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L.A. City Section "Invitational"
Semifinal Results & Bracket--(Feb. 27, 2000)

The LA City "Invitational" Tournament semifinal games were held this past Friday night.  Here's what happened: 

LA City "Invitational" Scores

North Hollywood 61, Venice 60--North Hollywood 61, Venice 60--Guz Ruiz's layup with 45 seconds remaining provided the winning margin for the Huskies (21-7) in a semifinal game at Venice. Kyle Morrison's last-second shot missed for Venice (19-9).  North Hollywood trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half before rallying in the second half.  Ken Hauser scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half. Ruiz and Nathan Stern each had 10 points.  North Hollywood scoring:  Ruiz 10, Hauser 22, Roller 6 and 8 rebounds, Stern 10, Johnson 5, Kim 8;   Venice--Montel Duhon 27,  Lyman Edwards 13,  Kevin Alexander 10,   Kyle Morrison 4,  Gibson 3, Kevin Eleby 3.  North Hollywood improves to 21-7 and will take on Manual Arts in the title game next Friday.  Venice ends the season at 19-9.  Scoring by quarters:  North Hollywood --11  12  17   21--61; Venice 17  11  14  18--60.  

Manual Arts 84, Granada Hills 54--Mario Roberts scored 15 points and was one o ffive Manual Arts players who scored in double figures in a semifinal game at Manual Arts on Friday night.  Ryan Hicks scored 11 points and Midwin Francis had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Granada Hils, which finishes out the season at 16-12.  Manual arts improves to 15-7 and will take on North Hollywood in the Championship game next week. Scoring for Granada Hills-- Francis 10 and 11 rebounds, Hicks 11, Nubla 6 and 5 steals, Parks 4, Price 8, Burch 3, Figeroa 2, Levin 2 Phongsamran 6, Ray 1.  Manual Arts--Roberts 15, Lockett 14, Gilett 1, Crow 11, Morris 13, Ibekue 11 and 11 rebounds, James 3, Finley 4, Oparocha 3, Rodriguez 3.     Score by quarters:  Granada Hills-- 4  17  16   16--53;  Manual Arts--14  18  23  23--78.

LA City Section Boys' Invitational Championship Tournament
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First round games
February 18

7:30 p.m. *Higher Seed is Home Team
  Quarterfinals
Wednesday

Feb. 23
Higher seed is home
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  Semifinals
Feb. 25

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  Finals
March 4, Saturday
@ Loyola-Marymount

3:30 p.m.
No. 16 Birmingham 50 @ No.  1 Venice 87 Locke 54

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Venice 76

Venice 60

 

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North Hollywood 61

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@ LMU Saturday 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Manual Arts

No. 9 Locke @ No. 8 Hollywood
No. 12 LACES 66 @ No. 5  Hamilton 76 Hamilton 65

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North Hollywod 71

No. 13 University 59 @ No. 4 North Hollywood 71
No. 14 Roosevelt 65 @ No. 3 Granada Hills 76 Banning 70

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Granada Hills 83

Granada Hills 54

 

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Manual Arts

No. 11 Canoga Park 58 @ No. 6 Banning 76
No. 10 Gardena 60 @ No. 7 San Fernando 71 San Fernando 64

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Manual Arts 92

No. 15 Marshall 38 @ No. 2 Manual Arts 90

The Finals will be on Saturday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m. at LMU's Gersten Pavilion, which as it happens is also the same venue for the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA, IV-A, V-A and V-AA Championship games which will be held on Friday night (coincidentally at the same time as the City Section Championship, which will be held at the Forum that same night). Of course, you'll have to make a choice between the boys' Southern Section games which will be held Saturday afternoon at the Pond or the girls' Southern Section games which will be held at the Pyramid.  Either way, you'll be seeing some good basketball action.

See you there.

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