Taft makes first appearance in HoopsByUgland SoCal Top 20 rankings
Tournament season is in full swing for high school basketball teams and the one that took place at Beverly Hills High last week was the one that provided the most movement in the updated HoopsByUgland.com SoCal Top 20 rankings.
Woodland Hills Taft took home the Beverly Hills Tournament championship with a 20-point win over Los Angeles Washington Prep behind the play of sophomore guard Kihei Clark. The Toreadors make their first appearance in the SoCal top 20 at No. 15 as a result of their big week.
Orange Lutheran, which went 3-1 at Beverly Hills, dropped five spots, from No. 11 to No. 16, after losing to Washington Prep on a last second 3-pointer.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart dropped three spots, from No. 17 to No. 20, after losing an opening round game at Beverly Hills to Woodland Hills El Camino Real.
HoopsByUgland SoCal Top 20:
1. Chino Hills (5-0 / No. 1) Last week: Idle On tap: The Huskies travel to Florida for the always-loaded City of Palms tournament 2. Bishop Montgomery (6-0 / No. 2) Last week: Beat Peninsula, 77-39, in a nonleague game On tap: The Knights are in the Mission Prep Xmas Classic 3. Mater Dei (6-0 / No. 3) Last week: Won the Corona del Mar Beach Bash with a 63-50 win over Compton Saturday night On tap: The Monarchs open the North O.C. Championships at Sonora High Monday 4. Sierra Canyon (5-1 / No. 4) Last week: Won the Sierra Canyon Invitational with a 76-55 decision over Mission Hills Alemany On tap: The Trailblazers head to Hawaii for the Iolani Prep Classic 5. Foothills Christian (4-1 / No. 5) Last week: Idle On tap: The Knights will play Katy (TX) Cypress Lakes, led by Kentucky bound guard De’Aaron Fox, on Dec. 18 at HoopHall West in Phoenix. 6. Corona Centennial (4-1 / No. 6) Last week: Idle On tap: The Huskies will be in Vegas for the Tarkanian Classic. 7. Redondo Union (5-0 / No. 7) Last week: Went on the road and defeated La Mirada, 89-74, in a nonleague game On tap: The Sea Hawks will be in Vegas for the Tarkanian Classic 8. Fairfax (5-0 / No. 8) Last week: Donald Gipson’s return from a knee injury was celebrated with a 79-39 win over Venice in a Western League home game. On tap: The Lions head to Hawaii for the Iolani Prep Classic 9. Long Beach Poly (3-1 / No. 9) Last week: Idle On tap: The Jackrabbits will be in Vegas for the Tarkanian Classic 10. Encino Crespi (5-1 / No. 10) Last week: A road trip to Arizona resulted in a 85-69 win over Gilbert Christian On tap: The Celts will open the San Fernando Valley Invitational against Sun Valley Poly 11. San Diego St. Augustine (4-0 / No. 12) Last week: Idle On tap: The Saints open the Santa Margarita Christmas Classic against Las Vegas Cimarron-Memorial. 12. Santa Margarita (4-1 / No. 13) Last week: Won the Christian Cup Tournament in Phoenix On tap: The Eagles will host the Santa Margarita Christmas Classic beginning on Dec. 17 13. La Verne Damien (6-0 / No. 15) Last week: Beat Redlands Citrus Valley, 70-30, in a nonleague game On tap: The Spartans open the La Canada Tournament against Arcadia on Dec. 15 14. Westchester (4-3 / No. 14) Last week: Idle On tap: The Comets head to Vegas for the Tarkanian Classic 15. Woodland Hills Taft (7-1 / NR) Last week: Won the Beverly Hills Tournament, 65-45, over Los Angeles Washington Prep On tap: The Toreadors play a nonleague game at Inglewood on Dec. 15 16. Orange Lutheran (7-1 / No. 11) Last week: Lost on a last second 3-pointer to Washington Prep, 61-58, in the Beverly Hills Tournament On tap: The Lancers will play Los Alamitos in the North/South OC Challenge Dec. 22 at El Toro High 17. Los Angeles Cathedral (3-2 / No. 17) Last week: Idle On tap: The Phantoms will be in Vegas for the Tarkanian Classic 18. Etiwanda (4-2 / No. 18) Last week: Defeated Fontana Summit, 50-38, in the Inland Empire Classic On tap: A match-up against Hemet Tahquitz at AB Miller High on Monday 19. J.W. North (7-1 / No. 19) Last week: Won REB Tournament in Edmonton with a 95-92 win over Kelowna On tap: The MaxPreps Holiday Classic 20. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (6-2 / No. 17) Last week: Went 3-1 in the Beverly Hills Tournament with the loss coming to Woodland Hills El Camino Real, 58-50 On tap: The MaxPreps Holiday Classic No.’s 21-25: 21. La Mirada (5-1); 22. Harvard-Westlake (8-1); 23. Compton (6-2); 24. Mission Hills Alemany (7-1); 25. Eastvale Roosevelt (5-5)