Boys basketball playoffs: Cypress crushes Orange Lutheran; Canyon, Fountain Valley and Capistrano Valley Christian earn big wins


Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now


A roundup of the Orange County boys basketball playoff highlights on Wednesday:

Cypress earned a bit of redemption and advanced in the CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs Wednesday with a 61-48 victory over Orange Lutheran in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs at Cypress High.

The Centurions lost to Orange Lutheran in the championship game of the Coyote Classic tournament on Dec. 7.

Eddie Spencer paced Cypress (24-5) with 21 points and made three 3-pointers. Elijah Vaielua had 12 points, 13 rebounds and three steals.

Sophomore guard Kody Papke had 11 points and a game-high five steals.

The Lancers (13-14) finished the season with an 11-game losing streak.

Cypress, which went undefeated in the Empire League for the third consecutive year, will play at Windward of Los Angeles in the second round Friday.

In other games Wednesday:

Division 1

Canyon 61, Trabuco Hills 48: Canyon got contributions from its role players in the win over Trabuco Hills.

Junior forward Jake Stryker led the Comaches with 15 points, the first time this season that Stryker had a team-high in points. Joey Sparacino had 13 points for Canyon (20-9) and Nathan Williams added 13.

Aryan Talle led Trabuco Hills (15-13) with 16 points and Joey Longo added 16 points and five rebounds. The Mustangs trailed by 18 points in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to four with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

Canyon will play at JSerra, the No. 4 seed, in the second round Friday.

Division 2A

Pacifica Christian 76, El Toro 47: Pacifica Christian routed El Toro in the first round of the Division 2A playoffs at Pacifica Christian High.

The Tritons reached the semifinals in the Division 4AA playoffs last season.

Houston Mallette scored 16 points for Pacifica Christian (21-7). Riyaan Jiwani and Judah Brown each scored 15 points. Brown also had 10 rebounds. Charles Erving added 14 points.

Pacifica Christian will play at Mira Costa in the second round Friday. Mira Costa beat San Clemente 49-42 in the first round.

Crean Lutheran 66, Diamond Bar 53: Crean Lutheran defended its home court in a win against Diamond Bar.

Josh Shin and Michael Birket each scored 16 points for Crean Lutheran (17-10).

The Saints finished in second place in the Empire League and were awarded a home game against Diamond Bar, a second-place team from the Mt. Baldy League.

Crean Lutheran will play at No. 2 seed Oxnard in the second round Friday.

DIVISION 2AA

Mission Viejo 79, Great Oak 58: Griff Higgins’ 25-point performance led Mission Viejo to a blowout win over Great Oak of Temecula at Great Oak High.

Junior Presley Eldridge had 17 points for the Diablos and Jake Conerty added 15.

Mission Viejo (24-5) will host Heritage Christian on Friday in the second round. Heritage Christian was the co-champion of the Olympic League.

Capistrano Valley 74, Walnut 37: Capistrano Valley dominated Walnut in a first-round game at Capistrano Valley High.

Conner Gleason had a game-high 18 points for Capo Valley. Spencer Egbert had 16 points and Langston Redfield had 13 points and 18 rebounds. Brody Sumner scored 10 points.

Capo Valley will play at Fairmont Prep on Friday in the second round. The Cougars are ranked No. 3 in Orange County and Fairmont Prep is ranked No. 4.

Capistrano Valley Christian 41, Rolling Hills Prep 40 (OT): Capistrano Valley Christian had one of the biggest upsets in the first round by edging Rolling Hills Prep in overtime at Harbor College.

Capistrano Valley Christian (15-15) won a tiebreaker against Saddleback Valley Christian last week to earn third place in the San Joaquin League and receive an automatic playoff spot. Rolling Hills Prep won the Coastal League and is ranked in the top 50 in the state.

Adam Garza had a team-high 11 points. Bence Duka and Luke Powell each scored 10 points for the Eagles. Duka had a team-high six rebounds and a block.

Capistrano Valley Christian will play at Compton in the second round Friday.

Division 3A

Fountain Valley 75, Westminster 59: Preston Amarillo had a game-high 23 points and seven assists for Fountain Valley (17-8) in a win over visiting Westminster.

It is the first playoff win for the Barons since 2011.

Jermiah Davis had 16 points for the Barons, and Roddie Anderson added 11.

Matthew Brookins paced Westminster (12-17) with 23 points and Isaiah Banks had 16. Westminster finished in second place in the Golden West League.

Fountain Valley will host Temple City in the second round Friday.

Division 3AA

Laguna Beach 64, Ocean View 46: Laguna Beach senior Nolan Naess had 29 points in a dominant win over Ocean View at Laguna Beach High.

Chase Hall had nine points for Laguna Beach (21-7). Willie Rounaghi and Brooks Hogenauer each scored eight points for the Breakers.

Laguna Beach will play at Hart of Newhall on Friday.

Division 5A

Rancho Alamitos 63, Academy of Careers and Exploration 36: Colby Illingworth had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Rancho Alamitos in a blowout win over the Academy of Careers and Exploration.

Dennis Castaneto had 12 points and seven rebounds for Rancho Alamitos (14-12).

The Vaqueros will be at home against Nordhoff on Friday.

Los Amigos 58, Calvary Chapel 50: Garden Grove League champion Los Amigos beat Calvary Chapel at Los Amigos High.

Ata Khalil and Brian Pacheco each had 14 points for the Lobos. Junior guard Marco Vasquez contributed 10 points.

Los Amigos (19-8) will play at Vasquez of Acton on Friday in the second round.

Read more about Boys basketball playoffs: Cypress crushes Orange Lutheran; Canyon, Fountain Valley and Capistrano Valley Christian earn big wins This post was shared via Orange County Register’s RSS Feed

Powered by WPeMatico

Thursday’s basketball highlights: San Juan Hills wins crucial game on buzzer beater; El Dorado knocks off Yorba Linda


Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now


A roundup of the Orange County boys basketball highlights on Thursday:

Jacksyn Foti made a buzzer beater to give San Juan Hills a 41-39 win over Dana Hills on Thursday that made the Stallions automatic qualifiers for the CIF-SS Division 3AA playoffs.

