Corona Centennial topples No. 2 Santa Ana Mater Dei in Las Vegas

Corona Centennial coach Josh Giles talks to his team during a timeout. The Huskies upset No. 2-ranked Santa Ana Mater Dei on Friday night in Las Vegas.
(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Corona Centennial lost three starters this season when they decided to transfer. No problem. Coach Josh Giles found others willing to step forward and take advantage of the opportunity to show what they can do.

On Friday night, the Huskies (9-2) served notice that they are a team to reckon with by handing No. 2-ranked Santa Ana Mater Dei its first defeat, 63-53, in the semifinals of the Platinum division at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas.

Paris Dawson, the guard who stayed, finished with 24 points. Freshman guard Jared McCain added 14 points. Centennial’s only losses are to unbeaten Harvard-Westlake and Sacramento Sheldon.


Mater Dei (8-1) received 14 points from Devin Askew.

Harvard-Westlake improved to 12-0 with a 57-49 win over Santa Clarita Christian at Heritage Christian. Mason Hooks finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Guard Spencer Hubbard was a key factor in the fourth quarter and had 13 points.

St. John Bosco handed St. Anthony (12-1) its first defeat with a 58-52 victory. The Braves (10-2) received 19 points from Isaiah Holm.

Windward (11-2), playing without sophomore standouts Kijani Wright and Dylan Andrews, defeated Venice 68-51. Devin Tillis had 17 points and Brandon Richard scored 15 points.

King-Drew advanced to the championship game of the Serra tournament with a 56-42 win over Palos Verdes. Fidelis Okereke scored 15 points. King-Drew will play fellow Coliseum League member View Park Prep. View Park defeated Narbonne 59-54.

Andrew Cook made the winning shot in Servite’s 54-52 win over Beckman. Cook had 22 points.

Kenneth Simpson scored 20 points in Chaminade’s 83-48 win over Texas Central Catholic.

Malik Thomas scored 45 points in Damien’s 91-68 win over Redondo Union.

Granada Hills defeated Grant 59-52. Jon Li had 15 points. Elijah Uche added 13 points and 19 rebounds.

Aaron Liberty scored 24 points and Blake Lander and Ben Ramirez added 20 apiece as Beverly Hills defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 93-78. Ben Shtolzberg led Notre Dame with 28 points.


Crespi defeated Santa Cruz 59-49. Mike Price scored 18 points.

Renaissance received 34 points from Koat Keat in an 81-62 win over Hart.

Bishop Montgomery is in the final of the Mission Prep tourney after a 71-44 win over St. Joseph. Isaiah Johnson and Bryan Mex each scored 17 points.

Simi Valley knocked off Westlake 72-63. Angel Navarro scored 26 points.

St. Bernard defeated St. Paul 90-60.