Two potential Oregon recruits square off.

Arron Afflalo, 6-4 JR SG, Compton (Calif.) Centennial, squared off against blossoming rival Bryce Taylor, 6-3 JR SG, Studio City (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake, in the CIF Southern Section III-A Championship Saturday at the Arrowhead Pond.

Afflalo and Taylor are probably the two best shooting guards on the west coast in the high school junior class.

Even though Taylor and Harvard-Westlake won the game in overtime, 66-65, most observers believed that Afflalo had a bit of an edge in the game.

Bryce Taylor

In terms of the results, though, Taylor might have gotten the best of Afflalo. Afflalo fouled out in overtime, which left Taylor with the opportunity to score on a layup with four seconds left in overtime and give Harvard-Westlake the victory over Centennial, 66-65.

Taylor finished with 24 points while Afflalo had 25 points and 9 rebounds. Before Afflalo fouled out, though, he was taking over the game, playing point guard and creating for his teammates or scoring himself on every possession. He also shut down Taylor for a good portion of the second half on defense.

It could be the beginning of a beautiful rivalrly between Taylor and Afflalo. The two will probably be #1 and #2 in the west coast rankings of junior shooting guards this spring, and they are considering many of the same colleges, including UCLA, Arizona, USC and Stanford.

Afflalo and Bryce are both 3-Star shooting guards as rated by

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