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Clovis boys hoops earns rematch vs. Gahr

The holiday break is no break at all for Clovis High's boys basketball team, which must chase Gahr-Cerritos a second time.

The Cougars received 27 points from Drew Dockweiler, "held" Jordan Burris to 22 points -- 30 fewer than he scored 24 hours earlier -- and advanced to tonight's championship of their own Clovis Elks Christmas Classic by defeating Stockdale 66-55 on Tuesday.

That earned Clovis (8-3) a rematch with Gahr (13-0), the state's highest-scoring team, which had Ervin Ware and Charles Nebo score 28 and 22 points to defeat Memorial 88-79 in the other semifinal.

Gahr, averaging 91 points a game, defeated the Cougars 72-57 last week in the semifinals of the Holiday Invitational Tournament at Hoover. That was the only time the Gladiators have scored fewer than 80 points this season. They raced past Bullard 107-76 for the HIT title a day later.

Clovis, seeking its fourth championship and first since 2002 in the 28-year history of the Classic, will play Gahr at 7:30 p.m. in the school's south gym.

Nevada-bound Burris had scored a tournament-record 52 points in Stockdale's 78-75 double-overtime win over Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks in Monday's semis.

Tuesday, against Gahr, Colin Stover and Bryce Martinho scored 29 and 20 points for Memorial, which was coming off a 74-70 quarterfinal conquest of Buchanan. Martinho scored 33 points and Stover had 18 in that one.

Meanwhile, in Visalia, Lemoore might arrive with shoulder pads tonight in an attempt to stop Centennial's Cody Kessler in the semifinals of the Polly Wilhelmsen Invitational at Mt. Whitney High.

Three weeks after the quarterback led the Golden Hawks to a runner-up finish to Bullard in the Central Section Division I football playoffs, Kessler scored 40 points to lift Centennial to a 70-64 win over Mt. Whitney.

The Hawks will meet Lemoore at 7:45 p.m. That will follow the other semifinal, matching Garces against Tulare at 6 p.m.

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