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Kelly Kallina at Full Court Press: They’re Number One: Brea Olinda High Takes Nike Tournament of Champions Title

The basketball was as good as it gets in high school Wednesday night in the packed Hamilton High gym in Chandler, Arizona, that hosted the finals of the 15th Annual Nike Tournament of Champions, one of the most prestigious events in girls’ high school basketball. Two Southern California teams, Brea Olinda High School and Long Beach Poly, had spent the past three days duking it out with some of the best teams in the sport, drawn from across the country, for the right to compete in the title game.

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from Glenn as he puts the Spotlight on SoCal’s basketball powers

When you are the No. 1 team in the land, you’d think there wouldn’t be much to occupy your mind much beyond simply continuing the flow of winning, conquering and celebrating. But try being No. 1, and having No. 2 just down the road. And try blotting out the fact that No. 2 beat you once during each of the past two seasons.

You think Alexyz Vaioletama and her Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) teammates don’t ponder or talk about Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.)?

“We do,” says Vaioletama, herself the No. 14 prospect in the 2011 class and a USC signee.

Often?

“Often,” Vaioletama confirms.

How often?

“Every day,” Vaioletama says.

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