Mater Dei loses to powerhouse Sierra Canyon in Open Division boys basketball final

  • Mater Dei’s Wilhelm Breidenbach is forced to passs by Sierra Canyon’s defense during the CIF-SS Open Division championship game at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach on Friday, February 28, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Devin Askew pushes past Sierra Canyon’s defense and scores two during the CIF-SS Open Division championship game at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach on Friday, February 28, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Mater Dei’s Devin Askew scores two during the CIF-SS Open Division championship game against Sierra Canyon at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach on Friday, February 28, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)



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LONG BEACH — Mater Dei needed to shoot well to beat Sierra Canyon but did not and lost to the Trailblazers 59-48 in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division boys basketball championship game Friday at the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State.

Mater Dei (25-7) was 17 for 47 from the floor, for 36 percent. The Monarchs were 5 for 21 on 3-pointers, for 24 percent.

“Our 3-point shots didn’t fall,” said Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight, “and we needed them to fall to have an opportunity.”

Wilhelm Breidenbach was Mater Dei’s best and most consistent player Friday. Breidenbach, a 6-foot-9 junior, had team highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds with two blocked shots. Junior point guard Devin Askew, who is committed to Kentucky, scored 15 points but also committed six turnovers against Sierra Canyon’s quick, ball-hawking defense.

Ziaire Williams, a 6-8 senior forward, led Sierra Canyon (28-4) with 23 points. Williams, a transfer from Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks who had to sit out the first half of the season because of transfer rules, was 8 for 16 from the floor and made both of his 3-point attempts.

Williams, who has Stanford and USC among his top choices so far, can shoot, jump and handle the ball.

“He can play anywhere,” marveled McKnight.

Senior 6-6 guard BJ Boston, a Kentucky signee, scored 16 points with a team-high nine rebounds for the Trailblazers.

The season continues for both teams next week with the CIF Southern California Regionals. The brackets for the regionals will be released Sunday. All eight Open Division teams automatically qualified for the state tournament.

Mater Dei trailed 46-39 going into the fourth quarter. The Monarchs scored only two points through the first four-and-a-half minutes of the fourth, greatly reducing their chance for a rally.

The first half followed expectations: Sierra Canyon tried to accelerate the pace while Mater Dei leaned on its half-court offense, with plenty of passes, screens and cuts.

Sierra Canyon never trailed in the first half. The Trailblazers scored seven of the game’s first nine points. The Monarchs caught up 13-13 on a 3-pointer by 6-10 junior Harrison Hornery. Boston responded with a 3 and the Trailblazers had a 16-13 lead at quarter’s end.

Williams opened the second quarter with a steal and dunk and did the same moments later to push the Sierra Canyon lead to 27-22. Breidenbach made two deep 3s in the quarter to keep the Monarchs close. Sierra Canyon had a 33-27 lead at halftime.

Mater Dei made 10 of 23 first-half shots, for 44 percent. The Monarchs were not effective on 3-point tries in the first half, going 3 for 11. Take away Breidenbach’s 2-for-3 on 3-points shots and the rest of the team was 1 for 8 behind the arc.

Sierra Canyon was 13 for 28 from the floor in the half, for 46 percent, and was 3 for 5 on 3-pointers. The Trailblazers made only three first-half turnovers to Mater Dei’s six.

Mater Dei lost to Sierra Canyon 83-73 in last year’s CIF Southern California Regionals Open Division championship game. In the 2018 CIF-SS Open Division final, Mater Dei beat Sierra Canyon 55-53 at the Pyramid.

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CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs: Tuesday’s quarterfinals scores, updated schedule

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Scores from Tuesday’s CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs and the updated schedule.


Pool play, Tuesday

Pool A

Sierra Canyon 61, St. Anthony 49

Etiwanda 60, St. John Bosco 38

Pool B

Harvard-Westlake 68, Corona Centennial 57

Mater Dei 76, Rancho Christian 71

Pool play, Friday, 7 p.m.

