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Compton Dominguez Rushes Past Sonora

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Sonora stayed with Compton Dominguez, the top-ranked team in the state, and actually took the lead . . . for about 20 seconds.

After Sonora’s Jeffrey Berokoff banked in a three-pointer on the Raiders’ first possession, the Dons answered with 14 consecutive points before cruising to an 80-55 victory in a Southern Section Division II-A boys’ basketball quarterfinal at Compton College Friday.

It could have been an even bigger blowout, but Dominguez Coach Russell Otis only played his starters about 2 1/2 quarters as the Dons advanced to the semifinals to play Goleta Dos Pueblos.

Six-foot-nine senior Tayshaun Prince, who will play at Kentucky next season, scored 19 points for Dominguez (23-4), which shot 64% (33 of 52) from the field.

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Prince got plenty of help.

Point guard Willie Hurst provided the spark.

He had six assists in about eight minutes of playing time in the first half as Dominguez built a 48-27 lead at halftime.

And 7-foot freshman center Tyson Chandler clogged the middle, blocking five shots.

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The tallest starter for Sonora (24-5) is 6-4 forward Marqui Worthy, who scored eight points, 7 1/2 below his average.

Sonora struggled, making only 29% (12 of 42) from the field through three quarters.

“We needed a miracle,” Sonora Coach Mike Murphy said. “But when you have your 5-9 guy guarding their 6-9 guy and a 6-foot guy guarding their 7-foot guy, I guess the result is a 30-point loss.”

Berokoff, who has signed with San Diego State, scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. He made five of 10 three-pointers. Berokoff left the game with 3 minutes 37 seconds remaining in the second quarter after he sustained a cut behind his left ear when Prince collided with him after driving for a layup.

Berokoff returned three minutes into the third quarter, but he couldn’t stop the Dons’ 12-2 run to close out the quarter.

Prince’s flying tomahawk jam followed by Chandler’s two-handed dunk to finish a fast break highlighted the run, which extended the Dominguez lead to 67-32.


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