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TONIGHT: Long Beach Poly Visits ML King In CIF Basketball Semifinal

Long Beach Poly is seeking a return trip to the CIF Southern Section championship, two years after claiming their last gold plaque. Standing between Poly and next weekend’s Division 1 championship game is ML King, who hosts the Jackrabbits Friday evening at 7 p.m. in Riverside.

“They’re a really good team, athletic, they’re really good on the drive,” said Poly coach Carl Buggs.

Both teams will be dealing with a quick turnaround having played in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Poly (20-9) will need big performances defensively from its young guards, who will have to keep a drive-and-kick offense down to come away with a win.

Whoever can come away with a win will have a week off before facing the winner of Keppel and Chaminade in next week’s championship.

Stay tuned for live updates from the game.


Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.