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CIF-SS Boys Division I-AA Final:
LB Poly 47, Ayala 35--(Mar. 5, 2000)

Who:  No. 1 LB Poly (25-2) v. No. 3 Ayala (27-4)
Where: The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
When:  7:00 p.m.
What:  CIF Southern Section Division I-AA Championship

Ayala 11 3 14 7 --35
Long Beach Poly 10 7 15 15 --47

What is it about the Pond that just brings out the worst offense in most high school teams?  Is it the distorted perspective, the tall, high roof and the imposing walls, which seem to loom like an opera house?  Is it the lighting?  Maybe it's just Long Beach Poly, which had another lowscoring game against a tough opponent in the Pond.  Last year it was the really ugly contest against Artesia for the section title, in which both teams scored season (and in some cases career) lows.  This time it was Poly's entire team, which shot just 17 of 48 from the field and missed all five three point attempts.  Were it not for the fact that Ayala just didn't get off as many shots, and missed a lot of those they did, Poly might be saying "what-if" again this year.  But the Jackrabbits instead improved to 25-2 overall and will now move on to the State Regional tournament with yet another section championship under their belts, their first since 1997, and it was their defense that won the game.  Poly had only 8 turnovers while forcing 10 from Ayala, and they picked off 7 steals, winning depsite shooting only 35.4% from the field.

Before the game, about an hour before tipoff, Wesley Stokes was checking out the court, walking around, imagining his shots, going through some motions.  He walked over to the media table, where former Laker and commentator Michael Cooper was preparing for the game broadcast, and Coop proceeded to give Wesley a little pep talk before the game, reminding him just to "take your shots, and don't worry about them falling."   Whether Wesley took that advice or not, and whether he worried about it or not, the fact was nothing he threw up was falling, and Stokes had another off night offensively at the Pond, shooting only 1 for 12 from the field and missing both of his three point attempts. If it wasn't for Joe Travis, who evidently wasn't at all bothered by the perspective he had on things from about two feet from the basket, Poly might not have been able to pull this one off.  Fortunately for Poly, Ayala had no one who could really contain Travis, and despite Marcel Burke's good size,  Travis collected 18 points and basically pulled the Jackrabbits out of this one. Travis scored eight of Poly's 10 points in the first quarter, which ended with Ayala leading, 11-10. The Bulldog's leading scorers were Marcel Burke and DJ Lucas each with 7. Poly's defense though was really what won this game and they managed to hold Ayala scoreless for 14 of the 32 minutes. The Bulldogs, who were averaging 76 points a game in the playoffs, made only 15 of 56 shots and suffered through two scoring droughts against Poly.  Chris Pacana's three-point basket with 42 seconds to play gave Ayala the lead.   Ayala, however, did not score again until Chasen Jones made a three-point shot with 48 seconds to play in the half and the Bulldogs trailed, 17-14, at halftime.  Ayala pulled to within 32-30 on Marc McCoy's basket off a drive with 7:35 left in the fourth quarter, but Poly clamped down on defense again and put together a 14-0 run that did not end until Ken Quinn scored for Ayala with 32 seconds to play.

Ayala (35)

PLAYER FGM FGA 3PTM 3PTA FTM FTA OREB DREB TR PF TOT
PTS
ASST TRN BS STS MIN
Chris Pacana 2 11 1 5 0 0 2 3 5 2 5 4 2 0 1 24:56
Dantaa Donald 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Danny Stephens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Ekene Agwuenu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Marc McCoy 2 15 0 6 0 0 3 0 3 2 4 4 0 0 3 29:29
Kyle Gregory 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Wilie Cradoc 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Bobby Simms 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Marcel Burke 3 12 1 5 0 0 0 5 5 2 7 0 3 1 0 28:31
Malik Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Mike Sterling 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 2 0 1 2 0 1 17:11
DJ Lucas 3 6 1 1 0 0 2 3 5 4 7 1 0 1 0 28:10
Chasen Jones 2 4 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0 1 0 1 12:16
Ken AQuinn 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 4 1 2 0 0 15:06
Nick Vavakin 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 3:05
Totals 15 55 5 21 0 2 12 16 28 16 35 12 10 2 6  

Total FG             1st Half     6/23   261   2nd Half    9/33       273    Game    115/56    268
3PT FG              1st Half    2/10   200   2nd Half    3/11       273    Game     5/21       238
Free Throws    1st Half   0/0      000    2nd Half    0/2          000     Game    0/2        000

Long Beach Poly (47)

PLAYER FGM FGA 3PTM 3PTA FTM FTA OREB DREB TR PF TOT
PTS
ASST TRN BS STS MIN
Ramaan Shotwell 2 4 0 1 3 4 2 1 3 1 7 0 0 0 1 21:11
Wesley Stokes 1 12 0 2 4 5 0 3 3 1 6 6 1 1 2 29:42
Tim Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
AJ Diggs 2 6 0 2 3 4 0 2 2 2 7 1 1 0 2 27:26
Carlos Rivers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Pat Phillips 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Jonathan Harper 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 8:56
Adrian Martin 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6:20
Travis Wilder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0:18
Lonnel Penman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1:44
Merceds Lewis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Markee White 4 11 0 0 1 2 6 8 14 1 9 0 3 0 1 31:46
Charles Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3:50
Joe Travis 8 13 0 0 2 6 5 7 12 4 18 0 0 0 1 27:37
Ryan Love 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Totals 17 48 0 5 13 20 13 23 36 10 47 7 8 1 7  

