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Close games highlight first night of high school basketball playoffs

Two-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman wins in blowout fashion, other teams hang on late

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 | 12:08 a.m.

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Playoff bracket breakdown

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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.

There were no upsets Tuesday in the first night of the high school basketball playoffs.

All of the higher-seeded teams were victorious in both the Sunrise and Sunset regions, claiming victories on their home courts to advance to Thursday’s semifinal round.

There was no surprise for the top performance of the night: two-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman scored more than 100 points in blowing out Legacy.

The best game occurred in the Sunrise Region where Foothill hung on for a close victory against Valley. Foothill trailed by 18 points in the third quarter and by 11 to start the fourth quarter before rallying.

Other games were close, too. Coronado erased a double-digit deficit to beat Las Vegas, while Palo Verde and Durango went back and forth in the fourth quarter before Palo Verde prevailed.

Case Keefer and Ray Brewer will have short recaps from all eight games. Click on the headline for the story about your neighborhood team for all of the details.

Coronado erases early deficit, downs Las Vegas to reach Sunrise semifinals

Canyon Springs forces tempo in second half, blows past Silverado

Down 18 points in second half, Foothill rallies past Valley

Aaseem Dixon leads Centennial to first-round rout of Western

Sierra Vista plays lockdown defense to get past Cimarron-Memorial

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

Eldorado takes care of Green Valley, will be at full strength for semifinals

Palo Verde escapes in memorable showdown with Durango

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