San Juan Hills (11-17, 5-3) needed to win to force a tie with Dana Hills for second place in the Sea View League standings. As a second-place team, the Stallions receive an automatic berth in the playoffs, which begin next week.

@sjhhsbasketball defeats Dana Hills 41-39 with a buzzer beater by Jacksyn Foti. Stallions finish 2nd in SeaView League play. CIF playoffs next week. @ocvarsity @SouthOCsports @FrithRobert @sjhhsathletics @OCSportsZone @ZachCav @sjhstampede @SteveFryer pic.twitter.com/0m03CV0kte

— SJHHS BASKETBALL (@sjhhsbasketball) February 7, 2020

Grant Alarid had a team-high 11 points for San Juan Hills.

Dana Hills (18-8, 5-3), ranked No. 23 in Orange County, qualified for the Division 3AA playoffs.

In other games Thursday:

El Dorado 61, Yorba Linda 58: El Dorado upset North Hills League champion Yorba Linda in the regular-season finale at Yorba Linda High.

The Golden Hawks (17-10, 3-2) moved into second place in league and automatically qualify for the Division 3AA playoffs. If El Dorado had lost, it would have tied with Brea Olinda for second place.

Jacob Kang made two free throws for El Dorado with 20 seconds left to put the Golden Hawks ahead 59-58.

John Bakke had a game-high 25 points for El Dorado and Dane Kiefer added 13.

No. 10 Mission Viejo 55, No. 3 Capistrano Valley 53: Matt Daniel made a game-winning shot with four seconds remaining to give Mission Viejo an upset victory over Capo Valley in the South Coast League finale.

The loss was the only one in league for Capo Valley (25-3, 7-1), which will enter the Division 2AA playoffs as the league champion.

Mission Viejo (23-5, 5-3) suffered an upset loss to Aliso Niguel on Tuesday but bounced back against Capo. The Diablos gave the Cougars their toughest test earlier in the season, a 41-40 win by Capo Valley on Jan. 8.

Nathan Hewitt had a team-high 19 points for the Diablos. Presley Eldridge and Griff Higgins had 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Mission Viejo will represent the South Coast League as its second place team in the Division 2AA playoffs.

Crean Lutheran 69, Pacifica 60: Crean Lutheran clinched second place in the Empire League by beating Pacifica in the regular-season finale at Pacifica High.

Entering Thursday, if Crean Lutheran lost and Tustin beat Kennedy, the Saints would have tied Tustin for second place.

Michael Birket paced Crean Lutheran (16-10, 7-3) with 15 points. Freshman Ben Abate had 14 points and 6-foot-11 sophomore James Agany added 13 points and eight blocks.

Tyler Fabisiak led Pacifica (14-14, 2-8) with 28 points in the last game of his high school career.

No. 17 Tesoro 58, Laguna Hills 26: Tesoro dominated Laguna Hills to win the outright Sea View League championship for the second consecutive season.

The Titans built a 22-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Matt DeAngelo scored 18 of the 22 points in the first quarter and finished the game with 33 points and seven 3-pointers. Mike Mahlen and Chase Smaker each added seven points for Tesoro (21-4, 7-1).

The Titans will be the No. 1 seed from the Sea View League in the Division 2AA playoffs.

SEA VIEW CHAMPS! 🏀 21-4 (7-1) for 2nd straight year w/ 58-26 win @ Laguna Hills. Titans jumped out to a 22-0 lead after 1Q, led 33-8 @ half, & cruised from there using a full lineup. DeAngelo 33 pts on (7) 3’s & 7 reb, Mahlen 7 pts & 4 ast, & Smaker 7 pts for Titans pic.twitter.com/EL0nYE3LYc

— Tesoro Basketball (@Tesoro_Hoops) February 7, 2020

No. 25 Trabuco Hills 55, No. 22 San Clemente 52 (OT): Trabuco Hills upset San Clemente in overtime in a South Coast League game at Trabuco Hills High.

Trabuco Hills (15-12, 2-6) finished last in the South Coast League and is unlikely to receive an at-large spot in the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.

Joey Longo led the Mustangs with 16 points and had three steals. Carson Haskell added nine points.

San Clemente (16-12, 3-5) lost its last four league games after a strong 3-1 start. It finished league tied with Aliso Niguel for third place. The Tritons will hope to make the Division 2A playoffs as an at-large team.

No. 1 Mater Dei 64, No. 2 JSerra 51: Wilhelm Breidenbach had a strong performance to lead Mater Dei to a win over JSerra that gave the Monarchs the outright Trinity League championship.

Breidenbach, a 6-foot-9 junior, had a game-high 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Aidan Prukop had 11 points and Harrison Hornery had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Mater Dei (22-6, 9-1) will likely be Orange County’s lone representative in the Open Division playoffs.

JSerra (21-7, 6-4) finished third in the Trinity League and will likely be in the Division 1 playoffs. Max Bowman led the Lions with 19 points.

No. 9 Servite 76, No. 12 Orange Lutheran 72 (OT): Servite outlasted Orange Lutheran in overtime to secure fourth place in the Trinity League.

Servite (17-11, 3-7) will try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016 as an at-large team. The Friars would play in Division 3AA if they are granted a playoff bid.

Tajavis Miller had a team-high 26 points for the Friats and Kunal Bagga added 21.

Orange Lutheran (13-13, 1-9) ended the regular season with a 10-game losing streak and finished last in the Trinity League.

Northwood 71, Beckman 69 (OT): Shandon Sharifi made a game-winning shot with 5.5 seconds remaining in overtime to give Northwood an upset win over Beckman to move into third place in the Pacific Coast League.

