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Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 01 March 2012 04:55

The El Camino Real – Los Angeles Garfield Division II title contest isn't the only City Section championship basketball game involving Valley area teams. Here is a brief synopsis of the boys' and girls' matchups this weekend:

Boys Division I

Taft vs. Los Angeles Dorsey, Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m., Cal State Dominguez Hills. The top seed and defending champion Toreadors (27-3) are appearing in their fifth straight Division I title game. Taft has looked like the City's best team, winning 17 straight since its last loss against on Dec. 30 to Newark (CA) Memorial. The Dons (27-7) are the seventh seed, but they have pulled back-to-back upsets against Los Angeles Fairfax and Los Angeles Westchester to reach the title game. They will be hardpressed to make it three in a row.

The pick: Taft

Boys Division III

Grant vs. Bell, Saturday, March 3, 3 p.m., Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Lancers (27-5) are the Division's top seed and have been impressive, mowing down L.A. Bravo, Chatsworth and Wilmington Banning in the playoffs. Bell (20-5) has been a worthy two seed, eliminating Los Angeles Lincoln, Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Hamilton. This time, though, the Eagles are facing a highly motivated, senior-laden squad playing in the school's first championship game since 1988.

The pick: Grant

Girls Division II

Pacific Palisades vs. Monroe, Friday, March 2, Roybal Learning Center. Another 1 vs. 2 seed, and a meeting of two outstanding players – Monroe junior shooting guard Ayisat Afolabi, and Palisades senior forward Donae Moguel. The Dolphins (27-5) are the top seed and so far have dominated their playoff opponents, outscoring them 210-87. The Vikings (22-9), who last year won the Division III title, played a tough enough nonleague schedule, primarily against Southern Section teams, to prepare for the moment. This is the best City Section team they have faced this season.

The pick: Palisades

-- Mike Terry