Here’s a quick look at the top 10 teams that will be highlighted in this week’s new Cal-Hi Sports State Top 20 rankings for boys and girls basketball.
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(After games of Saturday, Jan.23)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
(Ronnie Flores is our lead analyst for the boys; Harold Abend for the girls)
TOP 10 STATE BOYS
1. (1) Chino Hills 19-0
Lonzo Ball had 32 points, 15 assists, 16 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in one-sided win last Friday over state-ranked local rival Damien.
2. (2) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 19-0
Knights get crack at No. 1 Chino Hills Saturday at Cerritos College. Could be the biggest regular season showdown in head coach Doug Mitchell’s 27-year career.
3. (3) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 16-3
On the court wins (such as two last week) could be replaced by in the courtroom activity if sophomore transfer Marvin Bagley’s appeal for eligibility is denied.
4. (4) Foothills Christian (El Cajon) 13-3
Senior Luis Salgado became the CIF San Diego Section’s all-time leader for career 3-pointers made as Knights stayed on roll after big win at Hoophall Classic.
5. (5) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 18-3
The Monarchs overcame 11-point halftime deficit in win last week over St. John Bosco.
6. (6) Modesto Christian 18-1
It was three more easy wins over local squads for NorCal Open Division contender.
7. (7) Crespi (Encino) 20-1
Big game against state-ranked Alemany ended up being an impressive 79-59 win for the Celts.
8. (8) De La Salle (Concord) 16-1
Monte Vista of Danville has had Spartans’ number lately and forced overtime last week but DLS prevailed 60-56 and snapped six-game losing streak to Mustangs.
9. (9) Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) 16-3
Only in-state loss for Seahawks remains the one to Chino Hills.
10. (10) Folsom 18-2
Easy wins over Rocklin and Del Oro of Loomis keeps Bulldogs firmly in the top 10.
TOP 10 STATE GIRLS
1. (1) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 18-0
Scheduled game vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) from last Saturday was postponed. One game this week will be against local rival Lincoln.
2. (2) Miramonte (Orinda) 16-0
After week of finals, the Mats returned to action last Saturday to beat Carondelet 80-65 at Lamorinda Classic.
3. (3) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 13-3
We’ll have more on this later, but head coach Sue Phillips won 600th game last Saturday when team topped Valley Christian.
4. (4) Long Beach Poly
(Long Beach) 15-3
The Jackrabbits have a tough game this week on Saturday vs. Alemany of Mission Hills.
5. (5) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 19-2
After wins last week vs. Santa Margarita and Orange Lutheran, this week’s foes will be Rosary and Fairmont Prep.
6. (6) Brea Olinda (Brea) 16-2
The Ladycats figure to be 18-2 when they run into state-ranked Windward of L.A. on Saturday.
7. (7) Chaminade (West Hills) 19-3
After playing and winning three times last week from Monday to Saturday, the Eagles only have one game this week vs. Notre Dame Academy of L.A.
8. (9) Mission Hills (San Marcos) 16-3
With previous No. 8 Pinewood of Los Altos Hills dropping down after buzzer-beating loss to Stockton Brookside Christian, the Grizzlies move up once again.
9. (10) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 15-4
The Torreys will go up against McDonald’s All-American DiJonai Carrington and team at Horizon Christian on Wednesday.
10. (11) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 12-4
Busy week for the Dragons looms with four games, capped by matchup vs. Brookside Christian on Saturday.