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All-Area Boys' Basketball First Team

April 21, 2012

Jessy Cantinol, Senior, Forward, Renaissance Academy

Received slew of awards including John R. Wooden Division VI Player of the Year and CIF Southern Section Division VI and Harbor League first-team honors, after averaging 15.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game in a season where Wildcats captured first-ever CIF Southern Section Division title and fell one game short of CIF State Boys' Division V championship.

Blake Hamilton, Senior, Forward, Pasadena

Earned Pacific League and CIF Southern Section Division III-AAA first-team awards after averaging a double-double with 17 points and 10.5 rebounds a game for Pasadena. Scored a team-high 21 points a game in postseason.

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Brandon Jolley, Junior, Forward, Pasadena

Led CIF Southern Section Division III-AAA and Pacific League champion Bulldogs with average of 19 points per game along with nine rebounds. Went on to earn co-Division III-AAA and Pacific League Player of the Year honors after shooting 58% from field and 80% from free-throw line.

Jeremy Major, Junior, Guard, Maranatha

Pepperdine-bound junior posted division-high 25.8 points per game in Southern Section (Division IV-AA), while shooting 54% from floor. Hauled in Olympic League MVP and division first-team awards for Minutemen squad that went 21-6, 6-2 in league.

Christian Misi, Senior, Forward, Crescenta Valley

Headed to Cal Baptist after senior season in which he earned Pacific League and CIF Southern Section Division I-A first-team accolades and averaged 14.8 points, 10.5 rebounds a contest for Falcons squad that advanced to Division I-A semifinals.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Shawn Zargarian, Crescenta Valley

Coached a well-rounded, experienced Falcons squad to 26 wins and runner-up finish in strong Pacific League with 12-2 record that included a memorable win over rival Pasadena. CV enjoyed one of its finest seasons, reaching CIF Southern Section Division I-A semifinals for first time since 1994 and securing a berth in the state playoffs, where it gave eventual champion Mater Dei a run for its money.

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