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2016-17 Regionals: Seventeen Remain in Play

Rick : March 10, 2017 6:51 am : Basketball

With Open Division play beginning with quarterfinals tonight, seventeen of 31 San Diego Section teams remain in the Southern California regionals of the state playoffs.

Boys teams won seven of Wednesday’s 13, opening-round games, were 6-1 in road games and 3-3 at home.  

Four lower seeds, Vista, Orange Glen, Olympian, and Mission Hills won and three higher seeds, Foothills Christian, Mater Dei, and La Costa Canyon lost.

Girls teams won 6 of 14, opening-round games Wednesday, were 6-1 at home, and 0-7 on the road.   Favored Poway was beaten by Huntington Beach, 52-43, in the only upset.

Biggest surprises so far were No 11 seed Vista’s remarkable, double-overtime, 97-94 win at No. 6 Rancho Santa Margarita and, just a few miles South, No. 13 Orange Glen’s 66-65, overtime victory at No. 4 Capistrano Valley.

Going into tonight’s four Open Division contests, San Diego Section clubs are 13-14 overall, 9-4 at home, and 6-8 on the road.

San Diego teams will be visitors in 11 of the 16 quarterfinals games.

BOYS FRIDAY, MARCH 10

Open 6 St. Augustine (27-4) @3 Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (27-4)
8 Torrey Pines (28-4) @1 Torrance Bishop Montgomery (27-2)

BOYS  SATURDAY, MARCH 11

Div. Team Opponent
I 11 Vista (29-3) @3 Woodland Hills Taft (26-10)
II 12 Mission Hills (22-8) 13 Pasadena (25-6)
III 8 Santa Fe Christian (21-10) @1 Ontario Colony (28-5)
13 Orange Glen (22-9) @6 Selma (30-4)
IV 2 Helix (28-5) 7 Torrance West  (23-8)
V 4 Brawley (27-7) 13  Olympian (29-3)

 

GIRLS FRIDAY, MARCH 10

Open 3 Mission Hills (29-2) 6 Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda (26-2)
5 The Bishop’s (29-3) @4 Studio City Harvard-Westlake (25-4)

GIRLS SATURDAY, MARCH 11

Div. Team Opponent
I 8 La Jolla Country Day (18-11) @1 L.A. Windward (26-4)
III 6 Serra (21-10) @3 L.A. Marlboro (22-8)
7 Mater Dei (22-11) @2  Camarillo (29-4)
IV 4 Rancho Bernardo (26-6) 5 Cerritos Valley Christian (22-9)
6 Scripps Ranch (27-5) @3 Sun Valley Village Christian (29-3)
V 7 Escondido Adventist (23-3) @2 Irvine Crean (19-11)

 

 

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2016-17 Regionals: Saints, Torrey Get Rugged First Tests

Rick : March 6, 2017 2:49 pm : Basketball

Thirty-one teams from the San Diego Section begin play Wednesday and Friday nights in the Southern California regional  playoffs.

Regional winners will qualify for the state championships against Northern California winners.

The CIF state committee which created the seedings and brackets based on the power ratings model didn’t think highly of the San Diego Section’s 15 boys’ teams chances or those of the 16 girls’ squads.

Helix, seeded second in Boys’ D-IV, is the highest ranked boys club.  Brawley, a 4 seed in D-V, is the only other male team with a seeding higher than 6.

Helix (28-5) gets a Wednesday night home game against No. 15 Granada Hills (14-16), better known as the alma mater of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.

Brawley, Foothills Christian, Mater Dei, and Santa Fe Christian are the only others with home games.

St. Augustine and Torrey Pines, San Diego Section Open Division finalists, were placed in the eight-team regional Open, which begins play Friday night.

Helix, on an 18-game winning streak and having played a decidedly easier, mostly local schedule, was given a lower division slot and a presumed stronger prospect of advancing to the to the state final.

