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High School Basketball Picks: Regional Playoffs

Updated Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 | 12:27 a.m.

Check back Thursday and Friday for picks on the semifinals and championship games, respectively.

Brewer's Picks
Last Week:
5-3

Season:
46-17 (.730)

Brewer vs. Keefer

Las Vegas Sun reporters Ray Brewer and
Case Keefer attempt to pick
the winning team from prep contests
across the Las Vegas area.

Keefer's Picks
Last Week:
7-1

Season:
44-19 (.698)

I love when PV Nation and Centennial play in any sport. Throw the records out the window.
Centennial 71, Palo Verde 65

Wednesday Feb. 19
Palo Verde
at
Centennial

Bring on Centennial vs. Arbor View II.
Centennial 79, Palo Verde 62

Some feel Foothill is the team to beat in the Sunrise. I can’t dispute that.
Foothill 84, Green Valley 62

Wednesday Feb. 19
Green Valley
at
Foothill

Falcons edged Gators by seven points the first time they played. This will be another close game.
Foothill 70, Green Valley 67

The Sunrise Region quarterfinals won’t give us many surprises.
Valley 77, Coronado 60

Wednesday Feb. 19
Valley
at
Coronado

Coronado won’t slow Spencer Mathis.
Valley 71, Coronado 63

Northwest League champs Arbor View can’t afford to look past this opponent.
Arbor View 77, Legacy 58

Wednesday Feb. 19
Legacy
at
Arbor View

Actually, I think Arbor View wins this game regardless of its mindset.
Arbor View 72, Legacy 62

Alex Arias’ emergence for Durango gives Trailblazers a legit one-two punch with Darryl Gaynor.
Durango 73, Cimarron-Memorial 64

Wednesday Feb. 19
Cimarron-Memorial
at
Durango

Southwest was far better than Northwest all year.
Cimarron-Memorial 64, Durango 60

I thought Las Vegas was a year away from competing for a regional title. I was wrong.
Las Vegas 66, Basic 53

Wednesday Feb. 19
Basic
at
Las Vegas

Devon Colley’s play will determine how far Las Vegas can make it in the postseason.
Las Vegas 73, Basic 60

Defending Sunrise champs Canyon Springs started its playoff run last year by beating El-dog in quarters.
Canyon Springs 90, Eldorado 71

Wednesday Feb. 19
Eldorado
at
Canyon Springs

They’ll have to navigate a minefield, but the Pioneers are the easy favorites in the Sunrise.
Canyon Springs 84, Eldorado 61

Sierra Vista headed in the right direction. Tough quarterfinal draw.
Bishop Gorman 80, Sierra Vista 44

Wednesday Feb. 19
Sierra Vista
at
Bishop Gorman

About to be three straight titles for Gaels.
Bishop Gorman 77, Sierra Vista 49

Centennial gets its revenge for early-season loss to Arbor View, returns to Sunset title game.
Centennial 71, Arbor View 68

Thursday Feb. 20
Centennial
vs.
Arbor View

Can’t believe we’re on the same side of this toss-up, but I think Centennial is playing better right now.
Centennial 67, Arbor View 66

After struggling in quarterfinals, Bishop Gorman makes a statement.
Gorman 80, Durango 53

Thursday Feb. 20
Durango
vs.
Bishop Gorman

Durango hangs around for a little while on its home court before succumbing to the inevitable.
Bishop Gorman 71, Durango 55

You have to play your best to beat Foothill. LV makes too many mistakes each game.
Foothill 73, Las Vegas 65

Thursday Feb. 20
Las Vegas
vs.
Foothill

Falcons are on upset alert. Wildcats beat them once this year and can do it again.
Las Vegas 74, Foothill 70

Canyon Springs is playing like the state’s best team. Seriously.
Canyon Springs 80, Valley 71

Thursday Feb. 20
Valley
vs.
Canyon Springs

Would be a shame if Canyon Springs didn’t make state after its great season, but not far-fetched. Both previous games with Valley were close.
Canyon Springs 78, Valley 75

Las Vegas starters exhausted from playing virtually entire game against Foothill. Can’t catch-up with Canyon’s track team.
Canyon Springs 99, Las Vegas 73

Friday Feb. 21
Las Vegas
vs.
Canyon Springs

No surprise in the Sunset for once.
Canyon Springs 81, Las Vegas 74

We’ve seen this movie before. Gorman too good on the inside for Centennial.
Gorman 82, Centennial 63

Friday Feb. 21
Centennial
vs.
Bishop Gorman

Centennial is playing great, but Gorman is another animal.
Gorman 79, Centennial 65

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