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47th Annual Pacific Shores Tourney:
Fairfax Wins Title Again From Serra--(Dec. 6, 1998)

Seems like these two teams just keep playing the same script, over and over and over again. Fairfax and Serra met last year for the final of the Pacific Shores Tournament.  Last year Fairfax won.  

On Saturday night Fairfax again defended its tournament title with a convincing 67-51 victory over Serra.  Joe Shipp played a great game and was named to the All-Tournament team along with Andrew Zahn and Marcus White.  Shipp (6'-6" Sr. F) just overpowered Serra defenders time and time again with strong, quick post-up moves and a great perimeter shooting on his way to a game-high 27 points.

"Playing a team of this caliber is a good thing for us", said Serra Coach Dwan Hurt, whose team is 3-2. "This game lets us know where we are and it gives us an indication of what we need to work on. We need to improve the spacing on our offense, but more importantly, we need to step it up defensively."

Aerick Sanders and Doyle Cole each led Serra with 14 points, and Earl Lewis added 11. Ryan Odums also tallied 10 for the Cavaliers, who placed Sanders, Lewis and D.J. Wyatt on the all-tournament team.

"We were lethargic on defense we need to rotate much better than we did," Sanders said. "But it's only a matter of time before it all comes together for us."  Fairfax, however, was never seriously threatened after the first quarter.

"Fairfax is a good team," Lewis said. "Down the stretch, their defense came up big, and they had their heads in
the game. But this was a good tournament for us."

Other Pacific Shores Tournament finals:

Third Place Game--Redondo 74, Morningside 51-- We've already  written about this one,  and we were told that it was the "Third Place Game" so that's what we printed in our other article on the game.  But the Orange County Register this morning reported that the Mira Costa v. Pacifica game wass the "Third Place Game".  Oh well. We're sure someone is right (hey is Joe Cascio still out there??)  Anyway, here are the results of this one again: Andrew Zahn had 21 points and 19 rebounds for Redondo, and Walter White had 23 points and 11 boards as the host Sea Hawks who are now 3-1 on the year, beat the visiting Monarchs, who drop to 2-2 on the season.  Titus Hunt scored 14 points and also had 9 boards for Redondo, and Dijon Thompson added another 11 pts. Morningside, which was ahead during the entire first half, was led in scoring by Dwayne Trotter with 20 points and 11 rebounds and Chrishawn Lawrence who had 19 points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Consolation Bracket:

Championship: University (Irvine) 75, Carson 55--Julius Battle scored 13 points, Marquis Washington and Andre Johnson both scored 9 for the losing Carson Colts who dropped to 2-2 on the season.  Chet Johnson scored a game-high 21 points as the Trojans 3-1 beat the Colts.  The Orange County Register called this the Consolation Championship of the Pacific Shores Tournament, and they are right about that one, but it was also the 9th place game overall, and was played at Mira Costa High. Ryan Zinchefsky added 13 points for University.

Third Place Game: Pacifica 81, Mira Costa 79-- This was the other "Third Place" game, except it was in the consolation bracket, and thus was the 11th place game.  But that didn't stop the Register from calling it the "Third Place" game.  Here's what they printed this morning: "Jason Simpson converted a three-point play with seven seconds remaining in overtime to lift Pacifica's boys basketball team to an 81-79 victory over Mira Costa in the third-place game of the Pacific Shores Tournament at Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach. The Mariners (4-1) trailed by one, but Simpson hit a jumper and made the foul shot. Adam Rachlin scored 22 points to lead Pacifica, which trailed by 16 points at halftime. Danny Dinh scored 15 points for Pacifica. Greg Pettis scored a game-high 23 points to lead Mira Costa."   

Locke 58, South Torrance 50--We're not sure which place this game was played for, but here it is anyway: Clete Albitz scored 22 points, including four three-pointers, and Ryan Yamaka scored 11 points and dished out five assists in South Torrance's loss to LA Locke.

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