Mater Dei still No. 1 when Trinity League game begins Jan. 4 – Orange County Register

This week’s Orange County high school boys’ basketball rankings.

Notable this week: Trinity League teams have four of the top five spots in this week’s top 25 rankings. … Orange Lutheran moved up to 5th place this week after their strong performance in The Classic at Damien tournament. … Trinity League play begins this week, and the schedule includes No. 1 Mater Dei at No. 3 JSerra on Wednesday and No. 3 JSerra at No. 2 Santa Margarita on Friday. … Los Alamitos, who won last week’s Tustin Classic tournament, move up to 9th in the rankings.

BOYS BASKETBALL TOP 25

(Recordings through Tuesday 3 January)

1. Mater Dei 12-2: The Monarchs won the In-N-Out division championship at the Desert Holiday Classic in the Palm Springs area. Among their four wins was a 64-54 triumph over the previously undefeated Mira Costa. Mater Dei senior Zack Davidson was named the division’s MVP.

Placement so far: 1

2. Santa Margarita 15-3: The Eagles went 2-2 into The Classic in Damien’s Platinum Division, the tournament’s top division. They lost their first two games before beating Narbonne and Dublin.

Placement so far: 2nd

3. JSerra 13-3: The Lions were 2-2 in the Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines. Aidan Fowler scored 34 points for JSerra in a 97-91 win over San Ysidro.

Placement so far: 3rd

4. Fairmont Prep 12-3: The Huskies were 1-2 in the SB Live division of the Desert Holiday Classic, among the top divisions in the tournament. Their fourth game was abandoned by the opposing team.

Placement so far: 4th

5. Orange Lutherans 10-4: The Lancers forged a 3-1 record in Damien in The Classic’s Silver Division. The Silver was the fourth-best division of the seven divisions at the tournament, which is one of the top annual tournaments in California.

Placement so far: 6th

6. Canyon 14-4: The Comanches, who may not be as strong as preseason predictions suggested due to the injuries to starters Jaden and Josh Goodall, were trailing 3-1 in The Classic in Damien’s top division, the Platinum Division.

Placement so far: 5th

7. Pacifica Christian 11-7: The Tritons were trailing 2-2 in the Gold Division, the second-best division of The Classic at Damien, and lost in the division’s consolation game.

Placement so far: 8th

8. Foothills 16-1: The Knights won the Senator Division Championship at the Holiday Classic in Torrey Pines. Foothills Travis Paleo was named the Division’s Most Valuable Player.

Placement so far: 10th

9. Los Alamitos 13-4: A wild comeback in the fourth quarter saw the Griffins defeat Tesoro in the championship game of the Tustin Classic tournament. Los Alamitos sophomore Chad Minter was the MVP of the tournament.

Placement so far: 11th

10. Tesoro 15-3: The Titans lost the Tustin Classic finals to Los Alamitos 44-40 after tournament victories over Westmont, Woodbridge and Tustin.

Placement so far: 7th

11. Orangwood Academy 15-3

Placement so far: 9th

12. Crean Lutherans 10-5

Placement so far: 12th

13. Capistrano Valley 12-4

Placement so far: 13th

14. Sonora 14-4

Placement so far: 14th

15. La Habra 13-4

Placement so far: 15th

16. Edison 11-7

Placement so far: 16th

17. Well Valley 13-5

Placement so far: 17th

18. Villa Park 12-6

Placement so far: 18th

19. Aliso Niguel 11-6

Placement so far: 20th

20. Dana Hills 12-5

Placement so far: 21st

21. Portola 11-7

Placement so far: 22nd

https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/04/orange-county-boys-basketball-top-25-mater-dei-still-no-1-as-trinity-league-play-begins-jan-4/ Mater Dei still No. 1 when Trinity League game begins Jan. 4 – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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