St. Augustine and Torrey Pines played stronger intersectional schedules and were “rewarded” with first-round road games against loaded, nationally ranked Southern Section teams Chatsworth Sierra Canyon  and Torrance Bishop Montgomery, respectively.

GIRLS FARE BETTER

Nine teams earned seeds that will give them home games, beginning Wednesday night.

Mission Hills (29-2) is No. 3 in the Open Division and plays host on Friday to a dangerous 6 seed, 28-2 Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda.

Rancho Bernardo (4), The Bishop’s (5), Serra (6), Scripps Ranch (6), Mater Dei (7), and Escondido Adventist (7) all will act as hosts.

The biggest underdog of all 31 teams appears to be the Guajome Park Frogs, who have a 19-9 record but are seeded 16th in boys’ D-V and will travel to No. 1 seed Riverside Notre Dame.

FINAL UNION-TRIBUNE TOP 10

1–St. Augustine, 2–Torrey Pines, 3–Foothills Christian, 4–Helix, 5–Vista, 6—Mater Dei, 7—Mission Hills, 8—Santa Fe Christian, 9—La Jolla Country Day, 10—Canyon Crest.

BOYS PAIRINGS

DIV. SEED TEAM W/L VS. SEED W/L
OPEN 6 St. Augustine 27-4 @Chatsworth Sierra Canyon 3 27-2
8 Torrey Pines 28-4 @Torrance Bishop Montgomery 1 27-2
1 7 Foothills Christian 24-6 Oak Park 10 22-8
11 Vista 28-3 @Rancho Santa Margarita 6 21-8
II 8 Mater Dei 23-5 Studio City Harvard-Westlake 9 21-11
12 Mission Hills 21-8 @Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 5 26-3
III 7 La Jolla Country Day 19-10 L.A. Washington 10 22-6
8 Santa Fe Christian 20-10 Vista Murrieta 9 24-5
14 Orange Glen 21-6 @Capistrano Valley 3 25-6
IV 2 Helix 27-5 Granada Hills 15 14-16
13 Sage Creek 14-17 @Twentynine Palms 4 27-3
14 Lincoln 21-12 @L.A. Carson 3 21-6
V 12 Olympian 28-3 @Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian 5 22-5
16 Guajome Park 19-9 @Riverside Notre Dame 1 29-3
4 Brawley 21-7 L.A. Watts New Design 13 19-2


GIRLS PAIRINGS

DIV. SEED TEAM W/L VS. SEED W/L
OPEN 3 Mission Hills 29-2 Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda 6 28-2
5 The Bishop’s 28-3 @Studio City Harvard-Westlake 4 25-4
I 8 La Jolla Country Day 18-11 L.A. Palisades 9 25-9
13 Eastlake 23-7 @Brea-Olinda 4 23-7
II 13 La Costa Canyon 25-5 @L.B. Millikan 4 19-8
14 Westview 19-10 @Mission Hills Chaminade 3 16-11
7 Poway 24-6 Huntington Beach 10 23-9
III 13 San  Marcos 19-11 @Lawndale Leuzinger 4 23-10
6 Serra 20-10 L.A. Westchester 11 18-16
7 Mater Dei 21-11 San Juan Capistrano JSerra 10 16-14
IV 16 Lincoln 27-4 @Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos 1 22-3
4 Rancho Bernardo 25-6 L.A. Torres 13 20-6
6 Scripps Ranch 26-5 Pasadena 11 22-10
V 12 Maranatha 19-8 @Palos Verdes Rolling Hills 5 28-3
7 Escondido Adventist 22-3 Riverside Carnegie 10 16-4
15 Pacific Ridge 10-14 Irvine Crean 2 18-11

 

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2016-17, Week 10: Happy Trails, Saints Landmark

Rick : March 2, 2017 2:23 pm : Basketball

Dougherty Gymnasium went out in a blaze…of technicals!

