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Sunday, January 15, 2012
O.C.: Boys' basketball top 10


1. Mater Dei (15-2) — Trailed early against Orange Lutheran before Johnson and Johnson -- Xavier and Stanley -- took over. Next: vs. Middle Village (NY) Christ the King, Monday.

2. Capistrano Valley (17-2)Aleks Lipovic hangs 19 on Aliso Niguel and 22 on Dana Hills as Cougars’ win fifth in a row to set up huge South Coast showdown. Next: vs. Mission Viejo, Wednesday.

3. Mission Viejo (18-1) — Diablos have won 18 in a row, but trailed by five in fourth quarter to El Toro before pulling out 76-72 win behind Evan Zeller's 31 points.  Next: at Capistrano Valley, Wednesday.

4. JSerra (12-5) -- Lions take care of business against York-less OLu, and Devon Pflueger and Reece Lemon scored season highs against Santa Margarita. Next: vs. Mater Dei, Friday.

5. Orange Lutheran (12-4) -- With Gabe York out with appendicitis for a second week, the Lancers lose their big gun -- and two in a row, to Mater Dei and JSerra. Next: vs. La Verne Lutheran, Monday.

6. Anaheim Canyon (15-4) -- Comanches win twice, by a combined five points, over Esperanza and Huntington Beach; in the latter, Jojo Ballestero hit a three at the buzzer. Next: at El Modena, Tuesday.

7. El Toro (16-5) — Chargers outscored Mission Viejo in the second quarter,  28-15, but couldn't hold on in a 76-72 loss. Next: at Tesoro, Wednesday.

8. Ocean View (14-3) — In victories over Orange and Loara, the most points allowed in any quarter was 11 (once in each game). Next: at Huntington Beach, Monday.

9. Tustin (13-6) -- Tillers have won eight of their last 10, including last week's 52-44 victory over Cypress; have allowed more than 44 points three times in that span. Next: at Western, Friday.

10. Cypress (16-3) Jimmy Jackson held to 15 points, five below his average, as the Centurions drop their second league game by eight points, to Tustin, 52-44.  Next: at Yorba Linda, Wednesday.