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February 21, 2009|Eric Sondheimer; Melissa Rohlin

Long Beach Poly 51, Pasadena 43.

Leading contributors: Junior guard Shelton Boykin of Long Beach Poly led a balanced attack with 13 points, one of eight players to score for the Jackrabbits. George Toyama had 18 points for Pasadena.

The scoop: Poly held the Bulldogs scoreless in the first quarter, finishing with a 9-0 lead thanks to a smothering defense. The Jackrabbits led by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter. Except for four-of-15 free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter, Poly dominated from start to finish. "We had to be physical and aggressive defensively," Poly Coach Sharrief Metoyer said.


Why it matters: Poly advances to the Southern Section Division I-AA quarterfinals and will play host to No. 3-seeded Compton Dominguez on Tuesday. Pasadena had a 17-game win streak come to an end.

Records: Long Beach Poly 23-5; Pasadena 22-6.

-- Eric Sondheimer


Los Osos (21-6) at Millikan (23-4)

Tonight at 7:30

Why it matters: This Southern Section Division I-AA second-round girls' playoff game matches teams that advanced deep into the postseason last year. Los Osos won the Division II-AA title and Millikan advanced to the Division I-AA championship before losing to Long Beach Poly. Both teams finished second in their respective leagues this season. Senior center Cierra Warren averages 19.1 points and junior guard Katie Anderson 11 for Los Osos. Senior guard Ashley Mitchell averages 9.8 points and senior guard Jaslyn Cosey 9.1 for Millikan.

-- Melissa Rohlin

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