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Saturday, March 20, 2010
LA South: Video, Serra-Centennial reaction

By Pedro Moura

After losing 74-50 to Serra in Saturday's Division-III Regional final, Compton Centennial coach Vadim Malikin didn't shy away from revealing the reason he felt his Apaches lost — poor shooting. Centennial shot just 39 percent for the game. Malikin also lamented the Apaches' 36 percent free-throw shooting for the game:



Meanwhile, Serra coach Dwan Hurt said the Apaches' game plan was simply to do their best to slow down Centennial stars Kevin Smith and Deonte Burton — and they were successful. Smith and Burton combined to make just nine of 22 shots for a total of 25 points.  Hurt also saw his floor leader, Keith Shamburger, get doubled early and often Saturday. But Hurt said he was impressed by Shamburger's willingness to distribute the ball:



Serra guard Vaughn Autry's father, Stephen, died last month at 42, just before the start of postseason play. The senior, a Montana signee, discussed how his late father affects his play on and off the court and how an assistant coach's idea to use black jerseys during the Cavaliers' victory proved emotional: