Los Angeles Preps: Camryn Crocker

1. The rematch between Orange Lutheran and Mater Dei wasn’t nearly as scintillating as the first meeting between the Trinity League schools in which OLu scored a 59-56 upset.

Xavier Johnson scored 23 with 10 rebounds and Mater Dei rolled, 84-61. It was all about the first quarter, in which Mater Dei scored the first nine points and took a 19-point lead.

“He’s extremely talented inside and outside” Coach Gary McKnight said of the junior, one nine players in his top 10 who aren’t seniors.

Johnson also made a point of talking up 6-5 freshman Stanley Johnson, who had nine points and 10 rebounds: “He’s making a statement, and he’s just a 14-year-old kid.” In all likelihood, the victory assured Mater Dei (20-2, 6-1)—ranked second in Southern Section Division I-AA—a 23rd consecutive league title while Lutheran (17-6, 5-2) probably will finish second; good news for OLu, the Lancers remained No. 1 in Division IV-AA rankings.

2. Like Mater Dei, Aliso Niguel got a chance to avenge a loss from earlier this season but wasn’t nearly so lucky. Aliso (21-2) lost for the second time to Mission Viejo, 59-39, in a nonleague game.

Whereas Mater Dei decided its victory in the first quarter, Mission Viejo decided its 23rd consecutive victory in the fourth. The Diablos (23-0) trailed by a point but outscored Aliso, 24-5, over the final eight minutes. Isaac Neilson, Mission’s 6-10 center, scored 11 points but just as importantly got Aliso’s Spitler twins in foul trouble. Daniel and Phillip Spitler both fouled out in the fourth quarter the result of trying to limit the big man’s contribution. Junior James Cramer led Mission with 17 points.

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