State No. 4 Mater Dei has no trouble with Village Christian while national power Oak Hill Academy got warmed up for its big Saturday game by cruising past Foothills Christian of El Cajon.
No. 4 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 74,
Village Christian (Sun Valley) 42
Mater Dei led 25-22 at halftime, then Mater Dei took control in the third quarter to cruise to its 14th consecutive victory. The last loss for Mater Dei was against state No. 2 Chino Hills in the title game of the Tarkanian Classic. Mater Dei, which did not start its normal lineup that now includes recent 7-foot-2 junior Bol Bol, led 49-31 at the end of the third period.
Bol led the way with 19 points and nine rebounds. Recent Cal-commit Justice Sueing added 13 points and six rebounds, while junior point guard Spencer Freedman added 12 points and eight assists. Sophomore Javon Jones led Village Christian with 12 points.
Note: Mater Dei is ranked No. 18 in the FAB 50.
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 86,
Foothills Christian (El Cajon) 59
The nationally-ranked Warriors jumped out all over the Knights and coasted to an easy win over a team that was state-ranked last week, but has been reeling in recent weeks. Foothills was up to No. 7 in the state, but now has lost three of its last four games. Oak Hill, which started off as the preseason No. 1 team in the nation but has three losses (including one to state No. 1 and FAB 50 No. 2 Sierra Canyon) went through the motions at times, but was too big and physical for Foothills Christian.
Iowa St.-bound guard Lindell Wigginton imposed his will and hit plenty of open jump shots for the Warriors, finishing with 29 points, including 6-of-11 3-pointers. Southern California native Billy Preston and junior big man David McCormack controlled the boards, as Oak Hill held a 42-27 advantage and shot a higher percentage from the field. Preston came off the bench to finish with 19 points and 12 rebounds while McCormack had 13 rebounds.
McDonald’s All-American choice Jaylen Hands led Foothills Christian with 34 points. He was the team’s only double-digit scorer and wasn’t officially credited with an assist.
Note: Oak Hill Academy is ranked No. 12 in the FAB 50.
Saddleback Valley Christian (SJ Capistrano) 48,
Servite (Anaheim) 40
Jonah Tolmarie (SVC) 11 pts; Devyian Robertson (Servite) 12 pts.
Rancho Mirage 58,
Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) 52
Charles Neal (Rancho Mirage) 30 pts, 6 rbs, 4 asts; Chris Koon (RHP) 18 pts.
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