Pool A

Etiwanda (2-0) vs. Sierra Canyon (2-0) at Calabasas

St. John Bosco (0-2) at St. Anthony (0-2)

Pool B

Rancho Christian (1-1) at Corona Centennial (0-2)

Mater Dei (2-0) at Harvard-Westlake (1-1)


Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Windward 67, Mayfair 65

JSerra 61, Bishop Montgomery 59

Damien 84, Valencia 76

Riverside Poly 77, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 49

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Windward at JSerra

Damien at Riverside Poly


Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Santa Clarita Christian 60, Fairmont Prep 44

Chaminade 73, Capistrano Valley Christian 57

Eastvale Roosevelt 64, Alemany 57

St. Francis 71, Heritage Christian 53

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian at Chaminade

St. Francis at Eastvale Roosevelt


Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Ribet Academy 49, Peninsula 46

Hesperia 54, Lynwood 49

Oxnard 61, Palm Springs 54 (OT)

Quarterfinal, Wednesday

Bonita vs. Pacifica Christian/NB at Vanguard University, 7:30 p.m.

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Ribet Academy vs. TBD

Oxnard at Hesperia


Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Burbank Providence 71, La Serna 37

Hillcrest 65, Hart 58

Salesian 61, Cerritos 54

Keppel 45, Westlake 42

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Burbank Providence at Hillcrest

Keppel at Salesian


Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Price 63, Village Christian 60

Adelanto 49, Santa Monica Pacifica Christian 45

Fountain Valley 61, Yorba Linda 50

Shadow Hills 60, Simi Valley 54

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Adelanto at Price

Fountain Valley at Shadow Hills


Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Renaissance Academy 74, Jurupa Valley 44

Summit 60, Norwalk 58

Aquinas 71, Indian Springs 63

Montclair 59, Oak Hills 43

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Renaissance Academy at Summit

Aquinas at Montclair


Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Oakwood 67, Whittier 52

Yeshiva 62, Buena Park 54

Eastside 54, Lompoc Cabrillo 46

St. Pius X-St. Matthias 60, Loma Linda Academy 46

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Oakwood at Yeshiva

St. Pius X-St. Matthias at Eastside


Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Valley Torah 59, Bassett 57

Arrowhead Christian 93, Victor Valley 84

Vistamar 60, Thacher 57

Bishop Diego 49, Estancia 46

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Valley Torah at Arrowhead Christian

Vistamar at Bishop Diego


Quarterfinals, Tuesday

Banning 57, Linfield Christian 51

Cathedral City 80, Vasquez 66

Sierra Vista 70, Fillmore 30

Trinity Classical 60, Rancho Alamitos 41

Semifinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

Banning at Cathedral City

Sierra Vista at Trinity Classical

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CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs: Friday’s scores, updated schedule

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Scores from Friday’s CIF-SS boys basketball playoff games and the updated schedule.


Pool play, Friday

Pool A

Sierra Canyon 67, St. John Bosco 39

Etiwanda 71, St. Anthony 55 (Thursday)

Pool B

Mater Dei 66, Corona Centennial 58 (OT)

Rancho Christian 67, Harvard-Westlake 62

Pool play, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Pool A

St. Anthony (0-1) at Sierra Canyon (1-0)

St. John Bosco (0-1) at Etiwanda (1-0)

Pool B

Harvard-Westlake (0-1) at Corona Centennial (0-1)

Mater Dei (1-0) at Rancho Christian (1-0)


Second round, Friday

Windward 68, Cypress 59

Mayfair 66, Beverly Hills 65

Bishop Montgomery 58, Pasadena 49

JSerra 94, Anaheim Canyon 60

Damien 80, Brentwood 65

Valencia 78, Crespi 65

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 70, Colony 64

Riverside Poly 81, Long Beach Poly 60

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Windward at Mayfair

JSerra at Bishop Montgomery

Valencia at Damien

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at Riverside Poly


Second round, Friday

Santa Clarita Christian 74, La Habra 53

Fairmont Prep 42, Capistrano Valley 40

Chaminade 70, Los Osos 64

Capistrano Valley Christian 59, Compton 57

Eastvale Roosevelt 71, St. Bernard 58

Alemany 75, Oak Park 72

Heritage Christian 87, Mission Viejo 80

Second round, Saturday, 7 p.m.

