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Local, national dignitaries in the stands to watch Findlay beat Gorman, 73-61

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UNLV coaching legend Jerry Tarkanian watches the Findlay Prep game against Bishop Gorman Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Cox Pavilion. Findlay won the game 73-61.

Updated Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 | 3:54 p.m.

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Breaking down the Bishop Gorman, Findlay Prep showdown

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Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer take a look at Saturday's high school basketball game between Bishop Gorman and Findlay Prep. They also break down the Palo Verde-Centennial game.

Here’s yet another sign that Saturday’s Bishop Gorman-Findlay Prep high school basketball game was the hottest ticket in town:

The list of notables in attendance at the Cox Pavilion for Findlay's 73-61 victory included: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, former NFL great Randall Cunningham, UNLV coaching legend Jerry Tarkanian, Las Vegas Sun editor Brian Greenspun and race car owner Sam Schmidt. The game is hosted annually by Findlay Toyota, with owner Cliff Findlay — the founder and sponsor of Findlay Prep program — also seated courtside.

Final Four MVP Ed O'Bannon was also in the stands and judged a halftime dunk contest, and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman was the game’s honorary captain. Others here include: businessman Tito Tiberti, local politician Rory Reid, former NBA player and Findlay assistant coach Jerome Williams and a slew of college coaches scouting a long line of elite prospects on both teams.

Tickets at the 2,500-seat facility sold-out within days of going on sale in early January. Originally priced at $15 to $30, they were being sold Friday on Stubhub.com for up to $201. One fan purchased six tickets for $500 outside the arena a few minutes before tipoff.

It’s the fourth straight year the nationally ranked local powers have played with Findlay — a team of players from around the globe that plays a national schedule — winning every meeting. Last year’s contest went to double overtime and was decided on a buzzer-beater, creating much excitement for this year’s contest.

The year’s game was as good as advertised with Gorman leading Findlay 34-33 at halftime thanks to a halfcourt shot at the buzzer by Ben Carter. But Findlay took control in the second half, outscoring Gorman 20-5 in the third quarter behind the solid play of guards Dominic Artis and Nigel Williams-Goss

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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