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LB Poly stars earn MVP as Southern Section sweeps
Girls fight off City; Boys survive last second thriller

Long Beach Poly basketball stars Jasmine Jones and Zafir Williams led the Southern Section to victory in the girls as boys game at Collision XIX at Narbonne High School April 22, 2017. The girls Southern Section improve it’s series lead to 16-3 with a 78-69 victory and the boys Southern Section improved on its series lead of 11-8 with a thrilling 115-113 win over the City Section.

The Loyola Marymount University recruit scored 8 in the first stanza and a convincing 13 in the second half to lead the Southern Section resurgence. She finished with a game high 21 points to become the first Long Beach Poly player to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

Mission Hills standout Khayla Rooks finished with 19 points for the Southern Section. Rooks, the daughter of the late NBA standout Sean Rooks, earned the Albert ‘Cap’ Lavin Scholar Athlete Award presented to the athlete with the highest grade point average. Rooks earned a 4.67 GPA and will be attended the University of Washington.

Westchester’s Briana Anugwom led the City Section team with 17 points, Kaylin Brown of Fairfax tallied 12 and Desire Evans of Carson finished with 11 points.

It didn’t take long for Long Beach Poly to garner its second MVP at Collision as Williams followed up in his tremendous 12 point first half effort with a 13-point barrage to lead all scorers with 25 points. Like Jones, Williams will also be attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Williams led five Southern Section players to score in double figures, followed by Inglewood’s Miles James 18, Colorado bound Tey Bey of Middlebrooks Academy and Leuzinger’s Damani Washington who scored 17 and Redondo Union’s Ryse Williams who finished with 10 for coach Harvey Kitani (Rolling Hills Prep) squad. Kitani is the only Collision coach to have won with both the City and Southern Section at Collision.

The City Section was led by Crenshaw’s Lamar Harris’ 26 points, Westchester’s Harold Moore’s 21, Westchester’s Luis Rodriguez 19 and Crenshaw’s Chris Kendrick’s 14.

Narbonne’s Psalm Maduakor received the Albert ‘Cap’ Lavin Scholar Athlete Award.