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Robert McRae deploys 'Hooisers defense' to help Fairfax defeat Birmingham

In the basketball movie “Hoosiers,” the coach tells a player, “Stick with your man. Think of him as chewing gum. By the end of the game, I want to know what flavor he is.”

Robert McRae of Fairfax treated the City Section’s No. 1 scorer, Devonaire Doutrive of Birmingham, like a piece of chewing gum on Thursday night, never letting him out of his view. He held him scoreless in the first quarter and refused to let up during an 81-58 Fairfax victory.

“He did a great job,” Coach Steve Baik said.

Doutrive, who scored 48 points during a game last week in Nevada, was held to 13 points.

“My job was to deny and pressure when he caught it,” McRae said.

Ethan Anderson scored 25 points, Kirk Smith 18, McRae 16 and Jamal Hartwell 10 for the Lions (3-1), who will play Santa Monica in a semifinal game of the Beverly Hills tournament on Friday at 8 p.m. Beverly Hills will face Long Beach Poly at 6:30 p.m. Tyjae Medley led Birmingham with 17 points.

Dorsey held off LACES 59-54. Kobe Williams scored 16 points and Ali Betts 15. Washington Prep defeated Van Nuys 84-50. Bilal Mike finished with 21 points.

In Texas, Taft defeated Canutillo 60-52. Makani Whiteside had 18 points.

Jordan Jones scored 26 points in Oaks Christian’s 64-60 win over Camarillo.

Alemany defeated Calabasas 65-57. Fred Odahiambo had 24 points and DJ McDonald 20. Evan McKay led Calabasas with 22 points.

Viewpoint defeated Heritage Christian 71-64. Khair Jackson finished with 16 points.

Johnny Juzang scored 28 points in Harvard-Westlake’s 64-54 win over Westlake. Dean Francois had 17 points for Westlake.

Warren defeated South Gate 63-41. Sulu Chenault finished with 16 points.

JD Plough scored 28 points in Peninsula’s 76-58 win over Price.

Cantwell-Sacred Heart improved to 6-1 with an 86-48 win over Orangewood Academy. Ian Martinez scored 22 points.

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