Monday, February 6, 2012
South: Boys' basketball Top 10
By Blair Angulo
The south Los Angeles County boys’ basketball top 10 power rankings:
1. Long Beach Poly (21-1) The Jackrabbits were perhaps the region's most impressive team at Saturday's Nike Extravaganza, blowing past OLu with intensity on defense and efficiency from Roschon Prince and Reuben Strickland on offense. This week: at Millikan, Tues.; vs. Long Beach Jordan, Thurs.
2. Loyola (20-4) Simply put, the Cubs appeared gassed in Saturday's loss to Woodland Hills Taft at the Nike Extravaganza. They're a solid perimeter-shooting team but looked to have tired legs following Friday night's win against Harvard-Westlake. This week: vs. St. Francis, Wed.
3. Gardena Serra (23-2) The Cavaliers, who claimed the Del Rey League title by beating Bishop Amat, have three players averaging more than 10 points per game. This week: at La Salle, Mon.
4. La Verne Lutheran (18-6) Surprisingly, the Trojans hung tough against powerful Mater Dei at the Nike Extravaganza before faltering late. It was still an impressive showing, especially since Grant Jerrett was limited with an ankle sprain. This week: at Price, Fri.
5. Price (18-6) The Knights missed an opportunity to make a loud statement by losing to Alemany at Saturday's "To The Rack" Showcase. They host a fellow small-school power in a potential Division 4AA playoffs preview Friday. This week: at Compton, Tues.; vs. La Verne Lutheran, Fri.
6. St. John Bosco (17-6) A rematch against Mater Dei didn't work out so well for the Braves. Two blowout losses to the Monarchs are an indication that they're not the best in league yet, but it looks like they'll be in the thick of it next year. This week: vs. Santa Margarita, Tues.; at Orange Lutheran, Thurs.
7. Bishop Montgomery (20-4) Last week's loss to Gardena Serra stung in the worst way, denying the Knights a chance to win the Del Rey League. But make no mistake: Montgomery is a dangerous team with potential to make noise in the playoffs. This week: at Bishop Amat, Wed.
8. Muir (23-1) The Division 4AA sleepers have to take care of one more opponent before their highly anticipated rematch against neighboring rival Pasadena. The Mustangs already clinched a share of the Pacific League but can win it outright. This week: vs. Crescenta Valley, Tues.; vs. Pasadena, Thurs.
9. Pacific Hills (22-3) Only one game last week for the Bruins, a win against Campbell Hall. The true tests have now arrived to decide the Alpha League champion. This week: vs. Brentwood, Tues.; vs. Windward, Thurs.
10. Damien (22-2) The Spartans shook off the tough loss to Inland Empire power Etiwanda with two sound Sierra League victories. This week: vs. Charter Oak, Tues.; at Chino Hills Ayala, Thurs.