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City League Boys' Basketball preview

| Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001

Players to watch
Larry Bryant, Schenley Senior Guard 5-11
Gilmore Cummings, Oliver Junior Guard 6-0
Cory Davis, Peabody Sophomore Forward 6-3
Justin Mullen, Peabody Junior Guard 5-10
Jason Raiford, Oliver Senior Forward 6-7
Dwayne Pettis, Perry Sophomore Guard/forward 6-2
Mike Reid, Perry Senior Guard/forward 6-0
Mike Scott, Schenley Senior Guard 5-9
Gavin Turner, Peabody Sophomore Forward 6-5

Teams to watch
Oliver, 17-10 last year
Peabody, 25-5 last year
Schenley, 29-3 last year
Perry, 11-14 last year

Notable: Oliver, which hasn't won a City League title since 1957, is the pre-season favorite with F Jason Raiford and G Gilmore Cummings. The Bears reached the City League semifinals last year. "Oliver is probably the best team right off the bat," Peabody coach Jim Kahn said. ...Three-time defending City League champion Peabody is young, but has good size and should contend. Gavin Turner, a 6-5 sophomore, leads a group of talented youngsters for the Highlanders. ...Schenley graduated all five starters from last year's 29-3 PIAA Class AAAA runner-up, but returns a solid backcourt in Mike Scott and Larry Bryant and promising 6-5 sophomore center Kyle Perdue. ....Perry also could make a run at its first City League title since winning the Class AAA crown in 1994, but is missing some players from its PIAA semifinalist football team, including G Mike Reid. Sophomore Dwayne Pettis could be a breakthrough player. ...Darryl Moore takes over at Westinghouse. ... South went 0-24 last year and is 5-86 in the past four years.

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