The final two games at  St. Augustine were in  keeping with the history of the  64-year-old building, a bandbox of often ear-splitting noise, tightly-packed crowds, and  barnburner finishes.

Foothills Christian coach Brad Leaf will be serving a suspension when the Knights open play in the Southern California regionals of the state playoffs next week.

Despite the 72-69 loss to the Saints in semifinals of the San Diego Section playoffs,  Foothills will join St. Augustine, Torrey Pines, and five other local Open Division teams in the extended postseason.

Blame Leaf’s one-time benching on the decibel level created by the overflowing mass of humanity in the old gym or the spirit of Fr. Dougherty.

Fr. Joseph Dougherty was an Augustinian Provincial who led the  fund-raising drive that resulted in the Dec. 2, 1952, dedication of the squat, brick edifice that seats maybe 700 persons and occupies a campus niche on Palm Avenue between 32nd and Nutmeg streets.

COACH BANISHED

Leaf received two technicals and an automatic ejection with 1.5 seconds remaining in the game.

As a team, Foothills was hit with three technicals because  a Knights player, or Leaf, called time out after Foothills rebounded a missed shot with 1.9 seconds remaining and the score tied at 69.

Foothills, however, was out of time outs, prompting the first whistle.

Leaf got into trouble when he began shouting that he had not called time out, resulting in technical No. 1.

When Leaf stalked the referee across the court, another in the crew raised his right hand to signal the second technical and ejection.

“It was a chaotic situation,” Leaf later said to writer John Maffei of the Union-Tribune.  “The gym was packed, everyone was standing. It was tough to hear or see anything….”

SAINTS ON RECEIVING END

The Saints’ Taeshon Cherry was shown the door three nights before  after the player complained about a  foul in the second quarter of the Saints’ 68-45, quarterfinals win over La Costa Canyon.

CIF commissioner Jerry Schniepp overturned Cherry’s ejection after the crew of officials admitted  a mistake and that Cherry had not received two technicals, since the first whistle had resulted in a common foul.

Saints coach Mike Haupt didn’t start Cherry against Foothills but the 6-foot, 8-inch junior got into the game minutes later and scored 17 points.

OTTO MAN

The Saints’ game hero was Otto Taylor, a 6-1 senior who scored 23 points and hit three free throws in six attempts (two for each technical) with 1.5 remaining to give St. Augustine the victory.

SET SHOTS

Dougherty Gym will be used for other school purposes next season, when the Saints move into their new 1,500-seat arena on campus…the Open finals Saturday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus will match the No. 1 (St. Augustine) and No. 2 (Torrey Pines) teams in the Union-Tribune weekly poll..the girls Open final will bring together No. 1 Mission Hills and No. 2 The Bishop’s…St. Augustine is eighth in the Cal-Hi Sports state top 20 and Torrey Pines is 16th…Mission Hills is fourth and The Bishop’s is on the bubble in the girls’ top 20….

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1941-42: Season Survives After Pearl Harbor

Rick : February 27, 2017 4:14 pm : Basketball

San Diego High players weren’t thinking of tomorrow.

They were more interested in savoring a 27-24 victory at Coronado as the team boarded the ferry for the short ride back to the docking slip near Pacific Highway and Market Street.

The Cavers may even have been discussing the merits of crosstown rival Hoover’s 52-36 victory over Santa Ana the night before.

The time, about 10 p.m.,  Dec. 6, 1941.

Fourteen hours later, as reports began to reach the Pacific Coast of a Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands, the game would be quickly forgotten.

Students and players from around San Diego County began to react to the chaotic events 2,500 miles away.

On Dec. 8,  as written by Don King in  Caver Conquest, King’s athletic history of San Diego High,  “…many in the record 3,316 students brought radios to hear latest reports…most gathered in the gym and auditorium to hear President Roosevelt address Congress and declare war.”

King also noted:

–Twenty-four San Diego High students joined the military within 10 days of the attack.

–Dances and banquets were canceled.

