New Overall State Boys BB Top 20

Get ready for major movement next week as section playoffs conclude throughout the state. Four new teams were placed among this week's top 20, headed up by league rivals Inglewood and Redondo. No. 1 Westchester will meet No. 3 Fairfax for fourth time this year in Saturday's L.A. City Section final.

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STATE TOP 20 OVERALL

(All divisions combined; after games of Feb. 16; last week's rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Westchester (Los Angeles) 27-2

Comets to face Fairfax in L.A. City title game on Friday. They won by 83-63 in semis over Fremont and had six players reach double figures.

2. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 25-4

Coach Gary McKnight gets win No. 600, then team gives him No. 601 in 74-58 win over Woodbridge in CIF Southern Section Div. II-AA quarterfinals.

3. (3) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 29-3

After defeating Dorsey 68-59 in semis, Lions will be going for their first L.A. City title since 1987.

4. (4) Centennial (Compton) 28-0

Gabriel Pruitt showed more soph savvy with 20 points in 50-43 win in CIFSS Div. III-A playoffs over Muir.

5. (5) Eisenhower (Rialto) 26-2

Lakewood gives the Eagles a scare in CIFSS Div. I playoffs before falling, 72-68. Sean Marshall scored 28 for Ike.

6. (6) Poly (Long Beach) 26-3

Was this one of those girls routs? Nope, Jackrabbit boys actually won CIFSS Div. I playoff game by 90-35 over Fontana.

7. (7) Technical (Oakland) 24-3

Bulldogs now looking toward OAL playoffs, where they can't slack off or team like Oakland could upset them.

8. (8) Horizon (San Diego) 24-4

Nate Carter scored 24 points and had 15 rebounds as Panthers opened CIF San Diego Section Div. IV playoffs with a rout.

9. (10) Clovis West (Fresno) 25-3

Golden Eagles could run into Clovis again in this weekend's CIF Central Section Yosemite Div. finals.

10. (9) M.L. King (Riverside) 27-3

Making the CIFSS Div. II-A finals as a new school is nice, but overtime win over Elsinore could be bad omen for title matchup vs. Redondo.

11. (12) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 25-2

Panthers better not get caught looking ahead to possible matchup vs. De La Salle in Saturday's CIFNCS Div. I final.

12. (13) Serra (Gardena) 26-3

Pronounciation guide for super-quick Cavs point guard Eugene Jeter. It's Jet-ter, not Gee-ter. Eugene sure resembles a jet.

13. (nr) Inglewood 24-5

Remember them from early in the season? Villa Park does. Previous No. 14 Panthers got smoked by the Sentinels, 63-46.

14. (nr) Redondo (Redondo Beach) 22-6

Despite subpar shooting from Wendell White, Seahawks beat previous No. 16 Santa Margarita, 56-53. Keith Ellison led the way with 28 points.

15. (15) De La Salle (Concord) 23-4

Spartans were awarded the top seed in the NCS Div. I playoffs, which put them in a slightly easier bracket than No. 2 St. Mary's.

16. (18) Vallejo 24-5

No slowing down for super soph DeMarcus Nelson as he scored 32 in 87-59 win over Atwater in CIF Sac-Joaquin playoffs.

17. (19) Garces (Bakersfield) 25-4

If there were any football players on the Dos Palos basketball team, they now know what it feels like to get romped: Garces 100, Dos Palos 38.

18. (20) Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 26-3

Too bad V.P. Dick Cheney didn't check out Verbum Dei namesake Richard Chaney during his trip last week to Southern California.

19. (nr) Washington (Easton) 20-4

Oochie, Goochie, Goo. Keenan Gooch scores 21 in win over Yosemite and 31 in win over Selma.

20. (nr) Loyola (Los Angeles) 25-3

Time to finally get the Cubs in there after Omar Wilkes netted 29 in 83-59 CIFSS Div. I-A playoff victory vs. Cajon.


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