L.A. Daily News boys basketball Top 10 rankings, Jan. 8

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

DAILY NEWS BOYS BASKETBALL TOP 10

(Records through Sunday, Jan. 8)

1. Harvard-Westlake (17-1): There’s just a single blip on the resume so far for the defending CIF State Open Division champs: a one-point loss to Columbus of Florida. The Wolverines have two Mission League tests this week against Crespi and Loyola before heading east for the Hoophall Classic.

2. Notre Dame (17-0): Mercy Miller went off for 39 points on Saturday in Notre Dame’s double-overtime victory over De La Salle at Crypto.com Arena. The Knights have steamrolled through their competition so far, but St. Francis will be a tough out this week in a Mission League clash.

3. Sierra Canyon (17-1): The Trailblazers handled business in their first Mission League game against Chaminade and then beat a very good St. Pius X-St. Matthias team the next day. Bryce Cofield had 16 points and Noah Williams had 11 points in the win over St. Pius X-St. Matthias. The crux of the league schedule is near with games against Crespi, St. Francis and Harvard-Westlake on tap over the next week and a half.

4. West Ranch (9-9): The Wildcats are starting to put it together with big wins over St. Pius X-St. Matthias and Etiwanda. James Evans continues to lead the way for West Ranch and recently surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his high school career. The team is getting solid contributions from its senior leaders Darrell Morris, Bishop Brooks and Zach Bauman.

5. Crespi (18-3): Head coach Derek Fisher notched his first Mission League win last week, with Peyton White and Isaiah Barnes helping stave off Mazi Mosley and a relentless St. Francis team. Sandwiched between the win is two losses, however, and the schedule only gets harder with games against Harvard-Westlake and Sierra Canyon this week.

Joe Hickey finds Mazi Mosley on the back door cut for the and-1

Crespi leads St. Francis 14-9 after the first quarter pic.twitter.com/n1gbm9OYOx

— Dan Lovi (@LoviSports) January 6, 2024

6. Heritage Christian (12-8): The Warriors have played one of the most difficult schedules this year, including a game against Harvard-Westlake on Saturday that resulted in a 12-point defeat. As it’s been all season, the next three games aren’t going to get any easier with Olympic League rivals Village Christian and Marantha on the docket. And the nonleague game between the two, West Ranch.

7. Westlake (14-4): Westlake ended 2023 with notable wins over Shalhevet and St. Bonaventure, and hung tough in an 11-point loss to Long Beach Poly. The Warriors begin their quest to top the Marmonte League this week with three league matchups against Agoura, Calabasas and Thousand Oaks. Junior Austin Maziasz is averaging 22.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

8. Village Christian (12-6): After a successful 3-1 trip in Palm Springs at the Desert Holiday Classic, the Crusaders had a minor setback to start league play with a 65-60 loss to Maranatha, a team they beat earlier this season. But Village Christian has displayed resiliency this season and will look to get back on track against Heritage Christian this week. Freshman Deion Lewis is turning heads.

9. St. Francis (14-6): Mazi Mosley is a smooth operator, plain and simple. The lengthy junior can score from anywhere on the court and is the engine that makes the Golden Knights go. St. Francis has its work cut out for it in the Mission League, but coach Todd Wolfson is one of the best in the business and will have his team ready to compete night in and night out. The Golden Knights will be home this week against Notre Dame and Chaminade.

10. Chatsworth (7-10): City Section or Southern Section aside, Alijah Arenas is arguably the most exciting player to watch in the area. The sophomore is averaging 35 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. The Chancellors aren’t shying away from difficult competition either. Chatsworth held its own with wins against Southern Section teams Westlake, Saugus and Oaks Christian. They’ve tested themselves with games against Crespi, Village Christian and Notre Dame. Chatsworth has the West Valley League crown in its sights and will face the two toughest teams in its division this week, Birmingham and Granada Hills.

Also considered: Calabasas (13-4), Chaminade (16-5), Oak Park (13-7), Saugus (6-2). Thousand Oaks (14-4)

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