Los Angeles Preps: Scott Lynds

1. Mater Dei, 32-3 (1)—The Monarchs won a 23rd consecutive league championship and an eighth state title, and only one of their top 10 players—David Brown—is a senior. Can you say back-to-back? If Xavier Johnson, Katin Reinhardt, Stanley Johnson & Company work hard, they might be the best team in the country.

2. Orange Lutheran, 27-7 (2)—James Douglas and Gabe York led the Lancers to the Division 4AA title. They were the county’s only boys’ section champion and gave the school its first boys’ title. Lutheran—which beat Mater Dei and Westchester this season—was eliminated in the regional by La Verne Lutheran, the eventual state champion.

3. Foothill, 23-9 (7)—It’s all about the finish, and the Knights were rolling at season’s end behind Cooper Pickell and Rob Filley Though beaten by 2A champion Gahr, 71-70, in the section semifinals, Foothill overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to beat 2AA runner-up Mission Viejo in the regional.

4. Mission Viejo, 29-3 (4)—The Diablos, led by BYU-bound center Isaac Neilson, and James Craven almost always played to the wire; three of their last five games went overtime, and their three losses were by a combined six points.

5. Canyon, 26-4 (3)—Chris Anderson’s third-seeded Comanches were shocked by sixth-seeded Summit in the 2AA playoffs, but then Summit lost to Mission Viejo before beating nationally ranked San Diego Lincoln and playing in the Division III state championship.

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SANTA ANA -- The pace was slow, and played right into the hands of Aliso Niguel on Tuesday when it took the floor against Mater Dei. Only problem is that Aliso had butterfingers and let the opportunity slip away.

Too many turnovers in a decisive second quarter effectively ended any chance of the Wolverines staging an upset of fourth-seeded Mater Dei in the first round of the Southern Regional Division I Championships for boys' basketball.

It ended with a 66-46 victory for Mater Dei, which will play host on Thursday to Loyola, a 55-53 winner over San Diego Torrey Pines.

Xavier Johnson led Mater Dei (28-3) with 13 points, followed by Katin Reinhardt with 11 and Eli Stalzer with 10.

On the strength of sophomore guard Scott Lynds, Aliso Niguel trailed after one quarter, 15-11, in a game that was slowed by 45 fouls -- 23 on Aliso, 22 on Mater Dei.

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