STATE TOP 20 OVERALL
(All divisions; NorCal & SoCal combined; after games of Feb. 16; last week's rank in parentheses)
1. (1) Westchester (Los Angeles) 25-2
Brandon Bowman had 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals as Comets smoked Cleveland of Reseda, 96-41, in L.A. City Section playoff opener.
2. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 23-4
Before Gary McKnight starts thinking too much about coaching at Madison Square Garden in the McDonald's All-American Game, he's got another state title to play for.
3. (3) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 27-3
Evan Burns scored 30 and freshman star-in-the-making Jamal Boykin had 10 in easy playoff win over Locke.
4. (4) Centennial (Compton) 26-0
Next up for Apaches in CIF Southern Section Div. III-AA playoffs is Pomona (20-7). They won first playoff game 110-66 over Blair.
5. (5) Eisenhower (Rialto) 24-2
Ike crushed Paramount in CIFSS Div. I-AA playoff opener, 82-44, even though it trailed by one at the end of the first quarter.
6. (6) Poly (Long Beach) 24-3
Bobby Jones poured in 17 points in the first quarter and settled for 21 in easy 97-40 playoff romp over Glendale.
7. (7) Technical (Oakland) 23-3
Leon Powe can't be stopped with 36 points in 96-65 win over Fremont and 25 more in 61-28 win vs. McClymonds.
8. (8) Horizon (San Diego) 22-4
Two more easy wins by the Panthers puts them into the Student Sports West Region Top 15.
9. (9) King (Riverside) 25-3
Marvin Lea stayed red-hot with 34 points as Wolves won CIFSS Div. II playoff opener, 98-77, over Bellflower.
10. (13) Clovis West (Fresno) 24-3
Local paper has CW behind Washington of Easton, but we like CW's results vs. out-of-area foes a bit more.
11. (10) Dorsey (Los Angeles) 18-6
Recent comment that Dons were ousted and then put back into L.A. City Section playoffs was incorrect.
12. (11) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 23-2
Will Panthers get top seed in NCS Div. I playoffs or will De La Salle and its past success get the nod?
13. (15) Serra (Gardena) 24-3
Hard to believe Cavaliers did not set school record in 135-32 playoff win over Chino Boys Republic. They once scored 138.
14. (18) Villa Park 24-3
Spartans have a terrific one-two punch with senior Brice Prather and junior Sean Phaler.
15. (16) De La Salle (Concord) 21-4
Bay Valley Athletic League competition won't get Spartans ready for postseason, but coach Frank Allocco will.
16. (20) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 22-4
Eagles breezed past Dos Pueblos of Goleta, 92-54, in CIFSS Div. II playoff opener.
17. (19) Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 20-7
Guard Derrick Clark declared ineligible for the playoffs, but unknown if any forfeits are down the road.
18. (nr) Vallejo 23-5
Surging Apaches, with super soph DeMarcus Nelson, have climbed to No. 5 in NorCal overall top 10.
19. (nr) Garces (Bakersfield) 24-4
Rams, with 6-10 super soph Robert Swift, are No. 1 in Cent. Sect. Seqouia-Sierra rankings ahead of Washington.
20. (nr) Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 24-3
The L.A. Times has had the Eagles high all year. They haven't played much of a schedule lately, but they looked good in December.