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.