San Gabriel Academy at St. Francis

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Fairmont Prep at Santa Clarita Christian

Chaminade at Capistrano Valley Christian

Eastvale Roosevelt at Alemany

Heritage Christian at TBD


Second round, Friday

Ribet Academy 67, La Mirada 46

Peninsula 79, Murrieta Mesa 66

Pacifica Christian/NB 81, Mira Costa 74

Bonita 63, San Marcos 48

Lynwood 70, Sonora 66 (OT)

Hesperia 59, Santa Barbara 58 (2OT)

Palm Springs 59, Los Alamitos 55

Oxnard 103, Crean Lutheran 79

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Peninsula at Ribet Academy

Bonita at Pacifica Christian/NB

Hesperia at Lynwood

Oxnard at Palm Springs


Second round, Friday

Burbank Providence 66, Portola 53

La Serna 48, Bishop Amat 45

Hillcrest 50, Newbury Park 38

Hart 65, Laguna Beach 56

Salesian 55, Glendale 49 (OT)

Cerritos 74, La Salle 49

Keppel 55, Orange Vista 51

Second round, Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

Shalhevet at Westlake

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

La Serna at Burbank Providence

Hillcrest at Hart

Cerritos at Salesian

TBD at Keppel


Second round, Friday

Village Christian 71, Pioneer 60

Price 75, Eisenhower 58

Adelanto 64, St. Bonaventure 47

Santa Monica Pacifica Christian 65, Cerritos Valley Christian 62

Fountain Valley 69, Temple City 55

Yorba Linda 58, Heritage 45

Simi Valley 65, Valley View 58

Shadow Hills 85, Ontario Christian 37

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Price at Village Christian

Adelanto at Santa Monica Pacifica Christian

Fountain Valley at Yorba Linda

Shadow Hills at Simi Valley


Second round, Friday

Renaissance Academy 64, Pomona 40

Jurupa Valley 60, Pasadena Poly 57

Summit 79, Xavier Prep 68 (2OT)

Norwalk 53, Flintridge Prep 47

Aquinas 56. La Quinta 35

Indian Springs 60, Perris 54

Montclair 76, Bloomington 37

Oak Hills 53, Sage Hill 39

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Renaissance Academy at Jurupa Valley

Summit at Norwalk

Indian Springs at Aquinas

Oak Hills at Montclair


Second round, Friday

Oakwood 70, La Palma Kennedy 49

Whittier 61, South Pasadena 35

Buena Park 76, Don Lugo 50

Lompoc Cabrillo 51, Beacon Hill 31

Eastside 67, South El Monte 62

St. Pius X-St. Matthias 70, Waverly 50

Second round, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Lancaster at Loma Linda Academy

Second round, Monday, 4 p.m.

Yeshiva at Jurupa Hills

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Whittier at Oakwood

TBD at Buena Park

Lompoc Cabrillo at Eastside


Second round, Friday

Valley Torah 65, Riverside Bethel Christian 37 (Thursday)

Bassett 68, New Roads 51

Arrowhead Christian 54, Santa Ana 39

Victor Valley 102, Workman 68

Vistamar 59, Carpinteria 48

Thacher 76, Bloomington Christian 49

Estancia 60, Excelsior 39

Second round, Saturday, 8 p.m.

Bishop Diego at de Toledo

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Valley Torah at Bassett

Victor Valley at Arrowhead Christian

Thacher at Vistamar

Estancia at TBD


Second round, Friday

Linfield Christian 73, Redlands Adventist 37

Banning 76, Pasadena Marshall 62

Vasquez 54, Los Amigos 50

Cathedral City 83, University Prep 63

Fillmore 46, Brethren Christian 43

Sierra Vista 69, Ambassador 40

Rancho Alamitos 61, Nordhoff 56 (OT)

Trinity Classical 83, Lake Arrowhead Christian 44

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Linfield Christian at Banning

Cathedral City at Vasquez

Fillmore at Sierra Vista

Rancho Alamitos at Trinity Classical

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Previews of Orange County’s top boys basketball playoff games Wednesday, Feb. 12

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Previews of the top boys basketball playoff games on Wednesday, Feb. 12.


NO. 12 ORANGE LUTHERAN (13-13) VS. NO. 19 CYPRESS (23-5)

Where, when: Cypress, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Orange Lutheran is on a 10-game losing streak and finished last in the Trinity League, but the Lancers still found their way into the Division 1 playoffs. Cypress has won 15 consecutive games and cruised to its third consecutive Empire League championship.

Cypress is led by two very athletic seniors: Eddie Spencer and Elijah Vaielua. Spencer leads the team in points per game (17.0) and Vaielua is averaging a double-double with 11 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Junior Christian Chai is averaging 12.3 points per game and shooting 39 percent from 3-point range.

Orange Lutheran is led by 6-foot-7 forward Tibet Goerner, who has offers from Nebraska and UC Santa Barbara and has drawn recruiting interest from Creighton.

