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Aces and Deuces in high school basketball playoffs
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published March 3, 2011

by Jason Douglas Lewis

Bre’lon Leverette and the Westchester Comets are driving hard to defend their City championship.  Taft may be the team to beat, but they have not beaten Westchester in the title game in three tries. Photo by Jason Lewis

Chante Miles (5) and Janitah Iamaleava (32) led Carson to the City title last year over Narbonne, and they look to do it again this year.  But this year Narbonne has run through the City, including two 14-point victories over Carson. Photo by Nick Koza

Taft, Westchester, Narbonne, Carson, Long Beach Poly, Inglewood, Price, and Serra all advance to the championship games.

By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor

There were not any shockers in the City Section playoffs, as No. 1 Taft and No. 2 Westchester made it to the Division I title game in the boy’s bracket, and No. 1 Narbonne and No. 2 Carson will play for the girl’s Division I championship, both games at the Galen Center at USC on Saturday.  The girl’s game at 11 a.m. and the boy’s game at 1 p.m.

It’s been said for months that this is Taft’s year, and they made a statement earlier this season when they went on the road to beat Westchester.  After running through the City, including a 78-59 victory over Palisades in the semifinals round, Taft looks to finally knock off Westchester when it matters the most. 

Not surprisingly Westchester, who is 3-0 against Taft in championship games, is standing in the way. 

Can Westchester knock off Taft once again?  Well of course they can, they are Westchester, and they’ve won 11 City titles under head coach Ed Azzam. 

Taft has played in the last three City title games, but the only one they won was in 2008, when Westchester wasn’t in the game.  In the last two City championship games Westchester knocked Taft off.

Westchester made it to the title game by beating Washington 67-59. 

Like Taft, the Narbonne girl’s team is looking to avenge a City championship loss from last year.  Carson beat  Narbonne last year for the championship, and Carson is right back in the title game with another shot at knocking off Narbonne again. 

But this Narbonne team may be too dominant for Carson.  Other than Washington, no City school has played within 10 points of Narbonne.  Washington did that twice during the regular season, but all that got them was a 76-48 loss to Narbonne in the semifinals match up. 

Carson lost 55-41 in both games against Narbonne this year, and it would be a major upset if Carson pulled out a victory to defend their City title.        

Division II, III, and the small schools division will play City championship games at Roybal Learning Center. 

The boy’s Division II game will be between No. 1 University and No. 2 Palisades at 8 p.m. on Friday.  The Small Schools Division will be between No. 1 View Park and No. 3 LACES on Thursday at 8 p.m.

The girl’s Division II game will be between No. 1 Palisades and No. 6 South East on Friday at 6 p.m.  The Small Schools Division will be between No. 1 View Park and No. 2 LACES on Thursday at 6 p.m.

In the Southern Section championship games at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Division 1AA boy’s title game will be between No. l Long Beach Poly and No. 3 Corona Centennial on Saturday at 6 p.m. and No. 3 Inglewood will play No. 1 Harvard Westlake in the Division 3A title game at 10:45 a.m.  Both games are on Saturday. 

On Thursday No. 1 Price will play No. 3 La Canada in the Division 3AA title game at 4:45 p.m. 

In the girl’s Division 3AA title game, No. 2 Serra will play No. 1 Santa Maria St. Joseph on Friday at 5:15 p.m. 

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