Crespi Coach Russell White guided the Celts to a state Division IV championship last season, but the Celts have much bigger plans for 2016. They want to be an Open Division team and early summer success is showing off their potential.
Crespi opened the Fairfax tournament on Monday with a 72-61 win over a good Orange Lutheran team.
Brandon Williams had 21 points and De'Anthony Melton scored 19 points. Crespi made nine of 18 three-point attempts. Over the weekend, Crespi defeated Corona Centennial in another tournament game, giving a clear indication the Celts are a team to watch.
In other openers, Fairfax defeated El Segundo, 69-32. Antoine Monroe had 22 points. Long Beach Poly defeated Maranatha, 78-50. Myles Johnson had 21 points and Zafir Williams 20. Lonzo Ball had 29 points, LaMelo Bar 21 and LiAngelo Ball 19 in Chino Hills' 98-70 win over Loyola.
Poly will play Chino Hills in a 7:30 p.m. quarterfinal on Wednesday. Crespi will play the winner of Tuesday's Windward-Alemany game on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Fairfax will play the winner of Tuesday's Corona Centennial-Brentwood game on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Tuesday's first-round schedule: Alemany vs. Windward, 4:30 p.m.; Corona Centennial vs. Brentwood, 6 p.m.; Sierra Canyon vs. La Canada, 7:30 p.m.