The Lancers beat Cypress 71-58 in the Coyote Classic tournament on Dec. 7. Goerner had 27 points in that game and Eric Goodrich had 23 for the Lancers.

Cypress is the hotter team and has a unique home-court advantage, but Goerner is the biggest and best player Cypress will have seen in months.

NO. 23 TRABUCO HILLS (15-13) VS. NO. 6 CANYON (19-9)

Where, when: Canyon, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Canyon is making its case that it should be considered the best public school team in Orange County this year. The Comanches had two starters missing but managed to beat Villa Park last week to win the outright Crestview League championship.

Canyon is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the county with Jake Martin leading the county in 3-pointers made (97) and Nathan Williams also landing in the top 10 in the county in that category.

Trabuco Hills finished in last place in the South Coast League, which isn’t shameful considering it is probably the second best and deepest league in the county. The Mustangs beat San Clemente in overtime in their regular-season finale. Joey Longo had a game-high 16 points for the Mustangs. Aryan Talle is also a threat to have a big scoring game each night for Trabuco Hills.

Canyon is the favorite in this game, but Trabuco Hills is battle-tested and won’t be intimidated by the Comanches. The Mustangs have gone head-to-head with top teams like Capistrano Valley and Mission Viejo four times this season. The Comanches play excellent defense and Trabuco will need big shooting games from Longo and Talle in order to stay competitive.


NO. 18 LA HABRA (19-9) VS. NO. 17 TESORO (21-4)

Where, when: Tesoro, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Tesoro has regained its identity after suffering a shocking loss to Dana Hills on Jan. 24. The Titans were shorthanded that game, playing without Kaden Garrett and a flu-ridden Matt DeAngelo. Since then, Tesoro has dominated El Toro and Laguna Hills and got a 10-point victory over second-place San Juan Hills.

DeAngelo is one of the best scorers in Orange County and is the kind of player who can score 20 points in a half. Senior Mike Mahlen emerged as an excellent scorer during the second half of league play. He scored 41 points in a win against El Toro on Jan. 29.

La Habra was in the Freeway League title race all season but didn’t fare well against Sonora in its season finale, losing 64-38. Dominic Pritchett had 14 points in that game for the Highlanders and has been the leader on both sides of the floor for Coach Aaron Riekenberg this season. Dylan Damico and Erik Howlin are effective scorers for La Habra and will need to do their part for La Habra to keep up with Tesoro’s shooters.

La Habra hasn’t fared well against other top teams in the county this season, losing two blowouts to Canyon, a blowout loss to JSerra and a 37-point loss to Capo Valley. Tesoro isn’t as good as those three teams, but it is far better than the Freeway League teams La Habra beat this season.

NO. 14 EDISON (17-11) VS. NO. 4 FAIRMONT PREP (19-8) 

Where, when: Fairmont Prep, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Edison played a very difficult nonleague schedule and that successfully prepared the Chargers for league play. The Chargers are the co-champions, with Newport Harbor, of the Surf League for the second consecutive season. Edison played Mater Dei, Los Osos and Mission Viejo in tournaments this season and took its lumps.

Trey Wilborn, Connor Collins and Jackie Kwok are all capable of 20-point scoring games for Edison. Luke Serven and Bradley Luna are athletic and Rich Boyce-coached teams are always excellent defensively.

Fairmont Prep is the best team Edison has seen since playing Mater Dei in November. Atin Wright is near the top of the county leaderboard in points per game this season (22.8). Chol Deng and Cory Johnson also average in double figures in points per game and Pape Sisse is a three-year starter with playoff experience. Sophomore Lamine Niang is averaging 2.4 blocks per game for the Huskies.

Edison didn’t have to deal with a team with Fairmont Prep’s length in league play. The Chargers will have to play excellent defense and shoot well from 3-point range to stay competitive in this game.


DANA HILLS (18-8) VS. PORTOLA (17-11)

Where, when: Portola, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Portola won its first basketball league championship in school history this season and will try to win its first home playoff game Wednesday. The Bulldogs are led by seniors Mohsen Hashemi, Omar Habibeh and Robert Giraldy. Portola has won nine straight games since losing its Pacific Coast League opener to Beckman.

Dana Hills loss to San Juan Hills on a buzzer beater in its season finale which pushed the Dolphins to a third-place finish in the Sea View League. Harrison Wiese, a 6-foot-7 senior, is the Dolphins’ best player and he is the biggest player Portola has seen since before league play. Miles Ettinger, Grayson Holtby and Chris Na are multiple-year starters who have played in big games for the Dolphins.

