Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Central California Conference's elite group of guards;
- Phil Etcheverry, Los Banos
The 6-foot senior averages 10.8 points, three rebounds and 2.1 assists. He scored 27 in a 68-49 loss to Pitman, hitting eight 3-pointers. He has two other games with six 3-pointers and is ninth in the Sac-Joaquin Section with 50 3-pointers.
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The 6-2 senior averages 8.9 points,
3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and two steals. One of the region's top defenders, he draws the opponent's
top backcourt player and still has the energy to score points.
The 6-1 junior averages a district-high 25.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals. He scored 39 in a 66-60 win over Turlock, including 17 of 20 from the free-throw line, and has yet to be held under 15 points in a game.
The 6-1 senior averages 15.2 points,
six rebounds, 4.1 assists and a steal. He scored a season-high 30 in a 68-49 victory over Los Banos and had 26 -- hitting 14 of 17 free throws -- to beat Edison 56-52.
The 6-1 junior averages 18.8 points,
six rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals.
He scored a career-high 28 in a 66-61 win over Lincoln and has hit 63 3-pointers -- No. 2 in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
The 6-3 senior averages 20.3 points,
7.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.9 steals.
He's shooting 50 percent from the floor, has two 28-point games and three double-doubles.
The 6-3 sophomore averages 13.4 points,
3.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals. He scored
24 in a 74-55 win over Ceres, nailing four 3-pointers.
-- RICHARD T. ESTRADA