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February 15, 1996

Are coin flips the best way to break ties and determine which teams play in the postseason?

Reseda Coach David Enowitz doesn't think so. His boys' basketball team lost such a flip Saturday at the City Section seeding meeting.

The Regents were 5-5 in the Valley Pac-8 Conference, good enough for a second-place tie with North Hollywood. The teams were both 3-3 in East Valley League play and they split two games in head-to-head competition.

North Hollywood (8-16), which has made the playoffs for 11 consecutive seasons, won the flip. The Huskies are seeded 15th in the 4-A Division. Reseda (9-14) was left out.

"I was disappointed over the weekend and got over it," Enowitz said. "Then I got [to school] Monday and saw how disappointed the kids were. And they should be.

"To decide by a flip of a coin in some office is just not right."

Saintly Praise

An earned compliment is the most satisfying and it takes a little extra to earn one from Lou Cvijanovich, the Santa Clara boys' basketball coach.

Cvijanovich thinks the world of his 38th Santa Clara team, which opens the Southern Section Division IV-A playoffs Friday night at home against Brethren Christian.

"This has been an exceptional group of kids; they've been a joy," said Cvijanovich, whose team is 20-4 and won the Frontier League title with a 10-0 record. "They're cohesive and the way they like each other carries over onto the court."

The Saints had a players-only before the season during which they set a series of goals.

"They tell me what [the goals] are as they achieve them," Cvijanovich said. "They wanted to win 20 games, win a league championship and go undefeated in the league."

Could the next item be anything but a section championship?

Basketball Notes

City Section


Boys: East Valley League (4-A)--North Hollywood faces Crenshaw in the first round of the 4-A playoffs for the second year in a row. The Huskies lost, 71-65, a year ago. . . . Grant missed the playoffs for the first time in Coach Howie Levine's 10 seasons, and he is blaming only himself. "We were in a decent position with a week and half to go and then lost all three [final games]," he said. "I think I made a couple of mistakes at the end with personnel. And we did not motivate the guys to practice hard, and that's my fault." . . . Monroe is a tough team to figure. After losing three consecutive games to Sylmar, Grant and Reseda, the Vikings won four in a row, including two decisive victories over second-place North Hollywood to win the league title. . . . The student finally prevailed over the mentor last week. Reseda second-year Coach David Enowitz--an assistant to Grant's Levine for several years--guided the Regents to victory for the first time in four games against the Lancers.

Mid-Valley League (3-A)--Van Nuys sneaked into the playoffs last year at 9-13 and lost to Franklin in the first round. The Wolves have done an about-face, going 13-9 and earning the top seeded spot in the 3-A Division. . . . Canoga Park's improbable loss to Poly helped Van Nuys. The loss allowed Van Nuys to back in to the league championship. . . . Poly's two-game winning streak was made possible by the sharpshooting of Eric Owens, who scored 62 points in victories over Sylmar and Canoga Park. . . . Sylmar qualifies as the league's most-disappointing team. Even with five transfers the Spartans managed a conference-low five victories.

Girls: Mid-Valley League (4-A)--North Hollywood (18-3) enters the second part of its season after a 10-game intermission called Valley Pac-8 Conference play. The Huskies, who have lost only to Crescenta Valley, Notre Dame and Bell-Jeff, will find the going tough from here on out. Although North Hollywood is seeded fourth in the 4-A, a first-round victory over Roosevelt (14-9) would earn the Huskies a very tough game against either Garfield (20-4) or Palisades (16-7). . . . Sylmar's dismal 4-11 season would have been worse without Kylie Roberson in the lineup. The senior point guard averaged 18 points in her final six games.


Boys: West Valley League (4-A)--Even though Kennedy and Taft didn't make the playoffs, the future looks good for both teams. Kennedy, which was nosed out of the final 4-A playoff spot by University, started four juniors, including Clayton Powdrill, Waking Bailey and Tommy Gales, who have played together on club teams but not on the same high school team until this season. Amir Bar-Netzer, Taft's leading scorer and rebounder in conference play, is a sophomore along with Harold Shevlin and Tyrone Purnell.

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