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Shawn Booker is clutch as Fairfax tops Long Beach Poly, 54-49, in a regional opener

Shawn Booker is clutch as Fairfax tops Long Beach Poly, 54-49, in a regional opener

The start of the state basketball playoffs this week didn’t go smoothly for Fairfax High.

The Lions learned that standout forward Robert McRae had reinjured his surgically repaired hand in practice, leaving him unavailable for Wednesday’s Southern California Division I Regional opener against host Long Beach Poly.

Coach Steve Baik had a talk with McRae’s replacement, junior Shawn Booker, who at this time last season was playing for tiny Valley Glen Summit View.

“I told him, ‘Make one three each half. Make one layup each half. That’s all we need,’” Baik said. “But he did more.”

Booker made four three-point shots, including two late in the fourth quarter, to help...

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