Mission League rivals Chaminade and Crespi were not officially scheduled to play in a basketball game until a league game on Jan. 14, but they will face off on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Alemany in a semifinal game of the San Fernando Valley Invitational.
Surprisingly, both schools are unbeaten despite having to replace top players who either graduated or transferred out.
Chaminade is 7-0 and coming off a close win over Village Christian in which Montana-bound Michael Oguine had 45 points. He's averaging 22.9 points. Jordan Ogundiran and Aidan Dolan are also averaging in double figures for the Eagles, who seem to have encountered little trouble adjusting to the absence of Trevor Stanback, who transferred to Maranatha.
Crespi is 8-0 while relying on juniors De'Anthony Melton (14.9 points) and Mitch Mykhaylov (12.6). The Celts also have been using several freshmen making contributions.
The other semifinal is equally intriguing, with Cathedral (4-0) taking on Alemany (6-1) at 7 p.m. Both are considered candidates to play in the Open Division playoffs. Cathedral has lots of size. Alemany has the one-two punch of Shacquille Dawkins and Daron Henson and will try to use its home-court advantage.