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February 12, 2013

Basketball Playoffs Preview





Here's Jack Pollon's preview of the playoffs that begin tonight in the Southern Section and continue tomorrow night for the LA City Section, with an emphasis on the Daily News coverage area.

City Section
Div. I

Top four seeds

1. Westchester
2. El Camino Real
3. Crenshaw
4. Palisades

Locals in the draw: Birmingham, Taft. Cleveland

Team to watch: Fairfax. The Lions are always dangerous, and feature Reggie Theus, Jr., Omari Mundy, Chaunce Hill and freshman Lindsey Drew.

Player to watch: Maleke Haynes, El Camino Real, Jr.
The tiny point guard has taken on a leadership quality the Conquistadores will need to make a championship run.

City Section
Div. II

Top four seeds

1. Kennedy
2. Sylmar
3. Granada Hills
4. Bell

Locals in the draw: Verdugo Hills, Reseda

Team to watch: Granada Hills. The Highlanders upset Birmingham last Friday, were tested in the West Valley League and are well-coached by Don Loperena.

Player to watch: Devenir Deruisseau, Sylmar, Jr.
The 6-foot-8 transfer from Palmdale hasn't lived up to the potential Long Beach St. and other colleges saw this past summer on the travel circuit.

City Section
Div. III

Top four seeds

1. Los Angeles
2. Hamilton
3. Chatsworth
4. Poly (Sun Valley)

Locals in the draw: Grant, North Hollywood

Team to watch: Grant. The Lancers are 20-7 and feature high-scoring guard Tullio Parry.

Player to watch: Santiago Grady, Los Angeles, Sr.
Grady is an excellent left-handed 3-point shooter. Grady nearly scored 30 points in a nonleague victory against Poly on Jan. 3.

City Section
Small-schools

Top four seeds

1. View Park Prep
2. L.A.C.E.S.
3. Fulton Prep
4. Rancho Dominguez

Locals in the draw: Vaughn Charter, Sun Valley, Valley Academy, S.O.C.E.S.

Team to watch: View Park Prep is the clear cut favorite with a talented roster, which includes 6-foot-10 forwards Brodricks Jones and Chance Comanche.

Player to watch: Isaiah Cooper, Vaughn Charter, Sr.
It wouldn't be surprising if Cooper netted over 30 points per game

Southern Section

Div. I-AA

Top four seeds

1. Mater Dei
2. Long Beach Poly
3. Centennial/Corona
4. Mission Viejo

Locals in the draw: Highland, Knight, Palmdale

Team to watch: Orange Lutheran. The Lancers were an at-large selection from the Trinity League but could make a run to the semifinals behind Penn St.-bound Payton banks.

Player to watch: Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei, So.
The man-child can do it all and will likely play in the NBA.

Div. I-A

Top four seeds

1. El Toro
2. Santa Monica
3. West Ranch
4. Crescenta Valley

Locals in the draw: Burroughs, Glendale, Burbank

Team to watch: Valencia. An after-thought in the Foothill League behind West Ranch and Hart, the Vikings could surprise and make a deep run.

Player to watch: Jordan Mathews, Santa Monica, Sr.
Mathews is a prolific scorer that can carry the team down the stretch.

Div. II-AA

Top four seeds

1. JW North
2. Thousand Oaks
3. Villa Park
4. Sunny Hills

Locals in the draw: Camarillo, Canyon, Lancaster, Eastside

Team to watch: Camarillo. The Dons won the Pacific View League and certainly would not be intimidated by a quarterfinal game against Thousand Oaks.

Player to watch: Ben Taufahema, Canyon, So.
Taufahema can shoot from the parking lot. Taufahema led Canyon in scoring numerous times this season.

Div. II-A

Top four seeds

1. Westlake
2. Redondo Union
3. Canyon/Anaheim
4. Elsinore

Locals in the draw: Moorpark, Saugus, Newbury Park

Team to watch: Redondo Union. Under the direction of coach Reggie Morris, Jr., the Sea Hawks have enough athletes to matchup with Westlake.

Player to watch: Cameron Walker, Righetti, So.
The 6-foot-7 Walker is a big-time college prospect.