Last season, Dana Hills won two playoff games and made it to the Division 4AA quarterfinals, where it lost to Pacifica Christian. Portola beat Santiago of Garden Grove in the first round of the Division 4AA playoffs before losing to Moorpark in round two.

Portola went 1-5 this season against teams from the South Coast and Sea View leagues. But those losses came at the hands of Trabuco Hills, San Clemente and Tesoro, which are better teams than Dana Hills.

EL DORADO (18-10) VS. MARK KEPPEL (23-5)

Where, when: Mark Keppel, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: El Dorado enters the playoffs on a hot streak after knocking off North Hills League champion Yorba Linda. The win propelled El Dorado past Brea Olinda for second place in the league standings.

John Bakke leads the Golden Hawks with 18 points and 9 rebounds per game. Jake Duthoy also averages double figures in points per game (13.6).

Keppel is the co-champs, with Schurr, of the Almont League and is in the playoffs as the second-place team from the league. Laird Anderson and Michael Granados are capable of putting up big scoring numbers for the Aztecs. Center Diego Bustillo is an effective rebounder for Keppel and the matchup between him and Bakke is one to watch.

El Dorado is the underdog in this game, but Bakke’s scoring ability gives the Golden Hawks a chance.


KENNEDY (14-11) VS. SAVANNA (8-18)

Where, when: Savanna, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Savanna is the only team in Orange County to go winless in nonleague play and still make the playoffs. The Rebels went 8-2 in Orange League play to finish behind league champion Century.

The Rebels are led by seniors Tyler Rude and Michael Schoffstall, who both average over 10 points per game. Football standout Shamonte Rogers is averaging over 10 rebounds per game.

Kennedy finished last in the Empire League but closed the regular season on a positive note with an upset win over Tustin. Aidan Kosaka and Isaac Monney are the senior leaders for the Fighting Irish, who are the heavy favorites in this game.

Savanna has a chance in this game because winning gives a team confidence and the Rebels have won more lately, even if it is against weaker Orange League competition. Rogers will also be the best athlete on the court, which will at least give Kennedy something to worry about.

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Edison basketball enjoys a rare road victory against rival Los Alamitos

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LOS ALAMITOS — For a visiting team to come into the Los Alamitos High School gym and leave with a victory, a near-perfect effort is required.

A near-perfect effort is exactly what Edison boys basketball coach Rich Boyce got from his Chargers, who came away with a 67-58 victory over the Griffins on Friday.

The contest was the Surf League opener for both teams.

The Chargers (14-9, 1-0) hit nine 3-pointers, passed well, were 11 of 16 from the free throw line and limited the opportunities for the Griffins’ top scorers.

“I’ve been a coach at Edison nearly 20 years,” Boyce said, “and I can probably count on one hand without the thumb how many times I’ve won here. It’s a tough place to play. The fans are fantastic and Eddie (Courtemarche) is an unbelievable coach. It’s a good win for our program.”

The first half was competitive, with each team stealing the momentum back from the other.

The Griffins were ahead 13-8 late in the first quarter, when the Chargers went on a 14-2 run that extended into the second quarter.

In the middle of that run, Edison’s Trey Wilborn hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from close to half-court to end the first quarter.

Kevin Kent’s steal and layup kicked off an 8-0 run for the Griffins (14-8, 0-1), who had a 23-22 lead before Edison closed out the half on a 6-2 run.

In the third quarter, 3-pointers from Connor Collins and Luke Serven on consecutive possessions gave the Chargers a 36-27 lead.

The Griffins never got closer than three points the rest of the game and trailed by double digits for most of the fourth quarter.

“They just kicked our rear ends up and down,” said Courtemarche, Los Alamitos’ coach. “Anytime we got a little daylight, we ended up beating ourselves and then they beat us to everything. The little plays … the hustle … They were more confident and aggressive. We didn’t play with a whole lot of passion for a rivalry game.”

The Griffins-Chargers rivalry reached a new level of intensity last season when the teams played three league games against each other. The final game was a tiebreaker to determine first place going into the playoffs.

The Chargers lost the first two contests but won the tiebreaker to capture the Surf League title.

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Mission Viejo basketball to play Tesoro in Tustin Classic semifinals

Mission Viejo advanced to the Tustin Classic boys basketball tournament semifinals with another dominating win.

