SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings: Orange Lutheran debuts

SBLive’s Southern Section high school boys basketball rankings are compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette and will be released every Monday throughout the spring 2021 season.

SBLIVE SOUTHERN SECTION TOP 25 BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

May 17, 2021

1. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (9-0)

Last week: 1

Amari Bailey

Amari Bailey scored a career high and Sierra Canyon record 46 points in a a 102-74 win over Campbell Hall last week.

2. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (23-0)

Last week: 2

Nick Davidson

Mater Dei just keeps on winning. Last week, the Monarchs won six games in six nights.

3. Corona Centennial (16-1)

Last week: 7

Centennial has won 15 games in a row including an overtime win over No. 4 Ribet Academy.

4. Ribet Academy (Los Angeles, Calif.) (8-1)

Last week: 6

Reggie Howard

Ribet Academy lost to No. 3 Corona Centennial 79-75 in overtime last week but bounced back with a 71-69 win over No. 11 Heritage Christian on Saturday.

5. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) (13-3)

Last week: 5

Cameron Thrower

Harvard-Westlake lost to No. 12 Chaminade last week but then beat No. 6 Etiwanda 71-62, to put them back in the Southern Section Open Division playoff picture.

6. Etiwanda (7-1)

Last week: 3

Etiwanda lost to No. 5 Harvard-Westlake 71-62 on Saturday. The Eagles trailed by double-digits for most of the game.

7. Damien (La Verne, Calif.) (25-2)

Last week: 4

Damien senior Malik Thomas and junior RJ Smith

Damien has lost just two games this season and they both came against No. 6 Etiwanda, once by four points and a second time by three points.

8. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (16-2)

Last week: 8

Scotty Washington

Beware of St. John Bosco’s three-headed monster of Scotty Washington, Jeremiah Nyarko and Lamaj Lewis (LMU commit). The Braves have won four in a row. They meet No. 2 Mater Dei on Thursday.

9. Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.) (12-1)

Last week: 10

Roosevelt’s win over No. 10 Colony earlier this season is proving to be a big one. The Mustangs lone defeat this year came to No. 3 Centennial 84-47. Roosevelt will try and get revenge against Corona Centennial this week.

10. Colony (Ontario, Calif.) (15-1)

Last week: 11

A balanced scoring attack from Colony led to a 72-69 win over No. 12 Chaminade two weeks ago. That was their best win of the year.

11. Heritage Christian (Northridge, Calif.) (16-5)

Last week: 14

Kyle Frelow

Heritage Christian showed they are one of the top teams in the state in their 71-69 defeat to No. 4 Ribet Academy.

12. Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) (12-3)

Last week: 12

Chaminade picked up a huge win over No. 5 Harvard-Westlake last week but then lost to 4-11 Notre Dame.

13. West Ranch (Valencia, Calif.) (7-0)

Last week: 13

The Wildcats are the clear top team in the Foothill League. Corey Cofield scored 29 points last week in a win over Saugus.

14. St. Bernard (6-1)

Last week: 18

St. Bernard clinched the Del Rey League championship last week thanks to wins over Cathedral and St. Anthony.

15. Fairmont Prep (11-3)

Last week: 17

Fairmont Prep has won eight games in a row which includes a 68-53 victory over No. 17 Orange Lutheran.

16. Santa Margarita (9-2)

Last week: 9

Jake Blazona

Santa Margarita has cooled off a bit since starting 8-0. The Eagles have lost three straight in the Trinity League.

17. Orange Lutheran (9-7)

Last week: NR

Two straight wins over No. 16 Santa Margarita and No. 18 Rolling Hills Prep move the Lancers into the top 20.

18. Rolling Hills Prep (6-1)

Last week: 15

Benny Gealer and Kenny Manzi are a strong duo. The Huskies lost 40-38 to No. 17 Orange Lutheran last Friday.

19. Dominguez (11-0)

Last week: 19

Dominguez is in first place in the San Gabriel Valley League.

20. Fountain Valley (10-2)

Last week: 24

Fountain Valley has won four games in a row after losing 67-66 to No. 17 Orange Lutheran on May 1.

21. Capistrano Valley (10-2)

Last week: 21

Capo Valley hung around with No. 3 Corona Centennial on Saturday before ultimately losing 64-50.

22. Compton (9-1)

Last week: 22

Compton beat Long Beach Poly 65-57 two weeks ago, which pushed the Tarbabes into a tie for first place in the Moore League. They’ve won three straight since.

23. Crossroads (6-1)

Last week: 23

Crossroads fought back to beat Culver City 76-74 on Saturday.

24. Santa Clarita Christian (3-3)

Last week: 25

Don’t let their record fool you, Santa Clarita Christian is a talented team. Two weeks ago, they beat No. 11 Heritage Christian 64-52. Tiago Soares scored 27 points in the win. The Cardinals losses this year came against No. 12 Chaminade, Heritage Christian and Birmingham.

25. St. Anthony (8-3)

Last week: NR

With a win against Cathedral on Monday, St. Anthony can clinch at least a share of second place in the Del Rey League.

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