Total FG             1st Half     7/22   318  2nd Half    10/26      385   Game    17/48   354
3PT FG              1st Half    0/2    000   2nd Half     0/3         000     Game     0/8        000
Free Throws    1st Half   3/5     600    2nd Half    10/15    667    Game      13/20   650

Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits Ayala Bulldogs
 
Wesley Stokes   5'-11" Sr. PG
Ramaan Shotwell   6'-0" Sr. PG/SG
Carlos Rivers   5'-10" So. PG
A.J. Diggs   5'-9" Sr. PG
Adrian Martin   5'-11" Sr. PG/SG
Tim Thomas   5'-11" Sr. G
Johnathan Harper   6'-4" Jr. SG/SF
Patrick Phillips   6'-2" Jr. SG
Lionel Penman   6'-3" Jr. SG/SF
Travis Wilder   6'-4" Sr. SG/SF
Marquee White   6'-7" Jr. F
Chuck Jones   6'-5" Sr. F
Joe Travis   6'-8" Sr. PF/C
Mike Roche   6'-5" So. F
Mercedes Lewis   6'-7" So. F
Ryan Love   6'-5" So. F
 
Marcel Burke   6'-5" Sr. PG/SF
Chris Pacana   6'-0" Sr. PG/SG
Dantaa Donald   5'-9" Jr. PG/SG
Ekele Agwuenu   6'-3" Sr. SF
Mark McCoy   6'-1" Sr. G
Willey Cradoc   6'-3" Sr. SG/SF
Malik Jones   6'-05" Jr. F
Mike Sterling   6'-3" Sr. SF/SG
DJ Lucas   6'-5" Sr. F
Chasen Jones   5'-11" Sr. PG/SG
Ken Quinn   6'-2" Jr. SG/SF
Nick Vavakin   6'-7" Sr. SF/PF
Bobby Simms   6'-2" Sr. SG
Dannny Stephens   6'-0" So. G
Kyle Gregory   6'-0" So. G
Kenn Quinn   6'-1" Jr. F
First round games
February 16
  Second Round
February 18
  Third Round
Feb 22
  Quarterfinals
Feb. 25
Alternate Site
  Semifinals
Feb. 29
Alternate
Site
  Finals
March 4
@ The Pond
Upper half of Bracket          
First-Quarter Bracket Round of 32

Sweet 16

Elite 8

Final 4  
Poly   @ Bye Century 46
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LB Poly 70

Fontana 52

@

LB Poly 75

LB Poly 64

 

@Ontario HS

 

Rancho Cucamonga 47

LB Poly 67

 

 

 

 

@Eisenhower HS

 

 

 

 

 

*Rialto 65

Long Beach Poly 47

 

 

 

Saturday 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Ayala 35

Century   45 @ Saddleback 32
Alhambra   @ Bye Fontana 63
@
Alhambra 47
Chino   55 @ Fontana 72
Oxnard   @ Bye Warren 58
@
Oxnard 53

Warren 50

@

Rancho Cucamonga 51

Canyon Springs 52  @ Warren 71
Peninsula  64 @ El Rancho 51 Peninsula
@
Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Cucamonga   @ Bye
Second-Quarter Bracket Round of 32 Sweet 16

Elite 8

Rialto   @ Bye Ontario 56
@
Rialto 69

Valley View 62

@

Rialto 65

Rialto 87

 

@Capo Valley HS

* El Toro 70

Lakewood  38 @ Ontario 72
Downey  69 @ Santa Ana 67 Downey 54
@
Valley View 61
Valley View   @ Bye
Arroyo Grande   @ Bye Murrieta Valley 46
@
Arroyo Grande 49

Arroyo Grande 75

@

El Toro 80

Murrieta Valley  55 @ Diamond Bar 54
AB Miller   56 @ Esperanza 68 Esperanza 56
@
El Toro 80
El Toro   @ Bye
Lower Half of Bracket        
Third-Quarter bracket Round of 32 Sweet 16

Elite 8

Final 4
Ayala   @   Bye Highland 59
@
Ayala 85
Ayala 78

@

Crescenta Valley 68

Etiwanda 63

 

@Fullerton JC

 

*Ayala 75

Ayala

 

 

 

 

 

@ TBA

 

 

 

 

 

*Upland

Highland   60 San Gabriel 57
Santa Maria 70  Crescenta Valley 82 Crescena Valley
@
Leuzinger
Leuzinger   Bye
Etiwanda   Bye Temecula Valley 52
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Etiwanda 80
Glendora 64

@

Etiwanda 72 (2OT)

Yucaipa   55 Temecula Valley 71
Aliso Niguel   53 San Clemente 70 San Clemente 54
@

Glendora 66
Camarillo  55 Glendora 77
Fourth-Quarter Bracket Round of 32 Sweet 16

Elite 8

Santa Ana Valley 49  LB Jordan 87 LB Jordan 69
@
Santa Monica 66

LB Jordan 75

@

Los Alamitos 68 (OT)

Upland 80

 

@LBCC

 

*Jordan 77

 

Santa Monica  82 Righetti 69
Glendale  57 Channel Islands 78 Channel Islands 57
@
Los Alamitos 68
Los Alamitos   Bye
Millikan 57  Upland 72 Capo Valley 48
@
Upland 74

Upland 80

@

Eisenhower 77

Fountain Valley 46  Capistrano Valley 60
Chaffey  72 San Gorgonio 98 San Gorgonio 56
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Eisenhower 79
Eisenhower   Bye

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