Northwood (11-17, 6-4) would have tied University for third place if it had lost.

Sharifi had a game-high 28 points and made five 3-pointers. Amit Flint had 16 points and Trent Harper added 13.

Beckman (15-13, 7-3) finished the regular season in second place in the PCL and qualified for the Division 2AA playoffs. Freshman David Manea had 22 points for the Patriots.

No. 4 Fairmont Prep 69, Capistrano Valley Christian 48: Atin Wright had 31 points to propel Fairmont Prep to a dominant win over Capo Valley Christian and make the Huskies the co-San Joaquin League champions.

Fairmont Prep (19-8, 7-1) finished league play tied with Pacifica Christian for the league championship. The two teams split their two games this season.

Sophomore Kristian Jemerson had 18 points for the Huskies. Fairmont Prep will play in the Division 2AA playoffs.

Scottie McDowell led Capo Valley Christian with 14 points and made all of shots from the field. The Eagles (13-15, 3-5) finished tied with Saddleback Valley Christian for third place in the San Joaquin League.

Read more about Thursday’s basketball highlights: San Juan Hills wins crucial game on buzzer beater; El Dorado knocks off Yorba Linda This post was shared via Orange County Register’s RSS Feed

Powered by WPeMatico

Tuesday’s basketball highlights: El Dorado tops El Modena for first league win; Ocean View holds off Western


Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now


A roundup of the Orange County boys basketball highlights on Tuesday:

Jake Duthoy’s 26-point performance propelled El Dorado to a 75-61 victory against El Modena on Tuesday in a North Hills League game at El Modena High.

It was the first league win of the season for El Dorado (15-10, 1-2).

El Dorado’s 6-foot-8 Oliver Penn and 6-7 John Bakke scored 15 and 14 points, respectively.

El Dorado will host second-place Brea Olinda on Friday.

El Modena (14-9, 0-3) will play at first-place Yorba Linda on Friday. The Vanguards are on a six-game losing streak.

In other games Tuesday:

Ocean View 69, Western 66: Ocean View held off a late rally from Western to snap a two-game losing streak.

The Seahawks led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter. Ocean View (15-10, 5-2) scored its last 10 points via free throws.

Luke Washington scored 11 points in the fourth quarter for Ocean View and Slater Miller added five.

Brian Gil scored 10 points in the fourth quarter for Western (7-18, 2-5) and Marcus Johnson scored five.

Brea Olinda 44, Foothill 43: Brea Olinda edged Foothill in a Century Conference crossover game at Brea Olinda High.

Junior Ivin Rhaburn was the only Wildcat to score in double-figures (13 points). Sophomore Garrett Brookman added nine points.

Brea (16-9, 2-1) will resume North Hills League play Friday against El Dorado. The Wildcats are in second place in the league standings behind Yorba Linda.

Foothill (10-14, 1-2) will finish the regular season with three Crestview League games.

No. 7 Canyon 86, Esperanza 48: Jake Martin made six 3-pointers and had 24 points for Canyon in a win over Esperanza in a Crestview League game.

Martin has made 90 3-pointers this season and has made at least five 3-pointers in 10 games.

Nathan Williams and Liam Woodrum scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Comanches (16-9, 3-0).

Crean Lutheran 43, Tustin 29: Crean Lutheran clinched at least a second-place finish in the Empire League by beating Tustin in a defensive battle at Crean Lutheran High.

The Saints have a three-game lead over Tustin (16-9, 3-4) and Valencia in the league standings and are one game behind Cypress.

Josh Shin led Crean Lutheran (15-8, 6-1) with 15 points and Michael Birket added 13.

Both teams were held under 20 points in the first half.

Capistrano Valley Christian 75, Orangewood Academy 49: Capistrano Valley Christian dominated the glass in a blowout win over Orangewood Academy in a San Joaquin League game at Capo Valley Christian School.

The Eagles grabbed 46 rebounds, 19 of them offensive rebounds. Freshman Athian Athian led the effort with 10 rebounds and Adam Garza grabbed nine.

Sophomore Mac West scored 20 points for Capo Valley Christian (13-12, 3-3). Three other Eagles scored in double figures: Luke Powell (17), Bence Duka (12) and Addyson Gbye (10).

Read more about Tuesday’s basketball highlights: El Dorado tops El Modena for first league win; Ocean View holds off Western This post was shared via Orange County Register’s RSS Feed

Powered by WPeMatico

Friday’s basketball highlights: Servite gets first Trinity League victory since 2017; Tustin wins in OT


Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now


A roundup of the Orange County boys basketball highlights on Friday:

Servite won its first Trinity League game since 2017 by beating Santa Margarita 45-44 on Friday at Servite High.

The win snapped a 21-game league losing streak for the Friars and was the first time Servite (15-6, 1-3) has beaten Santa Margarita since 2013.

Servite wins it 45-44 against Santa Margarita! Leading scorers- Miller 15, Bagga 12, Cook 11. #credo @ocvarsity @latsondheimer @SteveFryer @C_Morrissette @MAlvarez02 @ServiteAsylum pic.twitter.com/tfbBevbHh6

— Servite Basketball (@ServiteBSKB) January 18, 2020

Sophomore Tajavis Miller led the Friars with 15 points. Kunal Bagga and Andrew Cook scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Santa Margarita (9-10, 1-3) is in a three-way tie with Servite and Orange Lutheran for fourth place in the Trinity League.

The Eagles on Wednesday play at St. John Bosco, which is tied for first place with Mater Dei and JSera.

Servite will play Buena of Ventura in Coach Mike’s Long Shot Challenge on Monday at Corona del Mar High. The Friars resume Trinity League play on Wednesday when they host Orange Lutheran.

In other games Friday:

Dana Hills 46, No. 18 El Toro 41: Dana Hills went on a late run to beat El Toro in an important Sea View League game at El Toro High.

