LA VERNE — The Classic At Damien boys basketball tournament wraps up with its final day of action on Monday. Scorebook Live reporter Connor Morrissette will provide live updates all day below.
10:27 – Platinum Division championship game – Rancho Christian 85 Sierra Canyon 81 (OT)
In an incredible championship game Rancho Christian knocked off Sierra Canyon 85-81 in overtime to give the Trailblazers their first loss of the season.
This was a true heavyweight bout. Rancho Christian’s Evan Mobley (USC signee) and Dominick Harris (Gonzaga signee) went blow for blow with Sierra Canyon’s Ziaire Williams (national recruit), BJ Boston (Kentucky signee), and Terren Frank (TCU commit). And it did not disappoint.
Williams tied the game at the end of regulation off an inbounds pass from the baseline. Rancho Christian’s Jaden Byers missed a floater as the clock expired in the fourth quarter with the score tied at 69.
In the overtime period, Rancho Christian jumped out to a 78-71 lead and even though Sierra Canyon got close, they never tied the game or took the lead from that point on.
Dominick Harris led Rancho Christian with 30 points. Evan Mobley scored 16 and was named tournament MVP afterwards.
Rancho Christian has won 11 games in a row and showed that they can compete with anyone in Southern California. Sierra Canyon will lick their wounds, but the Trailblazers shouldn’t stay down for too long. These two teams will meet again on January 11th at Pasadena City College.
Rancho Christian beat Sierra Canyon last year at Pasadena City College in the regular season, but then failed to make the Southern Section Open Division championship game that Sierra Canyon won over Bishop Montgomery.
The Eagles have the bragging rights right now, but this newly established rivalry won’t come to a close in 2020 until the playoffs this spring. The ultimate prize for both teams is a Southern Section Open Division title.
Whenever Sierra Canyon and Rancho Christian get to together, Southern California is treated to the highest order of high school basketball.
We can only hope for a playoff showdown while these two teams are at their peaks.
8:26 – Platinum Division 3rd place game – Etiwanda 57 St. John Bosco 54
Corona Centennial transfer Jaylen Clark made his debut for Etiwanda and led the Eagles to a 57-54 win over St. John Bosco in the third place game of the Platinum Division. Clark scored 16 points, with all of them coming in the second half.
Clark wasn’t perfect on the night. He missed a few open shots and had a blatant travel, but blame that on rust due to the sit out period. When he gets to full speed and is one-hundred percent comfortable in Etiwanda’s system, he’s the type of player that can put the Eagles over the top. Sierra Canyon is the clear Open Division favorite in the Southern Section, but don’t overlook Etiwanda now that Clark is eligible to play. They could challenge.
Etiwanda nearly beat Sierra Canyon in the Platinum Division semifinals on Saturday, but remember the Trailblazers were without their star transfer Ziaire Williams. With both Williams and Clark now both eligible, a future Sierra Canyon vs. Etiwanda showdown will look different, but will most likely still be close.
6:48 p.m. – Gold Division Championship – Santa Clarita Christian 75 Washington Prep 52
Santa Clarita Christian beat up Washington Prep 75-52 to claim the Gold Division championship. Ty Harper was named the MVP of the division; he scored 19 points in the championship game. Cardinals senior Josh O’Garro led Santa Clarita Christian with 23 points in the title game. He was named an all-tournament selection.
The Cardinals took down Culver City, Heritage Christian in double overtime, Chaminade and then Washington Prep to win the Gold Division. Santa Clarita Christian is a top ten team in Southern California and a contender to make the Southern Section’s Open Division.
5:20 p.m. – Silver Division Championship – St. Francis 52 Maryknoll (HI) 47
Maryknoll led by nine points after three quarters, but St. Francis buckled down defensively in the fourth to win the Silver Division championship at the Classic At Damien 52-47.
The Golden Knights only allowed five points in the final quarter.
“Our game plan was to wear them down,” St. Francis head coach Todd Wolfson said. “If it’s close in the fourth we felt we were going to win. We’re in better shape. We run a whole lot in practice and it paid dividends.”
UC Irvine signee Andre Henry had a tremendous game in the championship. He finished with 25 points and was named MVP of the division after the game.
“He’s committed to what we believe in,” Wolfson said. “He’s the truth of trust the process and he makes me look pretty darn good.”
St. Francis beat Central Fresno, Los Osos, Village Christian before Maryknoll to win the title. The Golden Knights play Grant at the Valley Sports Academy Shootout on January 4th before starting Mission League play on January 10th against Crespi.
3:49 p.m. Platinum Division 11th place game – Dublin 69 St. Bernard 51
Dublin took down St. Bernard 69-51. Anthony Roy scored 15 points for Dublin. He was named to the All-Tournament team.
3:09 p.m. – Gold Division third place game – Chaminade 58 Rolling Hills Prep 56
KJ Simpson scored 17 points to lead Chaminade over Rolling Hills Prep 58-56 in the Gold Division third place game.
Simpson and Rolling Hills Prep’s JT Tan were voted all-tournament team selections.
2:22 p.m. – Platinum Division Championship Game – Ribet Academy 78 Fairfax 66
Ribet Academy rolled to the Platinum Division consolation championship winning 78-66.
Tyler Powell scored 18 points to lead Ribet Acadey. Barrington Hargress added 16 points. He was voted to the all-tournament team. Fairfax’s DJ Dudley scored 12 points. He was voted to the all-tournament team as well.
12:45 p.m. – Platinum Division 7th place game – Damien 100 Birmingham 73
Damien annihilated Birmingham 100-73 to take 7th place in the Platinum Division. RJ Smith and Chris Nickelberry each scored 24 points for Damien.
Damien finishes the tournament at 2-2. Birmingham went 1-3.
12:24 p.m. – Gold Division 13th place game – Anaheim Canyon 60 Pasadena 51
Anaheim Canyon senior forward Nathan Williams scored 35 points to lead the Comanches to a 13th place finish in the Gold Division. Canyon took down Pasadena 60-51.
11:15 a.m. – Gold Division 15th place game – Leuzinger 86 Culver City 84 (2OT)
Leuzinger beat Culver City 86-84 in double overtime to win their first game of the tournament. They finished in 15th place in the Gold Division. Amound Anderson was named an all-tournament selection. He scored 50 points in a loss to King/Drew on Friday.