–The school newspaper, the Russ, suggested that the campus, strategically located near crucial military facilities, was important in contingency planning in event of an enemy attack on San Diego.

–Principal John Aseltine urged students to remain calm amid (possible) exaggerated war reports and to continue their routine as much as possible.

–Students volunteered to serve as messengers, took postings at civilian defense facilities, provided child care for defense workers, cared for the elderly during blackouts, and worked tirelessly in the defense effort.

The situation probably was much the same at the area’s other educational institutions.

The County included 18 high schools:

Ermer Robinson (right), in 1948 game against George Mikan and Minneapolis Lakers, played 14 years with Harlem Globetrotters.

–San Diego, Hoover, Point Loma, La Jolla, and St. Augustine, in the city;

–Coronado, Sweetwater, Grossmont, Fallbrook, Oceanside, San Dieguito, Vista, Escondido, Ramona, Julian, and Mountain Empire, located in the outskirts and beyond;

–Two,  private military schools, San Diego Army-Navy in Carlsbad and Brown Military in Pacific Beach.

All had basketball teams.

Universal travel and game restrictions had not yet been applied.  Many schedules had been set, guarantees sometimes agreed to, and, in an attempt to continue as before, interscholastic sports went forward.

Most varsities played at least 12-15 games, plus there was another dozen or so by junior varsity,  Bee, Cee, and D  squads.  A basketball fan would have a choice of more than 700 games on a three-month menu.

THE GAMES WENT ON

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2016-17 Week 9: Saints Figure to be Wary in First Round

Rick : February 20, 2017 4:38 pm : Basketball

St Augustine finished No. 1 in the Union-Tribune regular-season poll, is the San Diego Section’s No. 1 seed in the Open Division playoffs, and is 11th in the state, according to Cal-Hi Sports as the Saints await No. 8 seed La Costa Canyon in a first-round game Saturday night in perhaps the last game ever at Dougherty Gym.

The tiny arena, erected in 1952, will remain standing and will serve other purposes on the Nutmeg Street campus, but the Saints will be playing in a new, 1,500-seat edifice in 2017-18.

The Saints (24-4) of coach Mike Haupt figure to dismiss  the 19-8 Mavericks of coach Dave Cassaw, but one look at results in the Southern Section first round last week shows that anything can happen in the postseason.

St. Augustine moved up one spot in the Cal-Hi ratings because seventh-ranked Mission Hills Alemany was upset by bubble team Long Beach Poly, 66-48.

The 18-point loss was enough to catch one’s attention, but Poly’s victory was achieved despite setbacks from the moment the Jackrabbits got on the bus.

A normal, 45-mile, hour-and-a-half ride to the San Fernando campus of Alemany turned into a 4 1/2-hour journey through torrential rain, wind, road closures, and a unscheduled stop when the charter broke down.

For Long Beach it was all’s well that ends well.

Second-seeded Torrey Pines (26-3) plays host to No. 7,  20-8 La Jolla Country Day at the other end of the San Diego Section Open bracket.

Looming in the quarterfinals for St. Augustine or La Costa Canyon is either 5 Mater Dei Catholic (22-4) or 4 Foothills Christian (23-5).

The winner at Torrey Pines will get No. 3 Vista (23-3) or No. 6 Mission Hills (20-7).

GRIZZLIES STILL HOLD CLAW

The Girls’ Open tournament favors Mission Hills, 26-2 and Cal-Hi’s state No. 4. The top-seed Grizzlies take on 8 seed Serra (20-8) Friday night.

The Bishop’s is seeded second in the Open Division, but was knocked out of the Cal-High Top 20 when upset last week, 44-42,  by charging La Jolla Country Day, 16-10, winner of six of its last seven, and seeded No. 3.

