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THE TIMES' 1998 ALL-COUNTY BASKETBALL TEAMS

Boys

March 24, 1998

ZAMIRO BENNEM, Magnolia

Sr.

6-3

Guard

Orange League MVP worked hard during the off-season. Bennem, who will attend UC Irvine, led the Sentinels to two upsets over three-time defending champion Brea Olinda to win the league title. A slashing guard, he averaged 23.5 points and six assists.

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JEFFREY BEROKOFF, Sonora

Sr.

6-3 1/2

Guard

The county's fourth-leading scorer at 24 points per game, Berokoff was the driving force for Sonora, which tied Troy for the Freeway League title. Headed to San Diego State. "He became a leader this year," Coach Mike Murphy said. "In every big game he had a great game."

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TONY DOW, Ocean View

Jr.

6-1

Guard

Dow was the on-the-floor leader for the Division III-AA champions, averaging 10 points and 4.9 assists. "He was one of the most complete point guards in Southern California," Seahawk Coach Jim Harris said. "He is dedicated to basketball; the ultimate gym rat."

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JERRY INZUNZA, Troy

Jr.

5-9

Guard

He came up big, scoring 23 points, in a stunning 70-61 victory over visiting Sonora. Troy shared the Freeway League title with perennial champion Sonora. Third-best in county scoring leaders, he averaged 24.8 points and was the league's most valuable player.

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MATT KOMER, Los Alamitos

Sr.

6-7

Forward

Slowed by back problems, Komer remained the go-to guy for the Griffins in their Sunset League title run and was named league MVP. This probably was his final season playing basketball because he has signed to play volleyball at UCLA next season. Averaged 9.5 rebounds.

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DEKKER McKEEVER, Santa Margarita

Sr.

6-7

Center

The Eagles' muscular middleman averaged 10 points and 10.2 rebounds and played a key role in every important Santa Margarita victory. Will attend Holy Cross. "This year he established himself as a top-flight high school player," Coach Jerry DeBusk said.

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CHRIS McMILLIAN, Brea Olinda

Sr.

5-10

Guard

An explosive guard who has signed to play at Wyoming, McMillian was an exceptional three-point shooter who averaged 23.9 points. Most options in Brea's offense were designed to put the ball in his hands. Made 80.8% of free throws and 41.7% of three-point attempts.

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JOE ORTIZ, Calvary Chapel

Sr.

6-2

Guard

In helping Calvary Chapel reach the Division IV-AA title game, Ortiz became only the sixth county player to reach the 2,000-career point plateau. He also set a single-game school record for assists (14) and twice blocked six shots in a game. Headed to Westmont.

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ALAN VERZANI, Villa Park

Sr.

6-7

Center

One of Orange County's best big men, Verzani ranked second in rebounding (12.2) and field-goal percentage (62.7%) in the county. He also averaged 19.3 points and was a big factor in the Spartans' drive to their third consecutive Century League title.

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T.J. WILLIAMS, Santa Margarita

Sr.

6-0

Guard

In a season dominated by guard play, Williams--averaging 10 points and 8.1 assists--earned player-of-the-year honors for pushing the Eagles to the Division II--AA championship, and their first state Division II title. Will attend Cal Poly Pomona.

THE SECOND TEAM

* ROB ABERCROMBIE

Katella

Guard, 6-2, Jr.

18.6 ppg

* MIKE BAYER

Mater Dei

Forward/center 6-6, Jr.

12.9 ppg

* RYAN FOREHAN-KELLY

Santa Margarita

Forward, 6-4, Sr.

12.2 ppg

* ANDREW GAULDEN

Canyon

Forward, 6-9, Sr.

18.8 ppg, 11 rpg

* DUC NGUYEN

Bolsa Grande

Guard, 5-10, Sr.

20.5 ppg, 4.4 apg

* ERIC PALMER

University

Guard, 5-7, Sr.

23.5 ppg, 8.5 apg

* ADAM RACHLIN

Pacifica

Forward, 5-10, Jr.

14.3 ppg

* STEVE SHEA

Servite

Forward, 6-5, Sr.

15.8 ppg

* J.J. SOLA

Aliso Niguel

Center, 6-7., Jr.

26.7 ppg, 11.2 rpg

* MIKE STOWELL

Capistrano Valley

Forward, 6-2, Jr.

16.7 ppg, 5 apg

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