The season’s first showdown came in the Horsman Invitational at West Hills and the tournament championship and this week’s No. 1 ranking went to St. Augustine.
Trey Kell fired from three-point range and, driving to the hoop, twisted around Torrey Pines defenders to score 28 points and lead the Saints to a 60-55 victory in a matchup of unbeaten teams.
Torrey Pines went to the foul line 17 times in the first three quarters. St. Augustine did not make its first visit until early in the fourth quarter. The Saints led throughout and had opened a 42-33, third-quarter advantage.
La Costa Canyon, the preseason number one, dropped a 61-59 decision to Hoover, then rebounded with a 74-50 win over the Cardinals.
Mater Dei was off to a fast start, then fell to Capistrano JSerra, 63-48, and West Hills Chaminade, 55-47, in the Catholic Cup Challenge in Phoenix. The Crusaders defeated St. Mary’s of Phoenix, 74-60, in the same event.
|#||Team (1st place votes)||W-L*||Points**||Last Week|
|1||St. Augustine (11)||6-0||128||2|
|2||La Costa Canyon (2)||5-1||117||1|
|6||Mater Dei Catholic||6-2||51||9|
|7||El Camino (2)||4-2||46||4|
* Last year
**Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis
NR Not previously ranked.
Others receiving votes: Lincoln, 15; Escondido, 6; Valhalla, Cathedral, 5 each; Mission Hills, El Cajon Valley, 1 each.