Union-Tribune Boys’ poll through Monday, Feb. 20:

Rank Team Record Points Last Poll
1 St. Augustine (8) 24-4 97 1
2 Torrey Pines (2) 26-3 90 2
3 Foothills Christian 23-5 81 3
4 Vista 25-3 68 4
5 Helix 23-5 54 5
6 Mater Dei 22-4 48 6
7 Mission Hills 20-7 33 7
8 La Jolla Country Day 20-8 31 8
9 Rancho Bernardo 21-6 10 NR
10 Poway 22-6 9 10

Others receiving votes: Olympian (25-2, 8 points) Canyon Crest (20-7,  7), Serra (24-4, 5), Granite Hills (22-6, 4), La Costa Canyon (20-7, 3), Coronado (27-3, 3).

Poll participants include John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune; Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), Terry Monahan, Union-Tribune correspondent),  Bill Dickens, Adam Paul, EastCountySports.com; Rick Willis, KUSI-TV; Rick Smith, partletonsports.com; Bodie DeSilva, sandiegopreps.com; Chris Davis, freelance;  Aaron Burgin, fulltimehoops.com.

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2016-17 Week 8: Playoffs Next as Leagues Finish

Rick : February 16, 2017 5:17 pm : Basketball

The regular season ends on Friday night and power ratings to determine divisional playoff appointments will follow on Saturday.

St. Augustine lost another first-place vote to Torrey Pines in the weekly Union-Tribune poll,  but is number one in the present power ratings, with Torrey Pines third.  Vista, which hasn’t played the marquee schedules of the Saints or Torrey Pines, is second in the power ratings.

The eight teams selected for the San Diego Section Open Division playoffs will have first-round byes, while divisions 1-5 will tee it up next week.

St. Augustine remained  12th in the Cal-Hi Sports weekly top 20 and Torrey Pines nudged up one notch to 19th.

Mission Hills remained fourth in the Cal-Hi  girls’ ratings, while the Bishop’s anchored at No. 20 for weeks, now is 18th.

Game of the week will be Thursday  night at La Jolla Country Day, where the state bubble team Torreys, 15-10, and winners of 5 in a row, will attempt to reverse a 62-53 loss to The Bishop’s, 27-1 and winner of 16 straight, early in the season.

The other girls bubble team is Eastlake (20-6).  Foothills Christian (20-5) and Vista (23-3) remain on the bubble in boys’ play.

Union-Tribune Boys’ poll through Monday, Feb. 13:

Rank Team Record Points Last Poll
1 St. Augustine (8) 23-4 98 1
2 Torrey Pines (2) 24-3 92 2
3 Foothills Christian 20-5 80 3
4 Vista 23-3 69 4
5 Helix 22-5 54 6
6 Mater Dei 20-4 42 7
7 Mission Hills 18-7 38 5
8 La Jolla Country Day 18-8 29 8
9 Poway 21-5 17 9
10 Serra 23-3 9 10

Others receiving votes: La Costa Canyon (19-6, 5 points), Olympian (21-2, 5), Rancho Bernardo (19-6, 4), Canyon Crest (18-7, 3), Orange Glen (17-7, 2), Granite Hills (20-6, 2).

Poll participants include John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune; Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), Terry Monahan, Union-Tribune correspondent),  Bill Dickens, Adam Paul, EastCountySports.com; Rick Willis, KUSI-TV; Rick Smith, partletonsports.com; Bodie DeSilva, sandiegopreps.com; Chris Davis, freelance;  Aaron Burgin, fulltimehoops.com.

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1946-47: Cardinals, Hillers Busy

Rick : February 8, 2017 1:17 pm : Basketball

The CIF Southern Section was flourishing with competition.

Wartime travel restrictions were a thing of the past.  There were games and more games, multiple tournaments, and big crowds.

Hoover, 13-6 in 19 games in the 1945-46 season, jumped to 33, with a 24-9 record.  San Diego High, 19-5 in 24 outings, played 34 and was 28-6.

Teams in the new Basketball Association of America, which became the NBA, played 60 games.

