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first_imgLOS ANGELES – Arron Afflalo usually gets the attention of his opponents for his scoring ability, but the UCLA junior believes he will be the focus of California’s Ayinde Ubaka for another reason. When UCLA beat the Bears last month in Berkeley, Ubaka was shut down. At the time, he led Cal in scoring but was shut out by Afflalo. So when Cal visits No. 4 UCLA tonight, Afflalo knows he needs to be ready. “I’m sure he’s looking forward to it,” Afflalo said. “I’ll guard him and try to get the same result, but he’s a competitive player and I’m sure he’s more upset about the loss than his own personal performance.” Ubaka, who is averaging 14 points per game, was 0 for 8 against the Bruins. He missed several open shots, and even when he was near the basket, shied away from contact. After UCLA’s 62-46 win, Cal coach Ben Braun said Ubaka was ill, which contributed to his poor play. The outing certainly was different from the 18 points Ubaka scored in Cal’s 68-61 win at Pauley last season. “I have great respect for Ubaka,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “He killed us here a year ago. He had 18 here a year ago. He was sick when we played them up there, and did not play well. I know he’ll want to come back and really take it at us.” Howland has used reserve center/power forward Alfred Aboya much more in the last six weeks because of the energy of the sophomore big man. center_img In UCLA’s first 15 games, Aboya averaged 13.5 minutes, 3.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. In the Bruins’ last 11 games, Aboya is playing 21.3 minutes, scoring 4.5 points and grabbing six rebounds. “His rebounds per minute, especially on the offensive end, are far better than anybody, including Luc (Richard Mbah a Moute), on the team,” Howland said. Aboya is tied with Mbah a Moute with 36 offensive rebounds in Pac-10 play. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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