Compton gets Double CIF scoop
Compton and Centennial poised for section championships Saturday
By Evan Barnes
Sentinel Sports Editor
The city of Compton will be represented well at the Southern Section championships - even without perennial power Dominguez.
Compton Centennial will face Gardena Serra in the Division IIIA final at the Honda Center and right afterward, Compton will make their first CIF final appearance since 1998 when they take on Murrieta Valley in the Division IIAA championship.
While Centennial earned their spot with a comeback over Harvard Westlake - a team they had beaten earlier this season - Compton had a tougher road that included upsetting the No. 2 seed Edison.
The Tarbabes have gone under the radar since the DeMar DeRozan era ended in 2008. That year, the current NBA rookie led the Tarbabes to the Division IA quarterfinals.
Two years later, they're back in the spotlight. Led by Arizona-bound Cliff Sims, they have a chance to win their first CIF title since 1969. Although they finished second to Long Beach Poly in the Moore League, yet they're the last team standing after Poly fell to Etiwanda in the Division IA semifinals.
Centennial has a tough hurdle of their own in the form of Gardena Serra, who defeated them 68-59 at the Ocean View Tournament of Champions. The Apaches are attempting to win their first CIF title since 2006.
They'll be the underdog against one of the most talented and deepest teams in the state but it will be a great battle between Deonte Burton and Serra's Keith Shamburger, two of the best scoring guards in Southern California...
Last year, Inglewood's girls' team walked into their CIF championship game at Mater Dei and left disappointed and emotional after their 50-46 loss to Foothill.
"We still have pictures of that for motivation," Inglewood assistant head coach David Gray said after the Sentinels (26-5) defeated Bishop Amat to return to the CIF championship game.
It's driven the team all season and when they face Agoura (29-0) at the Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach on Saturday, they won't be intimidated by the experience.
Agoura is a solid 3-point shooting team and the Sentinels will look to combat that with their aggressive man-to-man defense.
"We've got some unfinished business," Gray said of the team's motto, "If we keep the same mentality we had [against Bishop Amat], we'll be fine against Agoura..."