The game was tied with just over two minutes remaining when the Dolphins went on a 6-1 run to grab the victory.

Grayson Holtby scored 16 points to lead Dana Hills (15-6, 2-2) and Miles Ettinger added 15.

The Dolphins are 2-2 at the midway point of league play and sit in third place behind undefeated Tesoro and San Juan Hills. El Toro (12-8, 1-3) is in fourth place.

St. Margaret’s 64, Sage Hill 37: St. Margaret’s routed Sage Hill in an Academy League game at St. Margaret’s to give coach Chris Nordstrom career win No. 300.

Nordstrom is in his first season as St. Margaret’s coach after a successful tenure at Orange Lutheran.

“It’s an awesome feeling to get to this point,” Nordstrom said. “A lot of it is tenure, it has taken a bit of time, but it is really a reflection of the great players, coaches and family that have helped me get here.”

Congratulations to coach Chris Nordstrom as he celebrates his 300th career victory! @ocvarsity @OCSportsZone @SouthOCsports pic.twitter.com/X1h9tbt1ph

— SMESAthletics (@SMESAthletics) January 18, 2020

St. Margaret’s (14-6, 3-0) went on a 12-0 run to open the game and never looked back. Will Kenner led the Tartans with 19 points. Charlie Wohlgemuth scored 15 and Anthony Constantino added 10.

The Tartans now have sole possession of first place in the Academy League. Sage Hill (8-13, 3-1) was previously unbeaten in league play.

Tustin 47, Pacifica 41 (OT): Tustin rallied to beat Pacifica in overtime to pick up a crucial Empire League win at Pacifica High.

Tustin (15-7, 2-2) was led by Jason Naranjo, who had 19 points. Kyan Patel scored 14 points and Benjamin Ahinaquah added eight points and 15 rebounds.

Patel made a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining in overtime to put the game out of reach for the Mariners.

Brandon Bui made a layup for Pacifica (13-9, 1-3) with three seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Tustin is tied with Valencia for third place in the Empire League standings.

No. 25 Aliso Niguel 62, San Juan Hills 54: Aliso Niguel snapped a three-game losing streak by beating San Juan Hills in a nonleague game at San Juan Hills High.

The Wolverines are 8-0 against San Juan Hills.

Sophomore Tyler Weaver led Aliso Niguel (12-10) with 16 points. Jacob Morris and Nick Steiert each scored 12 points.

Adam Weingard led San Juan Hills (9-12) with 14 points.

San Juan Hills is tied for first place with Tesoro in the Sea View League standings. The Stallions host Tesoro on Wednesday.

– Michael Huntley

Estancia 103, Orange 62: Estancia (19-3, 4-0) scored a season-high in points with the help of 19 3-pointers as it routed Orange to stay unbeaten in the Orange Coast League.

Cameron Khoury came off the bench to lead the Eagles with 31 points and made 10 3-pointers. Brandon Pearson had 14 points and Frankie DeBraum added 10 points.

No. 3 Capistrano Valley 52, No. 19 Trabuco Hills 46: Capistrano Valley went on a 6-0 run in the final 1:30 of the game to get past Trabuco Hills in a South Coast League game at Capistrano Valley High.

Conner Gleason had 20 points for the Cougars (19-1, 3-0) and Brody Sumner scored 15 points while hitting four 3-pointers.

Neon night in the @CVHSCAGE to go with the bumblebee throwback uni’s. #WeAreCV @SoCalSections @ocvarsity pic.twitter.com/TogfrE4SSW

— Capo Valley HS (@CapoValleyHS) January 18, 2020

Aryan Talle had a game-high 21 points for Trabuco Hills (13-9, 1-3) and Tyler Woods finished with 11 points.

No. 2 JSerra 66, Orange Lutheran 49: JSerra (18-3, 3-1) had three players score in double-figures in the Trinity League victory over Orange Lutheran (13-6, 1-3) at JSerra High.

Ian Martinez led the Lions with 16 points, including three 3-pointers, while Justin Williams scored 14 points and Hugo Clarkin added 10 points. David Hornung chipped in with nine points by shooting 3-for-4 on 3-point attempts.

No. 14 Laguna Beach 55, Marina 48: Nolan Naess scored 15 points to lead Laguna Beach to a win in its Wave League opener.

Laguna Beach (14-7, 1-0) also received contributions from Jackson Sirianni, who had 10 points, and Lucas Kravitz, who added eight points.

– David Delgado

Powered by WPeMatico

Wednesday’s basketball highlights: San Juan Hills knocks off El Toro; San Clemente wins crucial South Coast game


Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now


A roundup of the Orange County boys basketball highlights on Wednesday: 

The San Juan Hills boys basketball team beat El Toro 64-59 on Wednesday to move into first place in the Sea View League standings.

The win was only the second for the Stallions over No. 18 El Toro (12-7, 1-2) in 13 games between the two schools.

Adam Weingard scored 28 points for the Stallions (9-11, 3-0) in the win at San Juan Hills High. Ryan Perucci added 12 points and Niko Trimino and John McFadden each contributed eight points.

Drake Martin and Steven Gutierrez each scored 15 points for the Chargers.

El Toro will host Dana Hills on Friday in a game that might prove pivotal in the Sea View League standings. San Juan Hills will host Aliso Niguel in a nonleague game Friday.

In other games Wednesday:

In the South Coast League:

No. 24 San Clemente 63, No. 19 Trabuco Hills 57: San Clemente picked up a huge South Coast League win over Trabuco Hills.

The Tritons are tied with Mission Viejo for second place in the South Coast League with 2-1 records.

San Clemente (13-8, 2-1) will host Mission Viejo on Friday in a crucial game for playoff position.

Max Rumph led the Tritons with 17 points. Ryan Goddard scored 16 points and Matthew Herrod added 12.

Aryan Talle had a game-high 21 points for Trabuco Hills (13-8, 1-2). Joey Longo added 19 points and six rebounds.

