L.A. Daily News boys basketball Top 10 rankings, Dec. 18

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


(Records through Sunday, Dec. 17)

1. Harvard-Westlake (11-0): Three players scored in double figures and Harvard-Westlake hit 14 total 3-pointers in its win over Campbell Hall last week. Robert Hinton had a game-high 28 points, Isaiah Carroll finished with 22 points and Treny Perry had a double-double with 14 points and 13 assists. The Wolverines will take on Valencia on Wednesday night at home.

2. Notre Dame (7-0): Mercy Miller shattered a Notre Dame school record last week, scoring a whopping 68 points on 28-of-38 shooting from the field against Oakwood. Lino Mark also set a school record with 20 assists. The trio of Miller, Mark and Zach White have led the way this seasoan, but the Knights are loaded with depth, too. Notre Dame will play Marshall on Tuesday.

3. Sierra Canyon (10-1): Noah Williams dropped 40 points last week against Australia’s St. Francis de Sales. Williams also had 15 points and seven rebounds in the Trailblazers’ 83-55 win over Coronado of Nevada. Justin Pippen had 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and Bryce Cofield added 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

4. Crespi (13-1): The Celts kept their hot streak going last week, winning games against Beverly Hills, Oakwood and Chatsworth by an average of 28 points. Joe Sterling continues to prove he’s one of the most talented sophomores in the area. He had 30 points and made all 11 of his free throw attempts against Chatsworth. Freshman Isaiah Barnes had 14 points and eight rebounds. Crespi hosts Brophy College Prep of Arizona Tuesday night.

5. Heritage Christian (8-4): The Warriors are rolling and have won five in a row. Tae Simmons had 19 points and Dillan Shaw added 18 points in a 69-50 win over Spring Valley of Nevada. Shaw scored 24 points and Roman Fisher had 18 points, including five 3-pointers, in Heritage Christian’s 96-59 win over Beverly Hills. The Warriors aren’t shying away from tough competition and will face Milken Tuesday on the road.

6. Village Christian (8-4): The Crusaders jump into the Top 10 after a big win over West Ranch on Friday. Village Christian has played in a series of close games this season against notable competition, including two one-point losses and three overtime games. While the final score against West Ranch was 58-56, Village Christian was in control for most of the game, and the win proved that the Crusaders can compete with the area’s best.

7. West Ranch (5-3): The Wildcats have a bevy of talent, but are still figuring out how to put it all together. West Ranch didn’t play with a sense of urgency against Village Christian last week, resulting in a 58-56 loss. UNLV commit James Evans continues to lead the charge for West Ranch. Taft transfer Bishop Brooks has been a welcomed addition, too. The Wildcats head to Las Vegas this week for the Tarkanian Classic.

8. Thousand Oaks (13-1): The Lancers haven’t lost a game in nearly a month with their latest triumph coming against Buena on Saturday. Standout senior Elias Chin had a triple-double in the 70-43 win with 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Junior Trent MacLean added 27 points.

9. St. Francis (10-2): The Golden Knights suffered a minor setback against undefeated Valley Christian of Arizona on Friday, but rebounded with a 50-36 win over Spring Valley the following day. Mazi Mosley had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the win. A date with La Canada is up next on Wednesday.

10. Westlake (10-3): Westlake went 3-1 over the last week with wins over Chaminade, Simi Valley and Oak Park. Junior Austin Maziasz has been lights out this season and recorded a double-double with 29 points and 11 rebounds against Oak Park. The Warriors will face Sylmar on the road Thursday.

Also considered: Calabasas (8-3), Chaminade (11-3), Saugus (6-2). St. Bonaventure (7-2)

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