Hoover and San Diego, meeting the shorter high school schedule, competed almost as often as the pros in December and January.

Hoover won the Coast League race, but San Diego won the Beverly Hills Invitational.  Hoover claimed the Chino tournament title, San Diego the Consolation trophy.

Hoover suffered in the Western States Tournament. San Diego finished third.

San Diego beat Hoover in their first meeting, but Hoover won the last two, tied the Hillers with a 9-3 league record, and won the invitation to the Southern Section playoffs.

Don Larsen, with 94 points in five league games, won the Metropolitan League scoring title (Grossmont’s Ken Tennison was next with 86 in 7), despite graduating from school in January.

Larsen was center of attention at Point Loma.

MEANDERING SAINTS

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2016-17 Week 7: Here Come the Power Ratings

Rick : February 7, 2017 5:16 pm : Basketball

The invitationals and shootouts are  complete, league play is winding down, and the CIF Power Ratings are coming to the forefront.

As happened last season and will  again, the eight leading teams in the power ratings  in the San Diego Section will make for competitive Open Division playoffs.

The team that wins the Open Division here likely then will be pitted against superior Open Division teams from the Los Angeles area, the “NBA” high school teams of the state.

The San Diego Section Open Division participant figures to  be eliminated  in the Southern California regionals and miss the opportunity to compete for a state championship.

The San Diego team that loses in the Section Open  finals probably will be slotted into a lower division bracket in the extended postseason and have a better chance for success.

That’s what the Power Ratings have wrought.

As of today’s power ratings, San Diego’s best team is St. Augustine, which trailed by 19 points last week in the Nike Extravaganza and was outrebounded, 46-31 in a 74-62 loss to Santa Ana Mater Dei.

Mater Dei has  7-foot, 1-inch Bol Bol, the  son of former NBA player Manute Bol, plus assorted other standouts from farflung locations.

DESTINY LEADS U.S.

St. Augustine’s loss dropped the Saints from 10th to 12th in the weekly Cal-Hi Sports state top 20 ratings.  Torrey Pines got off the bubble and is 20th.  Foothills Christian and Vista are on the bubble.

Mission Hills (22-2) moved from fifth to fourth in the girls’ top 20.  The Bishop’s (24-1) climbed to 18th.

The Knights’ Destiny Littleton flew past the 4,000-career-points mark and led the nation with a 48.1 average before last night’s game, a 92-60 win over Horizon  in which Littleton blew up for 61 points.

Mikayla Boykin of Clinton, North Carolina, is second to Littleton  with a 40.1 average.

Union-Tribune Boys’ poll through Monday, Feb. 6:

Rank Team Record Points Last Poll
1 St. Augustine 9) 21-4 99 1
2 Torrey Pines 21-3 89 2
3 Foothills Christian 18-5 79 3
4 Vista 21-3 66 5
5 Mission Hills 17-6 49 4
6 Helix 20-5 43 6
7 Mater Dei 18-4 41 7
8 La Jolla Country Day 17-7 30 9
9 Poway 19-5 11 10
10 Serra 21-3 9 NR

NR–Not rated.

Others receiving votes: Olympian (21-2, 8 points), Orange Glen (15-7, 8), Coronado (24-2, 6), Rancho Bernardo (17-5, 4), Canyon Crest (17-6, 4), La Cota Canyon (17-6, 3, Granite Hills 918-6, 1).

Poll participants include John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune; Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), Terry Monahan, Union-Tribune correspondent),  Bill Dickens, Adam Paul, EastCountySports.com; Rick Willis, KUSI-TV; Rick Smith, partletonsports.com; Bodie DeSilva, sandiegopreps.com; Chris Davis, freelance;  Aaron Burgin, fulltimehoops.com.

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2017: George Taylor, 80, Cavers’ Hoop Standout

Rick : February 6, 2017 12:59 pm : Basketball

No one scored more than 10 points in a game against George Taylor, whose defensive commitment  and offensive playmaking earned the 6-foot San Diego High guard City Prep League player-of-the-year honors in the 1953-54 season.

