Monday, March 5, 2012
O.C.: Boys' basketball top 10
Mater Dei and Orange Lutheran won the Southern Section Division 1AA and 1A championships, respectively. Now, with only the state playoffs remaining, the two Trinity League teams -- ranked 1-2 at the beginning of the season -- are 1-2 again. Mater Dei never left its spot atop the perch, but Lutheran -- which lost four games while Gabe York was out with appendicitis -- has had to earn its way back to its rightful position.
1. Mater Dei (29-2): Top-seeded Monarchs won their 21st Southern Section championship with victory over Long Beach Poly, which has 19, led by Katin Reinhardt, Xavier Johnson and Stanley Johnson. Next: vs. Crescenta Valley, Wednesday.
2. Orange Lutheran (21-10): Lancers began the year ranked No. 2 behind Mater Dei, and after mid-season losses with Gabe York out, they finally return to their rightful spot with York leading the way to a 1A championship. Next: vs. L.A. Dorsey, Wednesday.
3. Mission Viejo (27-4): Top-seeded Diablos made a run at OLu, but Michael Cramer, Evan Zeller and Max Redfield had no answer for York. Next: at Del Mar Torrey Pines, Wednesday.
4. Capistrano Valley (25-5): Second-seeded Cougars had no answer for York or Payton Banks but 17 seniors still have a chance in the regional playoffs. Posted victories over Trabuco Hills. Next: at Long Beach Poly, Wednesday.
5. Ocean View (24-4): Sea Hawks had a bitterly disappointing run in the playoffs, but over the weekend coach Jim Harris was posthumously entered into the SCIBCA Hall of Fame. Posted victories over Aliso Niguel, Mission Viejo. Next: Season concluded.
6. JSerra (17-11): Posted victories this season over Tustin, Sunny Hills, Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita, Ontario Colony and Laguna Beach. Next: season concluded.
7. Tustin (22-7): Posted victories over Foothill, Cypress (twice), Western (twice). Next: Season concluded.
8. El Toro (22-9): Posted victories over Edison, Esperanza, Tesoro, Trabuco Hills and Huntington Beach. Next: Season concluded.
9. Foothill (22-5): Posted victories over Ocean View, Cypress, La Habra, Trabuco Hills and Anaheim Canyon (twice). Next: Season concluded.
10. Sunny Hills (25-6): Lancers lost in semifinals to Simi Valley Royal, but still collected one of the at-large for the State Division II playoffs. Posted victories Laguna Beach, La Habra (twice), Fontana Summit and Riverside North. Next: at San Diego Lincoln, Wednesday.