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BOYS' BASKETBALL: ARIE COMES THROUGH SENIOR KEY FOR COYOTES IN WIN CALABASAS 55, SIMI VALLEY 52.

Byline: SEAN CEGLINSKY Special to the Daily News

Seemingly every time the Calabasas boys' basketball team needed a basket in the second half of Friday night's game, it went to Silvio Arie. And the senior answered without fail.

Arie scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to guide the host Coyotes to a 55-52 upset victory over Marmonte League front-runner Simi Valley, ranked No. 5 by the Daily News.

``I just went out and did what I had to tonight,'' Arie said. ``I felt real comfortable out there. Things were coming to me easily and I took what the defense was giving me.''

Simi Valley (17-4, 8-1) trailed by as many as 11 points in the third quarter but battled back behind Brandon Simon, who scored 17 points on five 3-pointers, four in the second half.

The Pioneers cut the deficit to 51-49 with 2:24 left in the fourth quarter, but Arie answered with a layup to give the Coyotes (12-9, 7-2) and insurmountable lead.

``Silvio is underrated,'' Calabasas coach Jim Nielsen said. ``He's coming into his own and everyone saw that tonight.''

Shane Foster was in foul trouble for a majority of the game, so Mark Fields picked up the slack for Calabasas, scoring 12 points and adding seven blocks.

``We had some big contributions from everyone tonight, and we knew that was going to be key if we were going to have a chance at winning this game against a very good Simi Valley team,'' Nielsen said.

Calabasas did a good job of containing Simi Valley's top player, Lorne Jackson, in the first half. He made his first field goal of the game with 2:34 left in the first quarter and didn't score again until he made a free throw with 1:49 left in the first half.

Jackson finished with 12 points.

Calabasas seized the momentum early, as Field made a pair of baskets inside and Foster added a layup to give the Coyotes an 8-2 lead midway through the first. Evan Smith hit a 3-pointer to extend the advantage to 11-4 with less than two minutes remaining in the first.

Mike Meza nearly single-handedly kept the Pioneers close despite being in foul trouble himself. He scored six consecutive points over a minute and a half stretch to cut the Calabasas deficit to 25-19 with 2:30 remaining before intermission.

Simi Valley received a confidence boost just before the half when Grant Keller stole the ball from Andrew Schotz and took it the length of the court for a layup as the Pioneers trailed 31-24 at the half.

sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com

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Date:Jan 27, 2007
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