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Fairfax-Westchester get set for Round 1 Friday
By Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer)
Published January 15, 2009

Word of advice for anyone going to the Westchester-Fairfax game on Friday at Fairfax. Get there early.

The fans packed the gym for the junior varsity game just to beat the rush last year and you can bet they'll do the same again.

It's appropriate for the best rivalry in the City Section, one that guarantees at least three matchups in year including the postseason.

Every game last year was a certifiable classic. The first game on Jan. 18 saw Fairfax win 68-63 behind Renardo Sidney's 36 points and 19 rebounds. The second on February 6 was a double overtime thriller at Loyola Marymount won by Westchester 71-70 thanks to a breakout game by Dominique O'Connor (29 points)

And everyone remembers the rubber match in the City Section semifinals. With Westchester up by seven late, Sidney took over and scored the Lions' last 11 points, including a jumper with two seconds left to clinch the 55-53 victory.

Needless to say, Friday's game has all the hype of a playoff game.

You have three of the City's best seniors in Sidney and Solomon Hill for Fairfax and O'Connor for Westchester. Not to mention the winner will be the leader for the No. 1 seed in the City.

But there's no need to really hype this game. If you need me to say anymore, you don't know basketball.

Just get to Fairfax early and get ready for some of the basketball you'll see this year.

This game isn't the only way to get your basketball fix. Saturday features two great tournaments to enjoy on this 3-day weekend

The first is the MLK Hoops Classic at L.A.C.E.S. Lynwood, Price and Serra will be in attendance but the two best games will be in the afternoon and the evening.

Fremont will take on Sylmar at 4 p.m. and the Pathfinders should be at full strength with Tony Freeland back from an injury. They'll need him to neutralize UCLA-bound Tyler Honeycutt but it'll be a good match-up that could be a City Section playoff preview.

The 8:30 p.m. finale has two of the best small schools facing off in L.A. Windward against Pacific Hills.

If this were a card game, both teams have aces with Windward bringing Darius Morris and Anthony Stover (Michigan and UCLA-bound, respectively) and Pacific Hills' duo of Derrick Flowers (UC Irvine) and Alex Osborne.

That's a tournament closer to home but if you want to travel a bit, go to Pierce College for Taft's second annual "To The Rack Showcase."

At 4:30 p.m., Compton Centennial takes on Cleveland and in the 8 pm. finale; Compton takes on the host Taft.

Centennial-Cleveland could be a good shoot-out between two great scoring guards in Cleveland senior Prince Obasi and Centennial junior guard Thomas Hammock

It's been a down year for the Tarbabes (6-7) in the post DeMar DeRozan era and it'll be a tough go against the Toreadors.

But it will be a great weekend for those looking for something to do on this 3-day weekend.

Categories: High School

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