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Boys' basketball: City Section fans need to get used to officials

February 23, 2012 |  8:19 am

City Section fans are having a hard time dealing with Southern Section officials during the basketball playoffs.

At the Crenshaw-Palisades game, Crenshaw fans started chanting, "Stop cheating."

Fouls were being called en masse but on both teams.

Southern Section officials seem to call a lot more fouls than their City Section counterparts, but the fouls were deserved in the Crenshaw-Palisades game. Palisades kept fouling guard Brandon Baker, who made 16 of 17 free throws.

Teams have become more aggressive in the playoffs, leading to more fouls. If you can make free throws, it certainly helps a team.

And the fans are going to have to get used to it. It's not fun seeing play stopped seemingly every possession down court, but the pressure is on and the chance to win a championship is on the line.

-- Eric Sondheimer