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Best In The West: Not 1st Or 3rd,
But Other Final Game Results--(Dec. 31, 1998)

We managed to make it back for the finals and the third place game last night at the Best in the

There were a bunch of games played yesterday at the Best in the West that we didn't get to see, largely because we were in transit from up in Santa Maria, but we did manage to get boxes and results on all of them.  Of course after driving for three hours, we couldn't resist driving yet another hour and so we made it over to Long Beach State for the third place game featuring Clovis West and Artesia and the final between Verbum Dei and Compton Dominguez.  We'll have full reports on those games, but for now, here are the boxes from the others:

Consolation Championship:

Damien 48, Long Beach Millikan 44

To get here, Damien defeated Ayala on Tuesday in Game no. 54, and in game 43, Damien beat Hanford after losing their first two games, to Long Beach Poly on Saturday, and then losing to Pomona on Monday.  Millikan got here by first losing to Artesia in the opening round on Saturday, then losing to Canyon Springs on Monday in Game 17, and beating Antelope Valley in the second game late monday (game No. 33). Here's what happened yesterday:

Damien managed to hold Millikan to only 5 points in the second quarter and 8 in the third in this rather low scoring contest. For Millikan, Sam Fernly (6'-6" Jr. F) was the high scorer with14; Andre Sparks (6'-4" Sr. SG/SF) had 7, Rodney Spencer (6'-0" So. G) had 3, Dominic Freeman (6'-5" Fr. SF) had 6, Sean Burris (6'-4" Jr. G) had 4, Peter Benjamin (6'-0" Jr. G) had 4, and Vince Green (5'-10" So. G) had 6.

For Damien, the high scorer was Sam Roy (6'-1" Sr. G) with 11, while Robbie Tobin (6'-2" Sr. G) had 3, Ryan Navarre (5'-11" Sr. PG) scored 9, Bobby O'Hara (6'-6" Sr. F) scored 8, and someone by the name of "Haydan" who's not listed in the program, scored 7, although we suspect it's Vincent Minjares. Oh well.

The scores by quarters:

Damien 13 10 11 12
Millikan 17 5 8 14

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