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Four Long Beach Poly Alums Still Dancing in Sweet 16

Four Long Beach Poly basketball players are still alive in the NCAA Tournament with tickets punched for the Sweet 16.

On the court, Myles Johnson and Peyton Watson are on the UCLA team that will face North Carolina Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Sweet Sixteen. Both have contributed this year and will have to step up this week with an injury to Jaime Jaquez Jr., a key player for the Bruins.

On the bench, two Jackrabbits alums are still in the NCAA Tourney as coaches.

Ryan Anderson is the graduate assistant for Arizona, who are still alive thanks to last night’s overtime thriller against TCU. Arizona is facing Houston Thursday at 7 p.m.

In the women’s tournament, Poly alum April Phillips is an assistant coach with Texas, who will face an opponent yet-to-be-determined in the Sweet 16 on Friday.


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.