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Boys basketball: Tars seeking revenge

February 19, 2002

averages nearly eight points, while Hogan averages 10 points, nearly

eight rebounds and close to five assists per outing.

"We think Hogan could be the X factor," Hirst said.

Newport is keyed by 6-6 returning All-CIF veteran Tony Melum, who has

scored 59 points the last two games to up his scoring average to 22 per

game. He followed a 26-point, 13-rebound performance in the

league-title-clinching win over Woodbridge by collecting 33 points (15 of

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20 field-goal shooting), eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocked

shots in a 79-68 first-round win over Loara Friday.

Melum is just 45 points from tying the school single-season scoring

record of 618 points, set by Justin McIntee in 1991-92.

Senior point guard Greg Perrine is another three-year varsity standout

for the Sailors. Since returning after tearing his ACL in the summer, he

is averaging 10.3 points and providing the floor leadership Hirst counts

upon him for.

Erik Peterson, a 6-3 senior, chips in 9 ppg and is also the teams

leading defender, while 6-8 junior Nedim Pajevic, averaging 7.8 ppg and

is coming off a 14-point, 15-rebound effort against Loara.

Jaime Diefenbach, a 6-8 sophomore, could also be crucial for the Tars,

while junior starting guard Chase Cameron and sophomore backcourt reserve

Andre Pinesett round out Hirst's primary rotation.

Reynolds identified rebounding as the key to his team's success and

also noted his 10-deep rotation, including sophomore Lloyd Cotton, junior

Chris Selinsky and senior Brian Beisner, as another potential advantage

for the Spartans.

Hirst hopes a jampacked home gym (spectators are advised to arrive

early as not to be turned away) will provide an emotional edge. But

Reynolds points out, his team won all four Yardley tournament games at

Newport last summer.

"We feel great going in there," Reynolds said, "The last time we where

there, we beat Newport in the semifinals and Mater Dei in the final."

Tonight's winner advances to Friday's quarterfinals, against either

Moorpark (18-9) or Inglewood (22-5).

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