Scorebook Live’s Top 25 Southern California high school boys basketball rankings: Rancho Christian is new no. 1

Here are Scorebook Live’s Top 25 Southern California high school boys basketball rankings for the week of Dec. 31. Our rankings encompass the Southern Section, LA City Section and San Diego Section. The rankings are compiled by Scorebook Live California reporters Connor Morrissette, Bodie DeSilva and Lance Smith and will be released weekly during the regular season.


Week of Dec. 31, 2019

1. Rancho Christian (14-2)

The Eagles have won 11 games in a row; they’re the hottest team in Southern California. Rancho Christian knocked off previously undefeated Sierra Canyon in the Classic At Damien Platinum Division championship on Monday 85-81 in overtime.

2. Sierra Canyon (14-1)

The Trailblazers fell to Rancho Christian 85-81 to lose their top spot.

3. Harvard-Westlake (14-1)

The Wolverines are undefeated in California. They picked up an important 57-49 win over No. 7 Santa Clarita Christian two weeks ago.

4. Corona Centennial (13-2)

Corona Centennial won the Tarkanian Classic top division two weeks ago and then won the King Cotton Classic championship in Florida this past week over Florida University. They outscored University 26 to nine in the final quarter. Corona Centennial’s two losses are to no. 3 Harvard-Westlake and Sheldon.

5. Mater Dei (12-2)

Mater Dei won the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon defeating Washington Eastside Catholic 70-58 in the title game. Devin Askew was named tournament MVP.

6. Etiwanda (12-2)

Etiwanda finished third in the Classic At Damien Platinum Division. Corona Centennial transfer Jaylen Clark adds a big boost to their Open Division championship aspirations in the Southern Section.

7. Santa Clarita Christian (11-3)

The Cardinals won the Gold Division at the Classic At Damien beating no. 11 Heritage Christian, no. 16 Chaminade and no. 23 Washington Prep. Ty Harper was named MVP.

8. St. John Bosco (12-4)

The Braves had a strong showing at Damien, finishing fourth in the Platinum Division.

9. JSerra (14-2)

JSerra won the National Division of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic beating Sheldon 52-50. They’ve won 13 games in a row.

10. St. Anthony (16-1)

The Saints won the Senators Division of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic to move to 16-1 on the year.

11. Heritage Christian (14-2)

Heritage Christian finished in fifth place in the Classic At Damien’s Gold Division following a frustrating double overtime defeat to no. 7 Santa Clarita Christian 80-77. Heritage Christian beat Jesuit and Valencia after the loss to claim fifth.

12. Windward (13-4)

Windward finished in sixth place in the Classic At Damien’s Platinum Division. Senior Devin Tillis picked up his first Division 1 scholarship offer from UNLV on Monday.

13. Renaissance Academy (12-4)

Renaissance has won seven games in a row but were off last week.

14. St. Augustine (15-3)

The Saints played well at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic beating no. 18 Riverside Poly and Torrey Pines. They fell to eventual champion no. 9 JSerra 67-63 in the second round.

15. Damien (11-4)

The Spartans finished their own tournament on a high note by taking seventh place in the Platinum Division with a 100-73 annihilation of no. 22 Birmingham.

16. Chaminade (13-3)

Chaminade has two losses to two out of state opponents and a 67-55 defeat to no. 7 Santa Clarita Christian on the year. The Eagles finished in third place in the Gold Division of the Classic At Damien beating no. 24 Rolling Hills Prep 58-56 in the consolation game. They will contend in the Mission League.

17. St. Bernard (12-3)

St. Bernard came into the Classic At Damien undefeated, but lost three out of four games in the Platinum Division. Senior guard Nick Bowden got hurt in game one of the tournament and the Vikings never looked right without him.

18. Riverside Poly (11-3)

Poly lost to Sheldon and no. 14 St. Augustine at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic, but beat no. 25 Foothills Christian 72-57.

19. Ribet Academy (9-1)

Ribet has only played ten games, but they’ve beaten no. 20 Fairfax and no. 17 St. Bernard. Their one defeat came to no. 2 Sierra Canyon 91-58.

20. Fairfax (11-2)

Fairfax lost to no. 8 St. John Bosco and no. 19 Ribet Academy at the Classic At Damien. Their best win on the year is over Northern California’s Dublin.

21. Capistrano Valley (15-1)

Capistrano Valley’s only loss came to no. 9 JSerra. Their best wins are over Poway and Sonora.

22. Birmingham (9-4)

The Patriots went 1-3 in the Classic At Damien after beating Long Beach Poly in their opener.

23. Washington Prep (9-9)

Washington Prep was one of the surprises of the Classic At Damien. They advanced all the way to the Gold Division championship where they fell to no. 7 Santa Clarita Christian 75-52.

24. Rolling Hills Prep (12-2)

The Huskies finished in fourth place in the Classic At Damien Gold Division following losses to no. 23 Washington Prep and no. 16 Chaminade. Their best wins are over King/Drew and Valencia.

25. Foothills Christian (11-4)

San Diego’s second best team’s top win was over no. 12 Windward 69-59 earlier this month.

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