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Aaseem Dixon leads Centennial to first-round rout of Western

Evan Martin and Marcus Allen also contribute in Centennial’s big night

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Justin M. Bowen

Aaseem Dixon of Centennial shoots free throw against Palo Verde during their game Tuesday, February 9, 2011 at Palo Verde High School. Centennial won the game 74-57.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer discuss their way through the Sunrise and Sunset playoff brackets. They disagree on the early rounds, but come to a consensus on who will advance to the state championship.

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Western focused its entire defensive game plan around stopping Centennial’s Aaseem Dixon in the teams’ first-round playoff game Tuesday night.

That wasn’t enough. Dixon scored 24 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists as Centennial glided past Western 92-68.

“It was another box-and-one against Aaseem,” Centennial coach Todd Allen said of the zone defense Western used. “We’re getting used to that. We’re stepping up and dealing with it well.”

Dixon exploded at the start of the game and scored the Bulldogs first six points. They never looked back after that and were able to overcome a sharp-shooting night from Western’s Ryan Johnson, who hit four 3-pointers.

In addition to Dixon, Centennial center Evan Martin had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Martin also added five blocks.

Marcus Allen, meanwhile, scored 16 points.

“We shot really well out of the gate,” Todd Allen said. “Our quickness really got to them.”

The Centennial victory sets up a Sunset semifinal showdown with Sierra Vista. Both the Mountain Lions and Bulldogs have only lost four games this season and have proven to be two of the area’s best teams.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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