The Diablos (14-2) beat Murrieta Valley 83-66 in a quarterfinals game Friday at Tustin High. Senior guard Jake Conerty led Mission Viejo with 16 points. Nathan Hewitt added 13 points for the Diablos who are No. 8 in the Orange County top 25.

Mission Viejo beat Long Beach Jordan 64-37 on Thursday, the first day of the 16-team tournament.

The Diablos play No. 12 Tesoro (12-2) in a semifinal Saturday at 6 p.m. at Tustin High.

After taking Sunday off, the tournament resumes Monday with the championship game at 7:30 p.m.

There are several local tournaments that will play their championship game on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

All Orange Holiday Classic games Monday are at Canyon High. The gym at Orange High, host school for the tournament, sometimes leaks when it rains, and rain is forecast for Monday.

Saturday’s Orange Holiday Classic games are at Orange.

Also in the Tustin Classic on Friday:

No. 12 Tesoro 61, Long Beach Millikan 48: Matt DeAngelo scored 29 points with five 3-pointers for the Titans. Tesoro defeated California of San Ramon 77-49 in the first round Thursday.

Tustin 42, No. 24 Trabuco Hills 35: The Tillers (13-3) advanced to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal. They had four players score in double figures led by Bradley Burdick’s 13 points.

In the Orange Holiday Classic:

No. 15 La Habra 63, San Ramon Valley 58: Erik Howlin scored 22 points and Dominic Pritchett added 20 points for the Highlanders (9-6) who play Marina in the semifinals Saturday at Orange High at 7:30 p.m.

In the Les Schwab Invitational:

No. 1 Mater Dei 70, Central Catholic (Ore.) 57: Harrison Hornery scored 20 points for the Monarchs (10-2) in the Oregon tournament.

In the Rancho Mirage Invitational:

No. 3 Capistrano Valley 53, Lake Washington (Wash.) 42: Langston Redfield scored 12 points with eight rebounds and Zach Roberts contributed 11 points and nine rebounds for the Cougars (13-1)

No. 4 Fairmont Prep 68, Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista 66 (OT): Atin Wright led the Huskies (10-2) with 31 points.

In the St. Francis Holiday Classic:

No. 7 Villa Park 54, Palo Alto 52: The Spartans (13-2) advanced to the semifinals of the tournament in Mountain View.

In the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic:

No. 2 JSerra 67, St. Augustine 63: Justin Williams’ 21 points paced the Lions (12-2). Williams was 11 for 13 at the free-throw line. Ian Martinez contributed 17 points for JSerra.

In the Ventura Kiwanis Tournament:

No. 9 Servite 52, Rio Mesa of Oxnard 32: Kunal Bagga and Tajavis Miller scored 16 points each for the Friars (11-2).

Saturday’s schedule (this will be updated; changes are possible):

Century Elks Classic at Century High: Newport Harbor vs. La Salle-Westminster winner, noon; Brea vs. Segerstrom, 3 p.m.; Championship semifinal, Century vs. Peninsula, 6 p.m.; Sunny Hills vs. Edison, 7:30 p.m. (note: the 12-team tournament has an eight-team bracket and another four teams in pool play)

Estancia Coast Classic at Estancia High (pool play): Los Amigos vs. Savanna, 9 a.m.; Costa Mesa vs. El Modena, 10:30 a.m.; Laguna Hills vs. La Quinta, noon; Pacifica vs. Santa Ana, 1:30 p.m.; Rubidoux vs. Godinez, 3 p.m.; Katella vs. El Rancho, 4:30 p.m.; Santa Ana Valley vs. Bolsa Grande, 6 p.m.; Estancia vs. Arrowhead Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Orange Holiday Classic at Orange High: Consolation semifinal, Foothill vs. Auburn (Wash.), 1:30 p.m.; Championship semifinal, Marina vs. La Habra, 7:30 p.m.

Tustin Classic at Tustin High: Santiago vs. Cal of San Ramon, 9 a.m.; Woodbridge vs. Esperanza, 10:30 a.m.; Murrieta Valley vs. Long Beach Millikan, noon; Consolation semifinal, Long Beach Wilson vs. Portola, 3 p.m.; Consolation semifinal, Long Beach Jordan vs. Northwood, 4:30 p.m.; Championship semifinal, Mission Viejo vs. Tesoro, 6 p.m.; Championship semifinal, Cajon-Squalicum winner vs. Tustin, 7:30 p.m.


