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SOUTHERN SECTION BOYS' BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS

Division Iii-aa

February 13, 1996|MIKE TERRY

Defending champion--Lakewood Artesia, which has moved to Division II-A.

Top teams--Torrance Bishop Montgomery (21-3), Redondo Beach Redondo Union (19-6), Sonora (20-6), Compton Centennial (21-6).

Dark horse: Pomona (19-6). This season the Red Devils won their 11th Miramonte League title, including the last seven in a row.

Top players: Jeffrey Berokoff (Sonora), Ryan Caraveo (Pacifica), Crispin Chavez (Bolsa Grande), Justin Daetwiler (Lake Arrowhead Rim of the World), Lance Day (Servite), Sam Mankiewicz (Fullerton), Mister McKinney (Magnolia), Rich Reinebach (Yermo Silver Valley), Jon Roberts (Phelan Serrano).

Notes: There are six county teams in this bracket. . . . Seven teams, including Sonora, have first-round byes. But Raider Coach Mike Murphy could do without waiting until Friday to play. "The team you face will have an advantage from already having played [on Wednesday]. Your team feels more rusty," he said. . . . Add Sonora: Since their Jan. 3 loss to Brea Olinda, the Raiders have won nine of the last 10 (all in league). Sonora will be trying to get past the semifinals, where it has lost the past two seasons. The Raiders have received a generous playoff slot; the only logjams could be a potential matchup with Pomona in the quarterfinals, and a contest with second-seeded Redondo Union in the semifinals. . . . Compton Centennial senior forward Eunique Johnson has a great name and a pretty good game (16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds).

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