The opening month of the basketball season has been completed, and rookie head Coach Stephan Gilling of Chino Hills can take a bow for exceeding expectations in guiding the high-profile Huskies to a 16-0 start.
Chino Hills won its 51st consecutive game on Friday in defeating Sacramento Sheldon, 91-82, in the championshp game of the Rancho Mirage tournament. It’s as if Steve Baik never left for Fairfax and Lonzo Ball didn’t graduate and move on to UCLA.
LiAngelo Ball scored 28 points and LaMelo Ball 23. Onyeka Okongwu, who fouled out early in the second half of the semifinals earlier this week, returned with a vengeance, scoring 20 points.
In Oregon, No. 1-ranked Sierra Canyon was beaten by Washington Nathan, 67-65. Michael Porter Jr. scored 27 points for Nathan (9-0). Marvin Bagely III had 22 points for Sierra Canyon (11-1).
In the Classic at Damien Gold Division championship game, MVP Spencer Freedman scored 13 points in Mater Dei’s 82-63 win. Harrison Butler finished with 16 and Matthew Weyand had 12. Mater Dei is 16-1. Michael Wang and Justice Sueing made all-tournament.
In the DIBound final, Bishop Montgomery rolled to a 93-48 win over Long Beach Millikan. Tournament MVP Ethan Thompson scored 22 points. David Singleton had 20 points and 13 rebounds.
At Damien, Roosevelt defeated Corona Centennial, 66-64. Matt Mitchell had 26 points. Alemany won the Gold Division consolation championship with a 75-63 win over Santa Monica. DJ McDonald had 25 points and eight assists and was named all-tournament for the 11-3 Warriors.
In the Silver Division final, San Diego Vista defeated Taft, 60-52. Justen Miller made eight threes and finished with 32 points in Highland’s 76-56 win over Long Beach Jordan.
La Canada was beaten by Hesperia, 38-33.
Windward (13-3) defeated Leuzinger, 70-57. Jules Bernard had 27 points and 12 rebounds. Windward will be without guard Jalen Harris for the rest of the season because of injury.
In consolation games, Birmingham defeated Long Beach Poly, 85-81, in overtime. Deschon Winston had 21 points and Devonaire Doutrive 19. Zafir Williams had 29 points for Poly.
Oak Park defeated Rancho Christian, 63-58. Wesley Slajchert had 24 points and Riley Battin added 21 points and 14 rebounds. Etiwanda defeated St. John Bosco, 46-40.
Viewpoint won its division of the Rancho Mirage tournament with a 47-36 win over Palm Desert. Michael Okparaocha was named division MVP.
Pleasant Grove defeated Crossroads, 48-35. Jacob Ray scored 18 points for Crossroads. Harvard-Westlake defeated Woodcrest, 66-57. Freshman Johnny Juzang finished with 19 points and sophomore Cassius Stanley had 18.
Simi Valley fell to Liberty, 73-70, despite 28 points from Jacob Grebeta and 20 from Kyle Fisher.
Redondo improved to 10-4 with a 55-49 win over Bellevue.
In San Diego, Fairfax picked up an impressive 61-56 victory over St. Augustine. Jamal Hartwell led the way with 20 points. Ethan Anderson had 15 and Kirk Smith 11.
Orange Lutheran defeated Heritage Christian, 78-63. Josh Griffin had 22 points and Chris Williams 17. Juhwan Harris-Dyson led Heritage Christian with 20 points.
Brentwood defeated Riverside Poly, 51-50. Braelee Albert had 26 points and 17 rebounds.
Campbell Hall defeated Cienega, 76-62. Mike Meadows finished with 28 points.
In South Carolina, Westchester pulled out a 54-53 win over Kentucky Scott County. Jeremiah Turley had 11 points and Darryn Everage and Luis Rodriguez added 10 apiece.
In the D1Bound tourney, Chaminade defeated Calabasas, 61-53. Sebastian Lopez had 13 points. It makes former Calabasas Coach Jon Palarz 2-0 against his former school.
Dorsey defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 66-60. Eli Herman had 17 points for Notre Dame. Venice defeated Verdugo Hills, 49-38. Kennedy defeated North Hollywood, 54-36. Pasadena defeated Cathedral, 77-62. Kalonji West had 23 points for Pasadena.
El Camino Real defeated Maranatha, 77-52. Derrick Morris had 23 points. Narbonne defeated Marine League rival Washington, 57-52. King Drew defeated Sylmar, 72-71. Dayquan Williams had 23 points for Sylmar.
In the Hart tournament, Grant defeated Alaska Palmer, 50-42, giving Coach Howard Levine his 500th coaching victory.
Buena defeated Westlake, 57-54, despite 24 points from Adam Hess.
In the championship game of the Village Christian tournament, Camarillo defeated the Crusaders, 79-55. Justin Nguyen had 19 points, including five threes.
In the Santa Barbara tournament championship game, Washington Curtis defeated Saugus, 97-68. Zach Phipps scored 26 points for Saugus.
Granada Hills won the Hart tournament with a 62-59 overtime win over Hart. Jonathan Reese was named tournament MVP.
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