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Corona del Mar basketball holds off San Clemente in North/South Challenge

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RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA — The Corona del Mar boys basketball team held off a late rally by San Clemente to beat the Tritons 61-59 Friday in the North/South Challenge at Tesoro High.

The Sea Kings led by seven points with just two minutes remaining, but the Tritons cut the lead to one and had the opportunity to run an out-of-bounds play with 4.8 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, San Clemente inbounded the ball and missed a contested shot. Vanis Buckholz rebounded the ball and made a subsequent free throw to seal the victory.

“They still got a good look, but it was a tough, contested shot and we didn’t want to foul,” Corona del Mar coach Ryan Schachter said. “We communicated well and made sure the switch was there so we didn’t give up anything easy.”

San Clemente (8-5) switched to a box-and-one zone defense in the fourth quarter and it made it difficult for the Sea Kings to get good shots. Corona del Mar’s leading scorer, Jack Stone, had 19 points but was held to just one field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Tritons got back into the game because of their defense and missed free throws by the Sea Kings. Corona del Mar (8-3) made just 16 of 29 free throws for a 55 percent clip.

“We have a couple of things we have been working on because we knew teams would try that defense with Jack,” Schachter said. “We got some decent looks out of it but we didn’t convert and missed some free throws down the stretch. We have some little things to work on.”

Corona del Mar played some physical defense of its own Friday. The Sea Kings allowed just nine field goals in the second half. Mathys Djomby had 10 points and five rebounds and was named player of the game due to his defensive efforts.

“Mathys is quick and he’s long and that’s his role,” Schachter said. “He disrupted things and played his best game of the year.”

Max Rumph had a game-high 22 points for San Clemente. The senior scored 10 points in the first and third quarters. Berk Harris had 11 points for the Tritons and Ryan Goddard had six points and 10 rebounds.

Corona del Mar has won its last three games and will play in the Cactus Tournament in Phoenix beginning on Thursday, Dec. 26. The Sea Kings open the tournament against Kellis of Glendale, Ariz.

San Clemente will play in the Riverton Tournament in Utah on Thursday, Dec. 26.

Also in the North/South Challenge: 

Aliso Niguel 62, Woodbridge 41: Aliso Niguel cruised to a win over Woodbridge in the first game of the two-day event.

The Wolverines were led by sophomore Tyler Weaver, who scored 19 points. Trent Giffin scored 15 points and was named player of the game.

Jack Nadon of Aliso scored 12 points and Nygle Williams had a team-high 12 points for Woodbridge.

Aliso Niguel (8-5), which has already matched its win total from last season, will begin play in the Torrey Pines Tournament on Thursday.

Woodbridge (1-11) won its previous game against Esperanza and will play in the Tustin Holiday Classic Thursday against Cajon.

Cypress 64, San Juan Hills 57: Cypress erased an eight-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to beat San Juan Hills. The Centurions outscored the Stallions 26-11 in the fourth quarter.

Eddie Spencer had a game-high 23 points for Cypress and football standout Elijah Vaielua added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Christian Choi scored 12 points for Cypress.

Adam Weingard led San Juan Hills with 19 points and Mark Reichner added 11.

Cypress (7-4) will open the Torrey Pines Tournament against Rancho Buena Vista on Thursday.


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Mater Dei basketball dominates No. 4 Pacifica Christian in Beach Bash final

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NEWPORT BEACH — Mater Dei cruised to a 90-38 win Saturday over Pacifica Christian in the championship game of the Beach Bash boys basketball tournament at Corona del Mar High.

The Monarchs (6-0), ranked No. 1 in Orange County, averaged nearly 90 points per game in the tournament and have an average margin of victory of 49 points this season.

Mater Dei shot 58 percent from the field Saturday and 48 percent from 3-point range against the Tritons (9-2), who are No. 4 in the O.C. Top 25.

The Monarchs have six players who average double figures in scoring and they are all capable of putting up big scoring numbers.

Saturday was Harrison Hornery’s turn to lead the offense. The 6-foot-10 junior scored a game-high 21 points in just 20 minutes and shot 75 percent from the field.

“Last night I don’t think he got a shot in the first quarter,” Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight said. “It just depends on who gets the ball. They all can score, but some nights the ball comes your way more.”

Kentucky commit Devin Askew flirted with a triple-double, tallying 12 points, nine assists and nine rebounds. Wilhelm Breidenbach had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Askew and Breidenbach were named co-MVPs of the tournament.