No. 7 Mission Viejo 74, No. 25 Aliso Niguel 57: Mission Viejo kept pace in the South Coast League by beating Aliso Niguel at Aliso Niguel High.

Griff Higgins led the Diablos with 22 points and Presley Eldridge added 17. Mission Viejo (18-3, 2-1) has won 10 of its last 11 games with its only loss coming to first-place Capistrano Valley.

Sophomore Tyler Weaver scored a game-high 24 points for Aliso Niguel (11-10, 0-3).

In the Sunset Conference:

No. 22 Los Alamitos 54, Laguna Beach 52: Everett May scored 28 points to propel Los Alamitos to a narrow victory over Laguna Beach in a Sunset Conference crossover game at Laguna Beach High.

David Olcomendy scored 13 points for the Griffins and Jake Orr added eight. Nolan Naess led Laguna Beach (13-7) with 23 points. Lucas Kravitz and Willie Rounaghi also scored in double-figures for the Breakers with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Los Alamitos (14-7) went 3-1 in Sunset Conference crossover games and will open Surf League play against Edison on Friday. The Breakers went 2-2 in crossover games and will play at Marina Friday in their Wave League opener.

No. 21 Fountain Valley 62, No. 17 Corona del Mar 55: Fountain Valley beat Corona del Mar for the first time since 2009 in a Sunset Conference crossover game at Fountain Valley High.

Jermiah Davis scored a team-high 24 points for Fountain Valley (11-6). Sophomore guard Roddie Anderson filled the stat sheet with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and four assists. Preston Amarillo added 9 points and eight rebounds for the Barons.

Jack Stone led Corona del Mar (14-6) scored 24 points and Jack McKenna added 11.

Fountain Valley opens Wave League play against Huntington Beach on Friday. Corona del Mar hosts Newport Harbor in the Battle of the Bay Friday, which is also the Surf League opener for both teams.

In the Trinity League:

No. 1 Mater Dei 66, No. 8 Santa Margarita 50: Mater Dei cruised to a 16-point win against Santa Margarita in a Trinity League game at Santa Margarita High.

Wilhelm Breidenbach had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Monarchs and Ryan Evans also scored 17. Kentucky commit Devin Askew scored five points, dished 10 assists and had seven rebounds.

Aldo Ruiz Ortiz led Santa Margarita (9-9, 1-2) with 16 points. Sophomore Jake Heberle scored 10 points and Jake Blazona added seven points and nine assists.

Mater Dei (16-3, 3-0) will play at St. John Bosco Friday. The Braves handed Mater Dei its only Trinity League loss last season.

In the Orange Coast League:

Saddleback 47, Santa Ana 44: Saddleback moved into second place in the Orange Coast League standings by beating Santa Ana at Saddleback High.

The win was the first for Saddleback (4-16, 2-1) over Santa Ana since 2014. The Roadrunners are tied with Calvary Chapel for second place in the league standings behind first place Estancia. Saddleback has a win over Calvary Chapel earlier this season.

Jesus Hernandez scored 15 points for Saddleback and Jonathan Argueta added 13.

Read more about Wednesday’s basketball highlights: San Juan Hills knocks off El Toro; San Clemente wins crucial South Coast game This post was shared via Orange County Register’s RSS Feed

Powered by WPeMatico

Tuesday’s boys basketball highlights: Pacifica Christian rolls to victory; Cypress extends league win streak


Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now


Pacifica Christian won its San Joaquin League opener Tuesday on the road against Orangewood Academy 71-54 after playing a very difficult nonleague schedule.

The Mariners suffered nonleague losses to top teams like Rancho Christian and No. 1 Mater Dei but seem well-prepared for the San Joaquin League gauntlet.

Judah Brown led No. 5 Pacifica Christian (12-4, 1-0) with 17 points, nine rebounds and six steals. Josh Sims had 16 points and Houston Mallette added 11 points and eight rebounds. Segerstrom transfer Charles Erving had 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Pacifica Christian will play Arbor View of Las Vegas in the BSN Showcase on Saturday before resuming league play against No. 4 Fairmont Prep on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Fairmont Prep eliminated the Mariners from the CIF SoCal Regional playoffs last season.

Malek Malual had 22 points for Orangewood Academy (9-7, 0-1). Sophomore Pablo Magallanes added 12 points and Aaron Lewis had 10 points. The Spartans host Capistrano Valley Christian on Thursday and play No. 4 Fairmont Prep on Saturday.

In other games Tuesday:

Cypress 49, Tustin 34: Cypress extended its Empire League winning streak to 21 by earning a 15-point win over Tustin at Tustin High.

The Centurions’ last league loss came against Tustin on Feb. 9, 2017.

Christian Chai led Cypress (12-5, 1-0) in scoring with 11 points and Eddie Spencer added 10 points.

Tustin (12-6, 0-1) was led by Kyan Patel (9 points, 9 rebounds).

Crean Lutheran 56, Kennedy 34: Crean Lutheran (9-6, 1-0) routed Kennedy in the Empire League opener for both teams.

Drew Yezbak and Josh Shin each scored 19 points for the Saints. Junior Isaac Kim had eight points in his first varsity start for the Saints.

Crean Lutheran has won seven of its last eight games and will play at Tustin on Friday.

Kennedy (12-4, 0-1), went on a 12-game winning streak to end 2019, will play at Valencia on Friday.

Capistrano Valley Christian 67, Saddleback Valley Christian 55: Capistrano Valley Christian (11-8, 1-0) opened San Joaquin League play with a win over crosstown rival Saddleback Valley Christian (14-3, 0-1) at Mission Viejo High.

Four Eagles scored in double-figures with Addyson Gbye leading the charge with 14 points and four 3-pointers. Sophomores Mac West and Bence Duka scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, and Luke Powell added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Woodbridge 64, Irvine 33: Woodbridge won its Pacific Coast League opener after struggling in nonleague games.

