San Diego Prep Basketball : Oceanside Replaces Point Loma, but Top Eight Stay the Same in Poll

Point Loma High School discovered the hard way that there is little bend in The Times' Top 10 prep basketball poll.

The Pointers were dropped from the rankings after losing to Patrick Henry, 95-61, Wednesday and to Morse, 81-60, Friday.

Those were the only losses suffered last week by Top 10 teams. For the third straight week, the top eight teams remained the same.

Point Loma's fall allowed 2-A champion Oceanside to move into the No. 10 spot by beating Ramona, 54-44, and San Pasqual, 52-42.

Point Loma began last week in a three-way tie for second place with Morse and Madison in the City Eastern League. The Pointers now are tied for third at 2-3 with Madison and Serra.

The league is led by the No. 2-ranked Patriots (5-0), who beat Madison, 81-58. No. 5 Morse (4-1), beat Mira Mesa, 87-48.

Top-rated Poway beat Mount Carmel, 57-38, Wednesday when John Colbourne rested his injured ankle. The Titans held on to beat Vista, 62-59, Friday when Colbourne had four points and nine rebounds in limited action. Dominick Johnson carried the scoring burden with 18 points in the first game and 30 in the second.

No. 3 Sweetwater posted its 46th straight Metro Conference victory, beating Bonita Vista, 97-86, Friday. Mahlon Williams paced the Red Devils with 31 points. Chula Vista moved up to No. 9 with its seventh straight victory, beating Southwest, 95-44.

No. 4 Monte Vista beat Granite Hills, 82-47, and Helix, 56-45. Helix (7-3) dropped two games behind No. 7 El Capitan (10-1) in the race for the second Grossmont League playoff berth. El Capitan remained one game behind Monte Vista (11-0) by beating Mount Miguel, 87-60, and Grossmont, 72-44.

Here is The Times' Top 10:

Pos. Team (League) Record 1. Poway (Palomar) 17-0

2. Patrick Henry (City Eastern) 18-0

3. Sweetwater (Metro-Mesa) 18-2

4. Monte Vista (Grossmont) 17-1

5. Morse (City Eastern) 10-4

6. Hoover (City Central) 17-2

7. El Capitan (Grossmont) 14-4

8. El Camino (Avocado) 14-2

9. Chula Vista (Metro-South Bay) 13-5

10. Oceanside (Avocado) 12-5

Others receiving votes: Kearny (13-6), Mission Bay (12-5), Point Loma (13-5), Serra (11-6) and Helix (10-5).

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