Mayfair Clip Poly in State Tourney

All in: Mayfair High School and Long Beach Poly players get to the rim in a CIF State playoff tournament game at Mayfair High School. Mayfair defeated Poly, 82-73. Photo: Dennis Freeman/News4usonline.com
All in: Mayfair High School and Long Beach Poly players get to the rim in a CIF State playoff tournament game at Mayfair High School. Mayfair defeated Poly, 82-73. Photo: Dennis Freeman/News4usonline.com
All in: Mayfair High School and Long Beach Poly players get to the rim in a CIF State playoff tournament game at Mayfair High School. Mayfair defeated Poly, 82-73. Kendall Small (25) led the Monsoons with 34 points. Photo: Dennis Freeman/News4usonline.com

LAKEWOOD, CA–The Mayfair High School boys’s basketball team proved to be too big, too fast and too much for the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits in a CIF State Division I second round game played Saturday on the Monsoons’ homecourt. Mayfair High’s Kendall Small showed the Jackrabbits he was the biggest and baddest player on the court, tossing in a game-high 34 points to lead the Monsoons to the win.

The rest of Mayfair’s team wasn’t too shabby, either. The Monsoons gave Poly a dash of what was to come for the rest of the game when they went full-throttle, fast-pace mode in the first quarter, even sprinting out to a double-digit lead at one in the first half. But the Jackrabbits showed their fortitude by marching back to take the lead going into halftime.

Small and the rest of the Mayfair team were head over shoulders in talent level this night. Having said that, Poly was in this game whole way, and may have even pulled off the road win had it been able to convert free throws. The Jackrabbits missed numerous free throws during the game, which proved to be the difference-maker in the end.

Kameron Murrell (5) leads the Poly attack against Mayfair. Photo: Dennis Freeman/News4usonline.com
Kameron Murrell (5) leads the Poly attack against Mayfair. Photo: Dennis Freeman/News4usonline.com

 

The back-and-forth, tug-o-war between the two highly competitive teams basically teetered at the charity stripe. The Monsoons simply made their free throws count. The Jackrabbits failed to capitalize on their trips to the free throw line. Poly, which beat Mission Viejo for the CIF Southern Section championship, was coming off a one-point win against Narbonne in the state tournament’s first round game. Small and Mayfair (25-6) moves on to the next round Tuesday against Chino Hills.

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