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Shabazz Muhammad leads Gorman to lopsided win as Kansas’ Bill Self watches

Gorman eclipses the 100 mark in first-round win over Legacy

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Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman High School dunks the ball over Sierra Vista High School’s Donovan Williams during a game at Sierra Vista Monday, January 10, 2011.

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The following sentence could apply to about half of Bishop Gorman’s games this season: Junior guard Shabazz Muhammad shined with (insert high-profile college coach here) in attendance.

It was no different in Gorman’s 101-64 beatdown of Legacy on Tuesday in the first round of the Sunset Region playoffs. Muhammad scored 32 points and made his first seven 3-point attempts in front of Kansas coach Bill Self, who was in town to watch one of the nation’s top recruits in the class of 2012.

“Coach Self was there and it means a lot,” Gorman coach Grant Rice said. “But I think Shabazz has shown he’s going to perform consistently in big games whether coaches are there or not. He’s that kind of kid. He’s going 100 percent all of the time, and that’s what makes him special.”

Gorman built a big lead by halftime, so Muhammad and the rest of the Gaels starters sat for the majority of the second half.

Fellow top junior Rosco Allen had 15 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Allen also impressed Self in the process, according to Rice.

It was the kind of performance expected in the first round from the defending state champions. Gorman’s next test comes Thursday when it faces Palo Verde in the Sunset semifinals.

“We had one of our best practices of the year Saturday,” Rice said. “It was a good practice and we followed it with a good performance.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or case.keefer@lasvegassun.com. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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