SBLive’s California Boys Basketball Top 25: North Hills Heritage Christian jumps to No. 11 in final regular season rankings

The spring 2021 high school boys basketball regular season ended last week in the Southern Section, so this week’s statewide rankings will be our last until after Section championships (for Sections that are holding championships) and regional playoffs take place. Sierra Canyon finishes their regular season as the wire to wire No. 1 team in the state.

Here’s a look at the top teams in California for the week of May 24. SBLive’s statewide high school boys basketball rankings are compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette and are released every Monday throughout the spring 2021 season.


May 24, 2021

1. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (12-0)

Last week: 1

Amari Bailey

Amari Bailey scored 26 points to lead Sierra Canyon to an 88-76 win over No. 11 Heritage Christian on Saturday.

2. Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.) (13-0)

Last week: 3

The Cougars have beaten Salesian College Prep, No. 13 Archbishop Riordan, Bishop O’Dowd, No. 23 Clayton Valley Charter and De La Salle this season. They’re the clear No. 1 team in Northern California.

3. Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.) (24-0)

Last week: 4

Torrey Pines is two wins away from a perfect regular season. Their best win came against No. 4 Corona Centennial.

4. Corona Centennial (18-1)

Last week: 5

Centennial has won 17 games in a row including an overtime win over No. 7 Ribet Academy. They’re the top seed in Pool B in the Southern Section Open Division.

5. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (24-1)

Last week: 2

Wilhelm Breidenbach

Mater Dei will be without star senior Wilhelm Breidenbach for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. The Monarchs lost their first game of the season without Breidenbach 69-56 to No. 6 St. John Bosco last week.

6. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (19-2)

Last week: 10

Scotty Washington

Beware of St. John Bosco’s three-headed monster of Scotty Washington, Jeremiah Nyarko and Lamaj Lewis (LMU commit) in Pool A of the Southern Section Open Division playoffs. The Braves have won seven games in a row.

7. Ribet Academy (Los Angeles, Calif.) (11-1)

Last week: 6

Reggie Howard

Ribet Academy lost to No. 4 Corona Centennial 79-75 in overtime two weeks ago but bounced back with a 71-69 win over No. 11 Heritage Christian last week. The Fighting Frogs are in the Southern Section Open Division playoffs.

8. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) (15-3)

Last week: 7

Cameron Thrower

Harvard-Westlake won the Mission League and made the Southern Section Open Division playoffs.

9. Etiwanda (9-1)

Last week: 8

Etiwanda lost to No. 8 Harvard-Westlake 71-62 two weeks ago. The Eagles are in Pool A of the Southern Section Open Division.

10. Damien (La Verne, Calif.) (26-2)

Last week: 9

Damien senior Malik Thomas and junior RJ Smith

Damien has only lost two games this season and they both came against No. 9 Etiwanda, once by four points and a second time by three points. The Spartans are in Pool B of the Southern Section Open Division.

11. Heritage Christian (Northridge, Calif.) (18-6)

Last week: 22

Kyle Frelow

Heritage Christian showed they are one of the top teams in the state in their close defeats to Ribet Academy and Sierra Canyon in the past two weeks. They’re the No. 1 seed in the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

12. San Marcos (22-0)

Last week: 12

San Marcos has two huge games against Mission Hills this week in San Diego.

13. Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco, Calif.) (10-2)

Last week: 13

Archbishop Riordan returned to the rankings last week after winning five games in a row including a 77-66 win over No. 14 Capital Christian. The Crusaders have now won eight straight.

14. Capital Christian (Sacramento, Calif.) (10-2)

Last week: 14

Capital Christian’s two defeats this season have come against No. 23 Clayton Valley Charter and No. 13 Archbishop Riordan. They’ve beaten No. 15 Archbishop Mitty and No. 18 St. Joseph.

15. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) (11-1)

Last week: 15

Mitty has won nine games in a row, but their one defeat came to No. 14 Capital Christian.

16. Modesto Christian (14-0)

Last week: 16

Modesto Christian has won 13 of their 14 games by double-digits so far this season.

17. Westchester (Los Angeles, Calif.) (7-0)

Last week: 18

Westchester took down rival Fairfax 60-52 on Saturday behind 22 points from TJ Wainwright.

18. St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.) (22-2)

Last week: 20

The Knights hung around with No. 1 Sierra Canyon earlier this month before ultimately falling 72-59 and last weekend they fell to No. 14 Capital Christian 66-64. St. Joseph has a very talented team led by junior guard Dre Roman.

19. Colony (Ontario, Calif.) (18-1)

Last week: 21

A balanced scoring attack from Colony led to a 72-69 win over No. 21 Chaminade earlier this month, which was the Titans best win of the year. They’re the No. 1 seed in the Division 2AA playoffs in the Southern Section.

20. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) (12-2)

Last week: 23

Cathedral Catholic lost to No. 5 Mater Dei 63-60 on Saturday.

21. Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) (14-3)

Last week: 24

Chaminade picked up a huge win over No. 8 Harvard-Westlake two weeks ago but then lost to 5-11 Notre Dame.

22. West Ranch (Valencia, Calif.) (10-0)

Last week: 25

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

23. Clayton Valley Charter (Concord, Calif.) (10-2)

Last week: 11

The Ugly Eagles lost two games last week against No. 2 Campolindo and Monte Vista. Previous wins over No. 14 Capital Christian and San Ramon Valley keep Clayton Valley Charter in the Top 25.

24. Dublin (10-2)

Last week: 17

Dublin split their games with East Bay League foe Granada last week, which dropped the Gaels to No. 24.

25. Salesian College Prep (Richmond, Calif.) (9-2)

After starting 0-2, Salesian College Prep has won nine straight which has propelled the Pride into this week’s rankings.

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