The Warriors began the season 0-10 but have won two of their last three games.

Nygle Williams and Steven Mimpiya each scored 14 points to lead Woodbridge (3-14, 1-0). Marcus Hooshmand and Josh Sanjongco each added 10 points.

Sophomore Nicholas DeLuca had seven points for Irvine (6-12, 0-1).

No. 13 Canyon 61, El Dorado 55: Canyon (10-8) used the 3-point shot to beat El Dorado in a nonleague game at El Dorado High.

Canyon’s three top scorers combined to make 11 3-pointers. Liam Woodrum scored a game-high 18 points and made two 3-pointers. Jake Martin added 17 points and made five 3-pointers and Nathan Williams had 14 points and made four 3-pointers.

Senior John Bakke led El Dorado (12-8) with 24 points.

Foothill 54, No. 24 Yorba Linda 53 (OT): Foothill upset No. 24 Yorba Linda in overtime in a nonleague game at Yorba Linda High.

Foothill (8-10), under first year coach Yousof Etemadi, has already eclipsed its win total of last season.

Sophomores Mikey Mazurie and Jacob Horton led the Knights with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The win was Foothill’s fourth in a row against the Mustangs.

In the Freeway League: No. 14 La Habra opened Freeway League play by cruising to a 57-45 win over much-improved Buena Park.

La Habra (12-7, 1-0) went 26-3 last season and went undefeated in league play for the first time since 1981.

The Highlanders, led by Erik Howlin and Dom Pritchett, had little trouble with Buena Park and never led by less than eight points in the second half.

Buena Park (15-2, 0-1) won three games last season but is flourishing under new coach Josh Beaty. It had a 12-game winning streak entering league play.

No. 8 Sonora dominated No. 22 Sunny Hills 70-40 at Sunny Hills High.

Sonora (14-4, 1-0) is the highest ranked team in the Freeway League and has competitive losses against top teams St. Anthony of Long Beach and No. 3 Capistrano Valley.

Sonora scored 27 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for Sunny Hills (11-8, 0-1).

Read more about Tuesday’s boys basketball highlights: Pacifica Christian rolls to victory; Cypress extends league win streak This post was shared via Orange County Register’s RSS Feed

Powered by WPeMatico

Orange County basketball highlights for Thursday, Dec. 13

Highlights and top scorers from the Orange County basketball games on Thursday, Dec. 13.

BOYS BASKETBALL

No. 1 Mater Dei will play for its second tournament championship in as many weeks when it meets Notre Dame/Riverside in the Charlie Wilkins Memorial Tournament final at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Westminster High. Harry Hornery scored 22 points and Ryan Evans had 13 as the Monarchs (9-1) beat Los Osos 67-33 in Thursday’s semifinal. Notre Dame topped St. Anthony 62-50.

No. 5 Villa Park will play for fifth place after routing Murrieta Mesa 84-45 in the Wilkins consolation semifinals. The Spartans will meet No. 16 Marina at 6 p.m. Friday.

No. 11 Trabuco Hills put four players in double figures to beat Portola 76-51 in the Eagle Classic at Capistrano Valley Christian. Aryan Talle scored all 18 of his points on six 3-pointers, while Trevor Hotmer, Kelvin Cabrera and Justin Anderson each added 12 points. Hotmer also grabbed 11 rebounds for the Mustangs, who will take on host CVC at 8 p.m. Friday for the right to play in Saturday’s championship game.

No. 20 Mission Viejo also stayed unbeaten in the Eagle Classic with a 66-45 romp over Cajon. Jake Connerty scored 17 points to lead the Diablos, who will play San Juan Hills at 3:30 p.m. Friday for the other spot in the championship final.

The O’Neill brothers, Aidan and Gavin, each scored 19 points as Saddleback Valley Christian beat Orangewood Academy in a San Joaquin League game. Breno Bopp had 18 points for Orangewood.

 

GIRLS

No. 16 Aliso Niguel completed its domination of the Artesia Lady Pioneer Winter Classic with a 48-26 win over Fountain Valley in the championship game Thursday night.  Abby Miller scored 17 points, Sarah Matossian grabbed 13 rebounds and Catherine Swanson had 10 boards for the Wolverines, who won their previous games at Artesia 76-46 and 69-36. Swanson was named Tournament MVP while Miller and Sara Eyre made the all-tournament team. Aliso Niguel moved to 14-1 with its third tournament title of the season.

No. 13 San Clemente finished strong in the Artesia Lady Pioneer Winter Classic, posting three straight blowout victories to wind up third. The Tritons capped their run with a 50-23 trouncing of Temple City Thursday night. Ella Gardiner had 25 points and Theresa DeGree and Kennedy Hogan scored eight apiece.

San Clemente (9-4) had lost Monday’s opener to Fountain Valley 55-47, then mashed Montebello 69-28 and Mayfield 59-19 to reach the third-place game. Gardiner was named to the all-tournament team.

Austyn Masuno had 24 points and 10 rebounds as No. 10 Oxford Academy (12-0) stayed unbeaten with a 55-41 nonleague win at Kennedy.

No. 15 University woke up from a 10-point first-quarter deficit and blew past Trabuco Hills 57-37 in the Villa Park Lady Spartans Winter Shootout. The Trojans were down 16-6 after one period but outscored the Mustangs 37-10 in the second half. Claire Kawata had 17 points and point guard Malia Goldsmith 14 points and 12 assists.

