Los Angeles Preps: Woodland Hills TClovis West

CIF Boys Basketball State Division I playoffs

No. 3 Woodland Hills Taft (27-2) vs. Clovis West (25-5)

Taft won the CIF City Section Division I championship, 66-62, over Westchester. Clovis West lost the Central Section Division I championship, 54-51, to Bullard.

Taft coach Derrick Taylor might have a challenge getting his players to focus on the first round of the CIF State playoffs after an emotional win over Westchester. It was the first time in three tries Taylor and Taft beat Westchester to win the City championship.

But Taylor said his players were excited to be at practice on Monday. They are focused on the next task at hand. They have their sights set on a state championship.

“They’re all good. We’re in good shape,” Taylor said, adding that beating Westchester meant more to the players than him. “It was important to them. They made it about me.”

Here are the five keys for Taft against Clovis West:

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