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Dorsey’s Donald Muepo helped spark their fourth period run that has landed them in the City title game for the first time since 1994. Photo by Jason Lewis
Dorsey has knocked off Fairfax and Westchester, now they get Taft
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
Like every year in recent memory, the City Section playoffs have been a battle between Westchester, Fairfax, and Taft, who have taken turns winning City and State titles. This year appeared to be no different, as those three teams took the top three seeds in the playoffs.
Seventh seeded Dorsey must not have gotten the memo, because they have knocked off two of the three powers in the City section, and now they are looking to take the title as the Big 3 killer, along with the City championship, when they face defending champions Taft.
Dorsey’s games against Fairfax in the quarterfinals and Westchester in the semifinals were very similar.
Second seeded Fairfax built a nine point second quarter lead against Dorsey, and they looked like they were on the verge of pulling away. But Dorsey just hung in the game and never let Fairfax push it to double digits.
Even though Dorsey hung around in that game, they always trailed, and there was always a feeling that Fairfax would just hold them off. But with about five minutes to go in the game Dorsey turned it up a notch, and Fairfax could not match their intensity. Dorsey almost seemed invincible as they grabbed the lead and then held off Fairfax 47-46.
Against third seeded Westchester, Dorsey found themselves down early again, this time 20-3 in the first quarter and by 15 points at halftime. It looked like this game was a wrap, but in the third quarter Dorsey chipped away at Westchester’s lead, and the lead was down to only eight points with six minutes to play in the game.
Then Dorsey hit that same gear that they did against Fairfax, at nearly the same point of the game, but this time they hit that gear much harder as they went on a 14-0 run and they ran Westchester out of the gym.
Dorsey won the game 62-59, and now they have an opportunity to complete the trifecta. They’ve crossed Fairfax and Westchester off the list, and now they get their shot at Taft this Saturday at CSU Dominguez Hills at 8 p.m.
Dorsey may need to play more of a complete game if they are going to knock off top seeded Taft. Dorsey forward Donald Muepo scored 18 points in the victory against Westchester, 16 of those points in the second half. Kalin Barber scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, and DeSean Frazier scored eight of his 11 points in the second half too.
Taft puts banners up in their gym, so getting hot at the end of the game may not be enough to knock off the champions. Dorsey will have to keep this game close throughout, and playing with a lead before the final stages of the game will improve their chances of taking home a City championship.
Dorsey is also playing against history. Taft has won three City titles since 2004, and they have been in the championship game six times over that time period. Taft has made it to this game the last three years.
Dorsey has not won a City title in basketball since 1976, and their only other trips in 1993 and 1994, Willie West’s Crenshaw teams blew them out.
Just like those mid 90s teams, this Dorsey team is playing a school with a lot of championship experience. But this may be the year that Dorsey finally starts a legacy in basketball.
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