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Boys' basketball: Long Beach Poly's streak comes to an end

Long Beach Poly's 22-game winning streak was stopped on Saturday night, and it was Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and standout 6-foot-6 forward Shabazz Muhammad inflicting a 58-53 defeat on the Jackrabbits at the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei.

Muhammad scored 31 points. Poly held a 35-30 lead going into the fourth quarter but suddenly went cold against Bishop Gorman's zone defense.

"He's fabulous," Poly guard Alexis Moore said of Muhammad.

Muhammad was every bit as good as advertised. He's being recruited by UCLA, Kentucky and Duke, among others. He made 10 of 11 free throws and had nine rebounds. The Gaels made 21 of 26 free throws.

Moore was the top scorer for Poly (22-1) with 12 points. Ryan Anderson had 11.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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Nice To See A Good Game

Poly's speed is incredible, and their ball control is great, but they were either completely off in their outside shooting tonight or cannot shoot past 15 feet. I haven't had the pleasure of seeing any of their other games, and cannot say which is true.

Gorman was initially caught off guard, and their players lack the finesse and athleticism of Poly's, but you have to hand it to them...they took it to Poly and played at Poly's pace. Shabazz is phenomenal.


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