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CIF-SS Boys Division II-A Finals Preview:
Artesia v. Ocean View--(Mar. 4, 2000)

Who:  No. 1 Artesia (29-2) v. No. 2 Ocean View (28-2)
Where: The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
When: 12:30 p.m.
What:  CIF Southern Section Division II-AA Championship

We're pressed for time today, so we're just going to give you the preview contained in the official CIF program materials, written by Thom Simmons, CIF Southern Section sports information officer.  Here's what Tom had to say about the finals (with a couple of additions from us):

With a field of 312 teams now narrowed down to 18, nine titles will be awarded in the 2000 version of th eCIF Southern section Boys Basketball Championships.  There will be those looking to repeat and those hoping to make history for their schools. There are traditional powerhouses, and those beginning traditinos.  When play begings at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim and at Gersten Pavilion at Loyola Marymount University, not only with Southern Section Champions be crowned, but teams will be looking for momentum to carryinto the CIF Sttate Boys Basketball Championships. Here's a closer look at these exciting matchups:

Sixth ranked Artesia (USA Today) faces another tough obstacle in second-seeded Ocean View in its quest for the Division IIA title.   Artesia, the No. 1 seed and Surburban League Champion, is looking to repeat as divisional champion. Artesia won the Division IAA title the past two seasons, but this year dropped back down to their normal enrollment level, which is II-A.  The Pioneers have a 29-2 record that includes preliminary round wins against Savanna (102-54), Bloomington (104-45), Laguna hills (94-54), and Muir (70-36).  Leading Artesia are Amaury Fernandez (19.8 ppg) and Jack Martinez with a 19.7 ppg and 10.3 rpg regular season average.  If you want a look at the full roster, we did a preview of Artesia and it can be found at this link.

Second seeded Ocean View, coached by Jim Harris, is seeking its second cfhampionship in the past three years.  A semifinalist last year, the Seahawks feature Artesia-transfer Marques Crane (22.1 ppg) Jeremiah Bell (15.9 ppg) and Torin Beeler (15.4 ppg).  After winning the Golden West League this season, Ocean View has gone on to defeat Rancho Alamitos (84-50), Burroughs Ridgecrest (59-55), Magnolia (59-41), and Mayfriar 71-56.

We just don't have the time to post the full roster right now, but here's another look at the bracket:

February 18   Second Round
February 22
Feb. 25
Alternate Site
Feb. 29
Alternate Site
March 4
The Pond
Upper half of Bracket        
Savanna 54 @ Artesia 102 Artesia 104
Bloomington 45
Laguna Hills 53

@ Gahr HS

*Artesia 94

Artesia 70






*Muir 36





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Bloomington 76 @ Southwest 48
South Hills 72 @ Pacifica 76 Pacifica 53
Laguna Hills 75
Temple City 72 @ Laguna Hills 78
Culver City 62 @ Elsinore 77 Charter Oak 56
Elsinore 77
Elsinore 59

@Pasadena CC

*Muir 71

Brawley 48 @ Charter Oak 80
Servite 60 @ Burbank Burroughs 54 Muir 78
Servite 74
Lompoc 51 @ Muir 89
Lower half of Bracket Second Round Quarterfinals Semifinals
Los Altos 41 @ Mayfair 70 Mayfair 59
Fullerton 41

Bolsa Grande 32

@Bellflower HS

*Mayfair 57







Ocean View 71

Fullerton 59 @ Rosemead 48
Barstow 62 @ Bonita 74 Bonita 70
Bolsa Grande 78
Newbury Park 75 @ Bolsa Grande 88
Glenn 58 @ Magnolia 59 Magnolia 71
Bishop Amat 54

Magnolia 41

@Marina HS

*Ocean View 59

Bishop Amat 77 @ Central Union 71
Burroughs Ridgecrest 62 @ La Habra 47 Ocean View 59
Ridgecrest Burroughs 56
Rancho Alamitos 50 @ Ocean View 84

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