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Best In The West Day One: Game No. 8
Compton Wins Without Tito, Beats Perris-- (Dec. 27, 1998)

Compton 77, Perris 55

Perris is indeed in a rebuilding mode and while they struggled at times, they also showed signs of brilliance, especially Jontae Vinson (6'-5" Jr. SG/SF) who scored 24 points against the Tito-less Tarbabes. Yeah, that's right, for a change Tito didn't play, and neither did Terry Hosendove, and we heard various stories about why they sat on the bench in street clothes, which ranged from some of the Compton coaches telling us that "nothing was wrong, what do you mean they didn't play?" to others who told us that Tito and Terry were late for the bus to the tournament, or that they were out at the mall shopping and just got there late.   Whatever the reason, neither of them played, and Compton still managed to win by 22 points.

The big story for the Tarbabes was Leroy Dawson (6'-2" Sr. SG) who had 22 points and Ellis Myles (6'-6" Jr. SF/PF) who had 26 points.   Jeremiah Thompson (6'-5" Jr. F) also had 17 points for Compton.  Dony Legans (6'-3" Sr. G/F) really stepped it up defensively, and he was everywhere, diving for loose balls, blocking a couple of shots, and getting several steals too, and he finished with 7 points. Lanere Anderson (6'-0" Sr. G) had 2.

For Perris, Vinson had 24, while no one else broke 10;   only one other player even came close, and that was Derek Lloyd (6'-0" Jr. G) who had 9.   Lamar Waters (6'-1" So. G) had 7, Michah Anderson (6'-4" Jr. F) had 6, Patrick Taylor (6'-4" Jr. F) had 4, and Chris Johnson (6'-1" So. G) had 2.

Here's the scoring by quarters:

Compton 13 17 25 21
Perris 12 18 12 13

Compton now advances to the winner's half of the bracket and will play Serra at 11:45 a.m. on Monday in the Long Beach State Goldmine (West) gym in Game No. 28.  Perris drops to the consolation bracket and will play Burbank at 2:40 p.m. at Lakewood High in Game No 20 in the consolation bracket.

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