Aidan Prukop and Nick Davidson each had 14 points for the Monarchs. Prukop grabbed eight rebounds and Davidson added seven.

The Monarchs’ defense was outstanding as well. They forced Pacifica Christian to shoot just 21 percent from the field and outrebounded the Tritons 51-17.

“We prepared really well for them and everybody was on the same page,” McKnight said. “We contested every shot. Not just the bigs with our length, but our guards made them work for every shot they got.”

Pacifica Christian’s duo of big men, Josh Sims and Judah Brown, were held to just four combined points and three combined rebounds. Riyaan Jiwani led the Tritons with 15 points and Segerstrom transfer Charles Erving added 12.

Mater Dei will travel to Las Vegas next week to play in the Tarkanian Classic, where they will open the tournament against Putnam City West of Oklahoma City. Pacifica Christian next plays Bakersfield Christian on Friday.

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Mater Dei basketball storms past Edison in semifinals of Beach Bash tournament

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NEWPORT BEACH — Mater Dei used its length and ball movement to overpower Edison 82-36 on Friday in the semifinals of the Beach Bash boys basketball tournament at Corona del Mar High.

The top-ranked Monarchs outrebounded No. 17 Edison 26-16 and had assists on 20 of their 33 field goals. Kentucky commit Devin Askew led the ball movement for Mater Dei, as he tallied nine assists.

“We’ve been sharing the ball,” Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight said. “We have six guys averaging double-figures scoring and they all share the ball. A lot of the guys could probably score a lot more, but they move the ball well.”

Many of Askew’s assists were to 6-foot-9 junior Wilhelm Breidenbach, who had a team-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds for led Mater Dei (5-0).

“They are dynamite,” McKnight said of the two players. “That’s why one is probably going to Stanford and one is going to Kentucky. They play really well together.”

Mater Dei will play No. 5 Pacifica Christian in the championship game of the tournament Saturday at Corona del Mar High.

Edison (6-3) only trailed 13-8 at the end of the first quarter, but the Monarchs went on a 17-2 run to open the second quarter and take a 20-point lead. Breidenbach had six points during the run and Ryan Evans made two 3-pointers. Mater Dei outscored Edison 23-7 in the quarter.

Mater Dei’s length made it difficult for Edison to get clean looks at the basket. The shortest Mater Dei starter is 6-4 and the Monarchs play three players who are over 6-8.

Despite the Monarchs’ length, Edison forward Connor Collins had a game-high 18 points and made six 3-pointers. The Chargers made 9 3-pointers as a team and had assists on 10 of their 12 made shots.

“They shoot the ball real well,” McKnight said of Edison. “Our length probably bothered them a lot because they had to shoot over tall bodies. They beat a good Santa Barbara team the other night and look good. Rich (Boyce) does a good job coaching them.”

Aidan Prukop and Evans scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Logan Cremonesi led the Monarchs with eight rebounds.

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Summer basketball: This week’s schedule (July 15-21)

The schedule for boys basketball summer leagues and tournaments in Orange County this week, July 15-21.

Varsity games only.


At Hope International University

Tuesday, July 16

Court A — Esperanza vs. Sonora, 7 p.m.

Court B — Beckman vs. Brea Olinda, 7 p.m.


All games at Valencia High

Monday, July 15

Aztecs vs. Pioneers, 3 p.m.; Heralds vs. S. Warriors, 4:10 p.m.; Tigers vs. Indians, 5:20 p.m.; Raiders vs. T. Warriors, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17

Pioneers vs. S. Warriors, 3 p.m.; Tigers B vs. Heralds, 4:10 p.m.; Tigers A vs. Aztecs, 5:20 p.m.; Indians vs. T. Warriors, 6:30 p.m.


Games at Bolsa Grande High Gym 1 unless noted.

Tuesday, July 16

Katella vs. Pacifica, 1 p.m.; Rancho Alamitos vs. Santiago, 2:10 p.m.; Magnolia vs. Buena Park, 3:20 p.m.; El Modena vs. Garden Grove, 4:30 p.m.; Bolsa Grande vs. La Quinta, 5:40 p.m.; Artesia vs. Calvary, 5:40 p.m. (Gym 2).

Thursday, July 18

Rancho Alamitos vs. Pacifica, 1 p.m.; Magnolia vs. Calvary, 2:10 p.m.; El Modena vs. Artesia, 3:20 p.m.; Buena Park vs. Garden Grove, 4:30 p.m.


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