The winter 2021-22 California high school boys basketball season started on Nov. 15. Here’s a look at the top teams in the Southern Section three weeks into the year. 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
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. Damien (La Verne, Calif.) (8-0)
Last week: 5
Damien’s best wins so far this season have come against No. 14 Riverside Poly and No. 24 Village Christian.
6. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (2-1)
Last week: 6
Mater Dei lost to Chicago (Ill.) Simeon 66-50 in a game that was close for three quarters. Mater Dei stays at No. 6 due to being undefeated against California opposition.
7. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (5-1)
Last week: 7
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.
8. St. Bernard (Playa Del Rey, Calif.) (7-0)
Last week: 8
St. Bernard is playing like an Open Division team in the Southern Section. The Vikings beat No. 16 Bishop Montgomery 54-44 in the Westchester Tournament Championship. Darius Carr won Tournament MVP after scoring 30 points in the title game.
9. Crean Lutheran (Irvine, Calif.) (2-0)
Last week: 9
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.
10. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) (8-1)
Last week: 11
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.
11. Heritage Christian (Northridge, Calif.) (6-1)
Last week: 12
In their first marquee game of the season, Heritage Christian fell to No. 10 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.
12. Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro, Calif.) (7-0)
Last week: 13
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.
13. West Ranch (Santa Clarita, Calif.) (2-1)
Last week: 10
West Ranch had a tough time defensively against No. 1 Sierra Canyon as they fell on the road 100-72 last week.
14. Riverside Poly (Riverside, Calif.) (4-1)
Last week: 15
Poly narrowly lost to No. 5 Damien 55-52 on Nov. 20 and the Bears haven’t played since.
15. 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.
16. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.) (7-1)
Last week: 16
Bishop Montgomery lost their first game of the season 54-44 to No. 8 St. Bernard last week.
17. Crossroads (Santa Monica, Calif.) (4-1)
Last week: 17
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.
18. Colony (Ontario, Calif.) (6-0)
Last week 18
Colony is off to a 6-0 start with their best wins coming against Mission Bay and San Clemente.
19. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) (7-0)
Last week: 19
Santa Margarita has won all seven of its games in blowout fashion to begin the year.
20. Fairmont Prep (Anaheim, Calif.) (4-1)
Last week: 20
The Huskies fell 83-75 to No. 8 St. Bernard to open their season, but have now won four straight. Fairmont Prep beat a good Fountain Valley team 72-58 last Saturday.
21. St. Anthony (Long Beach, Calif.) (4-1)
Last week: 21
The Saints have beaten St. Monica, Campbell Hall, Inglewood and Beckman so far this season and lost to No. 17 Crossroads 69-57.
22. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) (0-0)
Last week: 22
Senior guard Christian Watson and freshman guard Jovani Ruff are both top players in their respective classes.
23. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) (3-0)
Last week: 23
The Lions rolled to two big wins against Northern California opponents to open their season.
24. Village Christian (Sun Valley, Calif.) (7-2)
Last week: NR
Village Christian beat a good St. Francis team earlier this year and they hung tough with No. 8 St. Bernard in a 63-60 overtime defeat last week. Junior Thomas Luczak has had a strong start to the season.
25. Viewpoint (Calabasas, Calif.) (7-1)
Last week: NR
Since losing to No. 10 Notre Dame to begin the season, Viewpoint has rattled off seven wins in a row to make this week’s rankings.