Div. III-AAA

Top four seeds

1. Tustin
2. Sonora
3. Hart
4. Compton

Locals in the draw: Calabasas, Royal

Team to watch: Royal. The highlanders have plenty of veteran senior leaders and have motivation after losing in the Div. II-A championship last year.

Player to watch: Jeremy Lieberman, Calabasas, Jr.
After some inconsistent performances during the Marmonte League play, the reigning league player of the year needs to solidify his status as a college prospect.

Div. III-AA

Top four seeds

1. Leuzinger
2. Damien
3. Corona Del Mar
4. Jurupa Valley

Locals in the draw: La Canada, Hoover

Team to watch: Santa Margarita. The Eagles went winless in the Trinity League but could make a run to the semifinals

Player to watch: Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, So.
Another young intriguing college prospect who can score in bunches.

Div. III-A

Top four seeds

1. St. John Bosco
2. Oak Park
3. Chaminade
4. Ocean View

Locals in the draw: St. Francis, Antelope Valley

Team to watch: St. Francis. The Golden Knights have come on strong as of late with victories against Alemany and a near upset of Harvard-Westlake.

Player to watch: Tyler Dorsey, St. John Bosco, So.
The sophomore transfer from Ribet Academy can do it all for the Braves. Dorsey can pass, shoot, rebound and has great court vision.

Div. IV-AA

Top four seeds

1. Bishop Montgomery
2. Price
3. JSerra
4. Serra

Locals in the draw: Crespi, Harvard-Westlake, Oaks Christian, Sierra Canyon, Notre Dame, Paraclete, St. Genevieve, Heritage Christian, Milken Community

Team to watch: Windward. The Wildcats upset Brentwood on Feb. 6 to force a three-way tie atop the Alpha League and feature sophomores Roy Hemsley, Mason Shepard and Roman Davis.

Player to watch: London Perrantes, Crespi, Sr.
Don't be surprised if Perrantes quietly leads the Celts to another semifinal appearance.

Div. IV-A

Top four seeds

1. Pacific Hills
2. Brentwood
3. St. Joseph/Santa Maria
4. Cantwell Sacred-Heart

Locals in the draw: Campbell Hall, Renaissance Academy, Viewpoint

Team to watch: St. Anthony. The Saints have all of their transfers eligible, beat Westchester in early January and won the Santa Fe League

Player to watch: Aaron Holiday, Campbell Hall, So.
Holiday is capable of scoring 40 points and grabbing 12 rebounds every night.

Div. V-AA

Top four seeds

1. Village Christian
2. Flintridge Prep
3. Mission Prep
4. Buckley

Locals in the draw: Buckley, Providence, Bell-Jeff, Desert Christian/Lancaster, Vasquez

Team to watch: Village Christian. The Crusaders' three losses this year were by a combined five points.

Player to watch: Mamadou N'Diaye, Brethren Christian. Sr.
The 7-foot-6 import is headed to UC Irvine. N'Diaye is the tallest high school player in the nation.

Div. V-A

Top four seeds

1. Rolling Hills Prep
2. Shalhevet
3. San Gabriel Academy
4. Holy Martyrs

Locals in the draw: Valley Torah, New Community Jewish, Einstein Academy, Oakwood, Lancaster Baptist, Newbury Park Adventist

Team to watch: Einstein Academy. The Omega League champions are 16-5 and feature Sahil Rai, Chris Yin, Hunter Morris and Jackie Saucer

Player to watch: JoJo Fallas, Shalhevet, Sr.
Fallas is a great 3-point shooter and helped lead the Firehawks to a 20-1 record.

Div. VI

Top four seeds

1. Rio Hondo Prep
2. Trinity Classical Academy
3. Joshua Springs
4. Cal Lutheran

Locals in the draw: San Fernando Valley Academy, Delphi Academy, AGBU/Canoga Park, Summit View

Team to watch: Trinity Classical Academy. TCA finished second behind Valley Torah in the Heritage League and has several football players on the team.

Player to watch: Ryan Wiley, Rio Hondo Prep, Sr.
The 6-foot-6 wing scored 30 points against Valley Torah and Flintridge Prep this year.


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