 

Thursday’s top scorers

BOYS

Player, school                                                           Pts

Weingard, San Juan Hills                                           27

Hornery, Mater Dei                                                     22

A. O’Neill, Saddleback Valley Christian                     19

G. O’Neill, Saddleback Valley Christian                    19

Bopp, Orangewood Academy                                    18

Talle, Trabuco Hills                                                     18

Connerty, Mission Viejo                                             17

Farrell, Canyon                                                           15

Rosario, Acaciawood                                                  15

 

GIRLS

Player, school                                             Pts

Gardiner, San Clemente                              25

Masuno, Oxford Academy                           24

Jones, Foothill                                             23

K. Chang, Laguna Hills                               21

Le, Garden Grove                                       21

Kawata, University                                    17

Miller, Aliso Niguel                                    17

Choi, Oxford Academy                             16

Gates, Kennedy                                         16

Cuevas, Santa Ana Valley                         15

Farrell. Canyon                                          15

Goldsmith, University                                14

Coaches and team representatives are encouraged to email their scores and stats after every game to the Register at preps@ocregister.com.

 

Read more about Orange County basketball highlights for Thursday, Dec. 13 This post was shared via Orange County Register’s RSS Feed

Powered by WPeMatico

Orange County basketball highlights for Friday, Dec. 7

Highlights and top scorers from the Orange County basketball games on Friday, Dec. 7.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Santa Margarita put on another offensive display at the Vivint Great Western Shootout on Friday, routing Denver East 96-76 in Orem, Utah. Max Agbonkpolo scored 32 points and Jake Kyman added 19 for the Eagles, who have rolled up 183 points in two days.

Santa Margarita will play Wasatch Academy on Saturday. Wasatch is 15th in the MaxPreps Xcellent25 and lists six players at 6-7 or taller on its roster.

Newport Harbor beat host St. Margaret’s 60-34 to advance to the championship final of the Tartan Classic at 6 p.m. Saturday. Robbie Spooner had 18 points and Sam Barela 11 points and nine assists. The Sailors, ranked 10th in the county, will meet University.

Kody Uyesugi scored 26 points on five 3-pointers as University beat San Juan Hills 69-60 to reach the final of the Tartan Classic at St. Margaret’s. William Stenta added 19 pts and 10 rebounds for the Trojans, who will play Newport Harbor at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Servite won two games in one day Friday, beating Pershing County (Nev.) 61-32 at 10 a.m. and Ashland, Ohio, 52-41 at 4 p.m. in the Whittell Invitational at Zephyr Cove, Nev.

The Friars made good use of their roster. Their scoring leaders were Shawn Woodson with 13 points, Zavian Rivera with 10, and Tajavis Miller, Alexander Salonga and Daniel Chelling with eight each in the first game, then Miller with 17, Kunal Bagga with 15 and Christian Martinez with nine in the second game.

Servite will play its fifth game in four days when it meets North Valleys (Nev.) at 10:10 a.m. Saturday.

Westminster blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but fought back in overtime to beat Roosevelt/Eastvale 60-58 in the Corona del Mar Beach Bash. Isaiah Lee led the Lions with 25 points.

 

GIRLS

Jolene Corona scored from the free-throw line area as time expired to give Whittier Christian a 53-51 victory over El Rancho in the championship game of the Leon Davis Classic at Whittier Christian.

Corona finished with 17 points and was named Tournament MVP. Dashell Vasquez scored 11 points and made the all-tournament team. Aidan Sherfey added eight points for the Lady Heralds (10-1).

Shannon O’Malley set a school record with eight 3-point baskets in Crean Lutheran’s 77-26 win at Mission Bay in San Diego. The junior guard led the Saints with 32 points. Taylor Feldman, who set a school record with 51 points Tuesday, scored 17 Friday.

 

Friday’s top scorers

BOYS

Player, school                                              Pts

Agbonkpolo, Santa Margarita                        32

Thoerner, Beckman                                       27

Uyesugi, University                                        26

Isaiah Lee, Westminster                                25

Patel, Tustin                                                   25

Wright, Fairmont Prep                                   23

Headington, Edison                                        22

Knutson, Yorba Linda                                     22

Askew, Mater Dei                                           21

Esparza, Sonora                                              21

Eusebio, Whittier Christian                             21

Cabrera, Trabuco Hills                                   20

Brown, Pacifica                                               19

Kyman, Santa Margarita                               19

Stenta, University                                          19

Weingard, San Juan Hills                              19

Woodrum , Canyon                                       19

Cooper, Woodbridge                                    18

Davis, Pacifica Christian                               18

A Pua, Pacifica                                              18

Spooner, Newport Harbor                             18

Garnett, Edison                                              17

Martinez, JSerra                                             17

Miller, Servite                                                  17

Nanthavongdouansy, Loara                           17

Pearson, Estancia                                          17

Prukop, Mater Dei                                         17

Roberts, Capistrano Valley                            17

Yauney, Troy                                                   17

Cisse, Fairmont Prep                                      16

Memom, Yorba Linda                                    16

Overstreet, La Habra                                     16

Bagga, Servite                                                15

Evans, Mater Dei                                            15

Howlin, La Habra                                            15

A O’Neill, Saddleback Valley Christian           15

 

GIRLS

Player, school                                           Pts

O’Malley, Crean Lutheran                          32

Hermanson, Tustin                                     19

Eilts, Saddleback Valley Christian             18

Hladek, San Juan Hills                               18

MacKay, Pacifica Christian                        18

Jo. Corona, Whittier Christian                   17

Feldman, Crean Lutheran                         17

Eddy, Pacifica Christian                             16

Vickers, Newport Harbor                          15

Jover, Newport Harbor                             14

St. John, Santa Margarita                        14

Coaches and team representatives are encouraged to email their scores and stats after every game to the Register at preps@ocregister.com. 

Powered by WPeMatico

Orange County basketball highlights for Thursday, Dec. 6

Highlights and top scorers from the Orange County basketball games on Thursday, Dec. 6.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Senior guard Stone Sinek set a Fullerton record with 53 points Thursday night as the Indians beat La Quinta 79-50 in a nonleague game at Fullerton.

Santa Margarita put on a shooting clinic and routed Timpview, Utah, 87-51 in the first round of the Vivint Great Western Shootout on Thursday at Orem (Utah) High.

