 lead but fell behind 8-4, and trailed 17-10 after the first quarter. They kept using great athleticism and defensive intensity to key runs to make it close, but Loyola answered every time, with the speed and skill of Justin Childress and sophomore Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who combined for 32 points.

Going into the fourth, Loyola was up 60-39, before the Tarbabes kicked off the fourth with a 10-0 run-which Loyola answered with a 7-0 run of their own.

The Cubs' press break seemed to really bother Compton, a particular frustration for Thomas since he said his coaches had worked with the team on breaking the Loyola press break all afternoon. "We just weren't in the right place," said Thomas. "We lost our heads."

Victor Robbins led Compton with 12 points and five rebounds, backed up by Roman Pruitt and Lorenzo Murphy's 11 points apiece, and Chris Lewis' 10. Their next game will be on Friday at 5:50pm at Redondo Union, against the loser of Palisades and Redondo Union.

Sports Guy Mike Guardabascio has been writing professionally for a decade, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards and is the author of the historical book "Football in Long Beach."

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