Season Replayed: Boys Hoops 1999

One of the two CIF state title teams in boys basketball in Division I and Division II was a huge surprise, but the other one not so much. Photos: &

This season had it all from perhaps the most surprising D1 state champion in the 40-plus years of the CIF state championships plus the start of a three-year run at the top of D2 by Dominguez of Compton, a series of memorable individual duels and the final game in a legendary career of one of the state’s greatest coaches.

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There was not an overwhelming favorite in the state to start the season. The No. 1 team from 1998 was CIF Division I state champion Westchester of Los Angeles, but the Comets were led by three graduating seniors — all-state selections Tony Bland,
David Bluthenthal and Brandon Granville.

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