Taylor taught many years at Los Angeles’ Locke High.

Taylor, who passed in San Diego on Jan. 27 at age 80, was the primary player on the 22-5 team that reached the quarterfinals of CIF Southern Section major playoffs.

Taylor scored 273 points in 27 games, leading the Cavers to a 12-2 league record and an upset, 68-56 victory over favored Alhambra in the playoffs’ first round.

Taylor went on to star in basketball and earn a degree at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. He was an educator for many years in the Los Angeles area and later earned his PHD at Claremont College.

Taylor eventually returned to San Diego and became a board member at the William J. Oakes Boys’ Club in Logan Heights, where Taylor first took up basketball, under the guidance of legendary coach Augie Escamilla.

San Diego coach Merrill Douglas prepped for playoffs with Alfred Hudson and George Taylor (from left).

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2016-17 Week 6: St. Augustine Alone at Top

Rick : February 1, 2017 6:02 pm : Basketball

The speed bump Foothills  Christian hit against Orange Glen last week was followed by a chassis-rattling pothole in a 20-point blowout by Woodland Hills Taft.

The Knights (17-4) need  a front-end alignment.

They vacated their status as the No. 2 team in the Union-Tribune weekly sportswriters- broadcasters poll after losses of 61-60 and 76-56 to the above-mentioned squads and now are looking up at St. Augustine and Torrey Pines.

A greater indignity for Brad Leaf’s team was banishment from the Cal-Hi Sports  state top 20.  Foothills fell from No. 7 to  on-the-bubble status.

It doesn’t  get easier.

The Knights face mighty Oak Hill Prep of Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, Friday night in the Nike Extravaganza at Santa Ana Mater Dei.

Promoters figure the Knights are a warmup for Oak Hill, which, with a victory, will ease into a Saturday night contest with U.S. No. 1 Chino Hills.

After sharing the top spot with Foothills Christian in the U.T.  poll’s first four weeks,  St.  Augustine (19-3)  sits in first place by its ownself.

But, following Western League games with Morse (80-48 victory last night) and  likely pushover Mira Mesa Friday, the Saints then jump into hot water in the Nike Extravaganza Saturday evening.

St. Augustine gets a rematch against the  host Monarchs, who  defeated the Saints, 86-62, in December.

LITTLETON GOES FOR 4K

The Bishop’s Destiny Littleton figures to pass the 4,000-point career scoring mark pretty soon.

Littleton broke Charde Houston’s  record of 3,837 a couple weeks ago and is scoring with the swiftness of a rocket eating up miles in the stratosphere.

Marlin Wells’ Knights are 22-1 and stayed 20th in the Cal-Hi girls’ state top 20 while 20-2 Mission Hills moved from fifth to fourth.

Union-Tribune Boys’ poll through Monday, Jan. 30:

Rank Team Record Points Last Poll
1 St. Augustine 10) 19-3 100 2
2 Torrey Pines 19-3 88 3
3 Foothills Christian 17-4 81 1
4 Mission Hills 16-5 57 4
5 Vista 19-3 56 6
6 Helix 18-5 43 5
7 Mater Dei 17-4 32 7
8 Orange Glen 15-5 26 NR
9 La Jolla Country Day 15-7 25 8
10 Poway 18-4 24 10

NR–Not rated.

Others receiving votes: Coronado (22-2, 6 points), Serra (19-4, 4), Rancho Bernardo (15-5, 4), Canyon Crest (16-5, 2), Olympian (19-2, 2).

Poll participants include John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune; Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), Terry Monahan,  Bill Dickens, Adam Paul, EastCountySports.com; Rick Willis, KUSI-TV; Rick Smith, partletonsports.com; Bodie DeSilva, sandiegopreps.com; Chris Davis, freelance;  Aaron Burgin, fulltimehoops.com.

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