L.A. Daily News boys basketball Top 10 rankings, Dec. 11

This week’s Daily News boys basketball Top 10 rankings.


(Records through Sunday, Dec. 10)

1. Harvard-Westlake (9-0): The Wolverines hung on to beat St. Pius X-St. Matthias 72-71 last week in a game that came down to the final shot. Trent Perry had a game-high 20 points and Robert Hinton added 17 points for the undefeated Wolverines. Harvard-Westlake faces Campbell Hall Wednesday and Rancho Christian Saturday.

2. Notre Dame (5-0): The Knights took care of business last week against Campbell Hall, defeating the Vikings 81-60. Three Notre Dame players scored in double figures: Mercy Miller (23 points, 10 rebounds), Lino Mark (17 points, 8 rebounds) and Zach White (14 points). The Knights take on Oakwood Monday night.

3. Sierra Canyon (8-1): Sierra Canyon is fresh off winning the Beverly Hills Tournament crown, handing Redondo its first loss of the season 68-59 in the final on Saturday. Justin Pippen was named MVP of the tourney. Pippen’s teammates Bryce Cofield, Bryce James, Jayden Alexander and Noah Williams were named to the all-tournament team.

4. Crespi (10-1): The Celts have been rolling this season with their only blip coming against undefeated Pasadena. Sophomore Joe Sterling continues to impress, averaging over 20 points per game and shooting nearly 50 percent from beyond the arc. Peyton White is close to averaging a double-double and the rest of Crespi’s supporting cast is contributing consistently.

5. West Ranch (5-2): The Foothill League continues to be controlled by the Wildcats, who defeated Saugus and Valencia last week to extend their league-winning streak to 40 games. Seniors James Evans and Bishop Brooks led the way offensively against Saugus, recording 18 and 17 points, respectively. Junior big man Prince Okonkwo, who transferred from Medford Tech in New Jersey, has been a welcomed addition. A matchup with Village Christian Friday will be a big test.

6. St. Francis (9-1): After winning the King’s Academy Tournament a week and a half ago, the Golden Knights added a 69-41 win over Maranatha to its record. Mazi Mosley had 44 points in the victory. St. Francis will face undefeated Valley Christian from Arizona on Friday.

7. Thousand Oaks (13-1): The Lancers keep piling on victories and won the Arroyo Grande Tournament Saturday, beating the host team in the final 61-42. Elias Chin was named the tournament MVP and had 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the championship game. Trent MacLean was also an all-tournament selection. Thousand Oaks’ next game is against Buena on Saturday.

8. Heritage Christian (6-4): After three consecutive losses to very formidable teams, including Redondo and JSerra, Heritage Christian is starting to find its rhythm. The Warriors won three in a row in the Corona del Mar Beach Bash Tournament, including a 57-54 win over previously undefeated Edison. Dillan Shaw and Tae Simmons were named to the all-tournament team.

9. Chaminade (10-1): The Eagles improved to 10-1 with a 66-52 win over San Marcos on Friday. Chaminade has two players averaging over 20 points per game, Bryce Goldman (25.6) and Jonas Thurman (21.6). The Eagles have a rematch with Westlake Monday night, who they defeated 67-59 in the beginning of December.

10. Saugus (6-2): The Centurions had a seven-point halftime lead over West Ranch in their game last week but couldn’t hold on. Saugus rebounded with an 81-71 victory over Hart on Friday. The clearcut No. 2 team in the Foothill League, Saugus will get another chance to break West Ranch’s league winning streak in January. The Centurions’ next game is against Poly on Dec. 18.

Also considered: Calabasas (8-2), Campbell Hall (2-4), Oak Park (8-3), St. Bonaventure (6-2), Village Christian (7-4), Westlake (7-2).

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