SBLive’s California Boys Basketball Top 25: Capistrano Valley Christian debuts at No. 23

The winter 2021-2022 California high school boys basketball season began Nov. 15. Here’s a look at the top teams in the state three weeks into the year. 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

December 6, 2021

1. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (7-1)

Last week: 1

Bronny James scored 19 points to lead Sierra Canyon to a 71-53 win over Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent–St. Mary, the alma mater of LeBron James, on Saturday night at Staples Center. The Trailblazers lone loss this season came against Texas power Duncanville.

2. Corona Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (5-1)

Last week: 2

The Huskies lost to Texas power Duncanville 75-70 at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest showcase at Dickie’s Arena in Fort Worth, Texas two weeks ago. Corona Centennial will play a talented (Ariz.) Sunnsylope team on the road this week.

3. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) (8-0)

Last week: 3

The Wolverines won the 2021 Rose City Round Ball Classic Championship at Maranatha High School last week to stay undefeated.

4. Etiwanda (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) (6-0)

Last week: 4

Etiwanda has beaten all six of their opponents by double digits so far this season.

5. Modesto Christian (Modesto, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 5

Modesto Christian beat No. 18 San Joaquin Memorial 87-71 in their first game of the season two weeks ago thanks to 29 points from sophomore Jamari Phillips and 27 points junior B.J. Davis.

6. Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 6

Campolindo won their first game of the year 50-42 over Dublin two weeks ago. Junior Shane O’Reilly scored 18 points to lead the Cougars to the win.

7. Damien (La Verne, Calif.) (8-0)

Last week: 7

Damien’s best wins so far this season have come against No. 22 Riverside Poly and Village Christian.

8. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (2-1)

Last week: 8

Mater Dei lost to Chicago (Ill.) Simeon 66-50 in a game that was close for three quarters. Mater Dei stays at No. 8 due to being undefeated against California opposition.

9. St. Augustine (San Diego, Calif.) (6-1)

Last week: 9

St. Augustine was San Diego’s preseason No. 1. team and so far the Saints are playing like it. Their lone loss came against No. 1 Sierra Canyon 51-46.

10. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (5-1)

Last week: 10

The Braves dropped their first game of the season on the road against Lanphier (Springfield, Ill.) 55-50 two weeks ago, but St. John Bosco is undefeated against California opposition.

11. St. Bernard (Playa Del Rey, Calif.) (7-0)

Last week: 11

St. Bernard is playing like an Open Division team in the Southern Section. The Vikings beat No. 24 Bishop Montgomery 54-44 in the Westchester Tournament Championship. Darius Carr won Tournament MVP after scoring 30 points in the title game.

12. Crean Lutheran (Irvine, Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 12

Crean Lutheran showed why they’re going to be considered for the Southern Section Open Division playoffs this year in their 69-63 season-opening win over Eastvale Roosevelt two weeks ago. Sophomore Vyctorius Miller scored 28 points in the victory. Koat Keat added 18 points.

13. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) (8-1)

Last week: 14

The Knights lone loss on the season came against No. 2 Corona Centennial, 85-59. Since that defeat, Notre Dame has won six games in a row.

14. Heritage Christian (Northridge, Calif.) (6-1)

Last week: 15

In their first marquee game of the season, Heritage Christian fell to No. 13 Notre Dame 61-53 on Nov. 18. Senior Barrington Hargress scored 20 points in the loss. The Warriors followed up the defeat with a nice win over San Diego’s No. 2 team, San Marcos, 61-40.

15. St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 16

St. Joseph has recorded three blowout wins in their first three games. In their opener, freshman Tounde Yessoufou broke the backboard with a huge dunk.

16. Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro, Calif.) (7-0)

Last week: 17

Senior guard Benny Gealer, a Stanford commit, and junior forward Kenny Manzi make up one of the state’s best duos. The Huskies won the 2AA Southern Section title last season and have picked up right from where they left off a year ago. Their best win this season came against previously undefeated Mira Costa 60-48.

17. West Ranch (Santa Clarita, Calif.) (2-1)

Last week: 13

West Ranch had a tough time defensively against Sierra Canyon as they fell on the road 100-72 last week.

18. San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.) (2-1)

Last week: 18

The Panthers opened their season with an 86-61 win over Bakersfield Centennial, but then fell to No. 5 Modesto Christian 87-71. Last week, San Joaquin Memorial took down Hanford West 96-55.

19. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 19

Mitty had a senior heavy team in the spring, but this winter a young Monarchs squad should still emerge as one of the state’s best. In their season opening game, the Monarchs beat Alameda 61-43.

20. Sheldon (Sacramento, Calif.) (1-1)

Last week: 20

Sheldon beat Fairfax 59-50 and lost to No. 2 Corona Centennial 72-51 to open their season. Devon Hayes scored 12 points in the win over Fairfax.

21. Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 21

Salesian won its season opener 62-23 over James Logan last week. Sophomore Amani Johnson is a player to watch for the Pride this year.

22. Riverside Poly (Riverside, Calif.) (4-1)

Last week: 23

Poly narrowly lost to No. 7 Damien 55-52 on Nov. 20 and the Bears haven’t played since.

23. Capistrano Valley Christian (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) (5-0)

Last week: NR

Mac West is averaging 25.8 points per game for undefeated Capistrano Valley Christian.

24. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.) (7-1)

Last week: 24

Bishop Montgomery lost their first game of the season 54-44 to No. 11 St. Bernard last week.

25. Crossroads (Santa Monica, Calif.) (4-1)

Last week: 25

Crossroads beat a good St. Anthony team 69-57 on Nov. 19 and then fell to No. 3 Harvard-Westlake 61-53 on Nov. 20.

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