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Prep Basketball Playoffs : Crenshaw Wins on Press, 97-80

Crenshaw High School forced 10 turnovers in the final 2:30 and defeated Westchester, 97-80, Wednesday night to win their City Section playoff game at Crenshaw.

Leading, 82-78, Crenshaw went to a matchup full-court press that led to a 12-2 run, blowing the game open.

“We knew we had to get the ball out of (Sam) Crawford’s hand,” Crenshaw Coach Willie West said. “When we went to a man press, we were able to make them turn the ball over.”

Crenshaw took a 41-39 lead into the locker room at halftime after Terry Cannon connected from three-point range to tie the score and converted a Comet turnover into a breakaway layup as time ran out. Cannon finished with 23 points.

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“Sam just ran out of gas,” Westchester Coach Ed Azzam said. “They pressured our guards, and we kept turning the ball over.”

Westchester led, 67-65, at the end of three quarters behind the shooting and passing of Crawford, who scored 27 points. Zan Mason added 19 for the Comets.


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