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Boys' basketball: Westlake is gearing up for big season

Beware of Westlake High this winter in basketball.

Not only does Coach Rob Bloom have a four-year varsity player at point guard in Isaiah Brooks, but the Warriors have a mix of experience and several promising newcomers to put them ahead of the local competition.

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Also back are 6-foot-5 Michael Hayon and much-improved 6-9 Michael Hanshaw. Guard Luis Herrera made 29 three-pointers last season.

The big pickups are 6-2 Nick Brandon, a junior transfer from Royal who was all-league as a sophomore, and 6-1 sophomore Drew Brackens, a transfer from Monroe.

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Neighborhood rivals Calabasas and Thousand Oaks also should have strong teams.

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