SBLive’s California Boys Basketball Top 25: Corona Centennial ends the year at No. 1 in statewide rankings

The spring 2021 California high school boys basketball season is in the books. Here’s a look at the top teams in the state following championship games taking place over the last two weeks. 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.

SBLIVE CALIFORNIA TOP 25 BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

June 21, 2021

1. Corona Centennial (21-2)

Last week: 4

Kylan Boswell

Winning the Southern Section Open Division championship pushed the Huskies to No. 1 to end the year despite an early season loss to No. 3 Torrey Pines. Centennial opted out of the state regional playoffs.

2. Etiwanda (14-2)

Last week: 9

Etiwanda won the CIF State Open Division regional tournament beating Sierra Canyon and Torrey Pines along the way.

3. Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.) (30-1)

Last week: 3

Nick Herrmann, Torrey Pines
Nick Herrmann

Torrey Pines won the San Diego Section Open Division championship on a buzzer beater from senior Nick Herrmann. The Falcons then beat Damien in the CIF State Open Division regional semifinals before falling to Etiwanda in the championship. They’ll go down as one of the best San Diego Section high school basketball teams of all time.

4. Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.) (15-0)

Last week: 2

The Cougars beat Salesian College Prep, No. 13 Archbishop Riordan, Bishop O’Dowd and De La Salle this year.

5. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (16-2)

Last week: 1

Amari Bailey

Injuries and a lack of depth caught up to Sierra Canyon in the postseason following a 12-0 regular season.

6. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) (17-1)

Last week: 15

Mitty won the Central Coast Section Open Division title beating Archbishop Riordan 69-63 in the championship game.

7. Damien (La Verne, Calif.) (29-4)

Last week: 10

Damien senior Malik Thomas and junior RJ Smith

Damien had a great showing in Southern Section Open Division pool play. The Spartans went 2-1 beating Mater Dei and Harvard-Westlake.

8. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (27-4)

Last week: 5

Nick Davidson

Mater Dei started the year 24-0, but an injury to center Wilhelm Breidenbach derailed the Monarchs chances of a section or regional championship.

9. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (23-4)

Last week: 6

Scotty Washington

St. John Bosco went 1-2 in Southern Section Open Division pool play but went on to win the Division 1-AA CIF State regional championship.

10. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) (17-3)

Last week: 20

Cathedral Catholic fell to Torrey Pines on a buzzer beater from Nick Herrmann in the San Diego Section Open Division championship.

11. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) (17-6)

Last week: 8

Cameron Thrower

Harvard-Westlake was minutes away from making the Southern Section Open Division championship game before giving up a 9-0 run to Damien in their final game of pool play and missing out.

12. Ribet Academy (Los Angeles, Calif.) (13-5)

Last week: 7

Reggie Howard

Ribet Academy went 0-3 in Southern Section Open Division pool play dropping games to Etiwanda, Sierra Canyon and St. John Bosco.

13. Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco, Calif.) (14-4)

Last week: 13

Archbishop Riordan fell in the Central Coast Section Open Division title game to Archbishop Mitty 69-63.

14. Capital Christian (Sacramento, Calif.) (12-2)

Last week: 14

Capital Christian’s best win this season came against St. Joseph 66-64 on May 22.

15. St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.) (27-3)

Last week: 18

The Knights won the CIF Central Section Open Division championship 70-64 over San Joaquin Memorial.

16. Modesto Christian (15-0)

Last week: 16

Modesto Christian won 13 of their 15 games by double digits this season.

17. San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.) (22-3)

Last week: NR

San Joaquin Memorial fell to St. Joseph in the Central Section Open Division championship and then to Harvard-Westlake in the state playoffs.

18. Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) (21-4)

Last week: 24

Chaminade won the Division 1 Southern Section championship against Capistrano Valley 53-49.

19. San Marcos (25-2)

Last week: 12

Devon Arlington led San Marcos to one of its best seasons in school history.

20. St. Augustine (San Diego, Calif.) (14-7)

Last week: NR

St. Augustine beat Santa Fe Christian in the first round of the San Diego Section Open Division playoffs, which moved the Saints to No. 20.

21. Santa Fe Christian (Solano Beach, Calif.) (20-4)

Last week: NR

After falling in the first round of the San Diego Section Open Division playoffs to St. Augustine, Santa Fe Christian won the Division 1-A CIF State regional championship.

22. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) (17-4)

Last week: NR

Capistrano Valley lost two championships in the last two weeks, one against Chaminade in the Division 1 Southern Section title game and then the second came against Santa Fe Christian in the Division 1-A CIF State regional championship.

23. Birmingham (Lake Balboa, Calif.) (11-4)

Last week: NR

Birmingham beat Westchester to claim their second ever Open Division LA City championship.

24. Santa Margarita (17-6)

Last week: NR

Santa Margarita lost to Rolling Hills Prep in the Southern Section 2-AA semifinals, but then stormed back to beat the Huskies in the state playoffs en route to a Division 2-AA championship.

25. Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro, Calif.) (13-3)

Last week: NR

Rolling Hills Prep won the Southern Section Division 2-AA championship, which was enough to move them to into our final Top 25.

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