FRESNO — It wasn't apparent immediately, but when forward Sean Higgins went to the bench with four fouls Tuesday night, he took Fairfax's season with him.
Until that point, the multi-talented sophomore had neutralized a partisan crowd of some 1,500 Edison fans assembled at McLane gymnasium for a State regional game. Indeed, Fairfax, the City's 3-A champion had held its own and trailed only 48-46.
But when Higgins picked up his fourth personal, the Lions (25-2) floundered. They didn't score a point for nearly three minutes. Edison of Fresno, the North Yosemite League champion and winner of the Central Section, didn't run away, but by the time Higgins came back to hit a jumper, it was 54-48 and the Tigers never looked back in winning, 72-62.
Edison's 26th victory, and 16th in a row, earned it a trip to Los Angeles and a date against the winner of the Crenshaw-Poway game tonight at Mira Mesa High in San Diego.