Max Agbonkpolo scored 37 points on 16-of-18 shooting, including 5-of-7 3-point marksmanship, and Jake Kyman added 30 points on 12-of-16 accuracy, including 4-of-6 from the arc. In all, Santa Margarita shot a sizzling 71 percent (34-of-48). Shengzhe Li was a relatively cold 3-for-6, but the 6-11 center hit all four of his free throws to finish with 10 points.

The eighth annual tournament drew nine teams, including Wasatch (Utah) Academy, ranked No. 19 in the nation, and Virginia’s 6AA champion, South County. Santa Margarita, the No. 2 team in Orange County, will play Denver East on Friday.

Canyon scored 24 points in the first quarter but went ice-cold in the second and ultimately lost to La Mirada 61-58 in the North Orange County Championships at Sonora.

The Comanches led 24-16 after eight minutes but were outscored 20-4 in the second quarter.

“We just never hit a shot,” said Canyon coach David Harrison.

Down 36-28 at halftime, the Comanches closed to within 61-58 on the Colby Waite’s 3-pointer in the last 15 seconds but couldn’t score again. Waite finished with 16 points and A.J. Perry scored 16 on five 3-pointers.

 

GIRLS

Kenedy Lilly broke her own school record Thursday night when she scored 57 points to lead El Dorado to a 72-35 win over California in the Covina Tournament. Lilly, a 6-foot-5 senior center committed to UC-Davis, scored 50 points last season against El Monte to break the existing record by 12.

No. 6 Los Alamitos beat No. 20 Sunny Hills 64-39 in the Hawk Holiday Classic. Latavia Miller had 21 points and Sydney Gandy 15 for the Griffins.

 

Thursday’s top scorers

BOYS

Player, school                                               Pts

Sinek, Fullerton                                               53

Agbonkpolo, Santa Margarita                        37

Kyman, Santa Margarita                                30

Bopp, Orangewood                                        24

Bagga, Servite                                                21

Alamudun, Marina                                         20

Barela, Newport Harbor                                20

Horowitz, Aliso Niguel                                   19

Khaliq, Savanna                                              19

Miller, Servite                                                 18

Howlin, La Habra                                            17

Dashiell, La Habra                                          17

Aparicio, Savanna                                          16

Chalmers, Newport Harbor                           16

Giraldy, Portola                                               16

Perry, Canyon                                                  16

Waite, Canyon                                                 16

 

GIRLS

Player, school                                            Pts

Lilly, El Dorado                                            57

Uyematsu, Canyon                                     26

Lee, Brea Olinda                                         23

Serensits, Savanna                                     23

Miller, Los Alamitos                                    21

Anderson, Sonora                                      20

Park, Orange Lutheran                              20

Schwan, Tesoro                                          19

Bruening, Corona del Mar                         17

Oliva, El Toro                                              17

Nguyen, Marina                                         16

Gandy, Los Alamitos                                 15

Pinto, Tesoro                                              15

Ross, Orangewood                                    15

Barrow, Sunny Hills                                   14

Fust, Brea Olinda                                       14

Yoshitake, Sonora                                     14

Coaches and team representatives are encouraged to email their scores and stats after every game to the Register at preps@ocregister.com. 

Read more about Orange County basketball highlights for Thursday, Dec. 6 This post was shared via Orange County Register’s RSS Feed

Powered by WPeMatico

Orange County basketball highlights for Monday, Dec. 3

Highlights and top scorers from the Orange County basketball games on Monday, Dec. 3.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Cameron Dashiell  scored 18 points and Sam Howlin had 17, but it was their defense that keyed La Habra’s 56-38 victory over Esperanza in the North Orange County Championships on Monday. Dashiell made eight steals, while the 6-foot-8 Howlin grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked seven shots. Jason Francis led Esperanza with 23 points on five 3’s.

Nico Dasca and Osman Hefner each scored 33 points in Costa Mesa’s 93-60 rout of Excelsior Charter in the Orangewood Academy Tournament. The Mustangs (3-3) are averaging 71 points a game behind those two senior guards.

Also scoring 33 points was Kevin Kent for Los Alamitos in a 61-41 win over Sage Hill in the Bash at the Beach. Teammate David Olcomendy grabbed 14 rebounds, while 6-9 center Johnny King of Sage Hill had 15 rebounds to go with nine points.

AJ Perry hit five 3-pointers among his 19 points as Canyon beat Lakewood 78-44 in the North OC Championships.

Atin Wright scored 28 points and Pape Cisse 24 as Fairmont Prep doubled up St. Pius X-St.Matthias 82-41 in the Husky Classic.

 

Monday’s top scorers

BOYS

Player, school                                                Pts

Dasca, Costa Mesa                                         33

Hefner, Costa Mesa                                         33

Kent, Los Alamitos                                          33

Wright, Fairmont Prep                                     28

Cisse, Fairmont Prep                                      24

Eusebio, Whittier Christian                             23

Francis, Esperanza                                        23

Stone, Corona del Mar                                   23

Dean, Irvine                                                    22

Headington, Edison                                        22

Gilbert, Crean Lutheran                                 21

Perry, Canyon                                                19

Dashiell, La Habra                                         18

Howlin, La Habra                                           17

Lee, Westminster                                           17

Majak, Crean Lutheran                                  17

Paraizo, Orangewood Academy                    17

 

GIRLS

Player, school                                        Pts

Jover, Newport Harbor                             25

Bruening, Corona del Mar                        22

Caceres, Cypress                                     19

Shaw, JSerra                                            19

P. Jang, Foothill                                        18

Shelby, JSerra                                          15

Uehara, Corona del Mar                          15

Ewell, Santa Margarita                            14

Lizardo, Sonora                                       14

Coaches and team representatives are encouraged to email their scores and stats after every game to the Register at preps@ocregister.com. 

 

Read more about Orange County basketball highlights for Monday, Dec. 3 This post was shared via Orange County Register’s RSS Feed

Powered by WPeMatico