SBLive’s California Boys Basketball Top 25: Santa Margarita debuts at No. 19

With league play underway, here’s a look at the top boys high school basketball teams in the state a week and a half into January. SBLive’s statewide high school boys basketball rankings are compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette and are released every Monday throughout the 2021-22 season.

SBLIVE CALIFORNIA TOP 25 BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

January 10, 2021

1. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (14-1)

Last week: 1

The Trailblazers didn’t play last week. Sierra Canyon’s lone loss this season came against Texas power Duncanville on Nov. 27. Since then, the Trailblazers have won 10 games in a row. Nine of those victories have come without star senior Amari Bailey who is battling a lower body injury. Sierra Canyon will stay at No. 1 until a team from California knocks them off.

2. Corona Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (14-1)

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 in November, which is their only loss on the year. Two weeks ago, they won the Platinum Division of the Classic at Damien after beating No. 22 St. John Bosco and No. 21 Etiwanda. The Huskies also beat No. 5 Crean Lutheran two weeks ago, 66-56. Last week, Corona Centennial took down Rancho Christian and Riverside King.

3. Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.) (9-1)

Last week: 4

Campolindo showed off their tremendous talent at the guard position led by senior St. Mary’s commit Aidan Mahaney at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic two weeks ago. The Cougars went 3-1 with their lone loss coming against Faith Family (Texas) 69-64. Campolindo is the No. 1 team in Northern California.

4. Riverside Poly (Riverside, Calif.) (17-1)

Last week: 5

Poly moves up to No. 4 following Harvard-Westlake’s loss to Notre Dame. The Bears have beaten West Ranch, No. 23 Serra Gardena and No. 6 Damien this season.

5. Crean Lutheran (Irvine, Calif.) (12-1)

Last week: 6

Crean Lutheran drastically raised its stock at the Classic at Damien two weeks ago. The Saints advanced to the Gold Division championship game with wins over Oak Park and No. 10 Rolling Hills Prep.

6. Damien (La Verne, Calif.) (17-1)

Last week: 7

Damien fell to No. 5 Riverside Poly in the Classic at Damien 64-56, which was the Spartans first loss of the year. Earlier this season, Damien beat Riverside Poly 55-52.

7. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) (15-3)

Last week: 16

Notre Dame beat No. 8 Harvard-Westlake for the first time in the Matt Sargeant era last week, which propels the Knights up to No. 7 this week. Senior Creighton commit Ben Shtolzberg scored 28 points in Notre Dame’s 71-61 win over the Wolverines.

8. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) (14-2)

Last week: 3

Harvard-Westlake fell to No. 7 Notre Dame 71-61, which drops the Wolverines to No. 8 this week.

9. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (16-1)

Last week: 8

Mater Dei has two out of state losses on the season — they’re undefeated against California opponents.

10. Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro, Calif.) (13-1)

Last week: 10

Harvey Kitani clearly has his best ever Rolling Hills Prep team this season. The Huskies have beaten No. 25 Colony and No. 16 San Joaquin Memorial so far this year.

11. Modesto Christian (Modesto, Calif.) (11-1)

Last week: 11

Modesto Christian has beaten No. 16 San Joaquin Memorial this season as well as a good Durango (Nevada) team twice. The Crusaders lost to unranked Clovis North 77-56 on Dec. 9, but Modesto’s top end talent of sophomore guard Jamari Phillips and junior guard BJ Davis is enough to keep Modesto Christian in the upper half of the Top 25.

12. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (10-3)

Last week: 9

De La Salle played No. 4 Campolindo tight earlier this season losing 48-41. Last week, De La Salle had seven players out due to COVID-19 protocols and fell 63-49 to California High. When they’re healthy, the Spartans can play with anyone.

13. St. Bernard (Playa Del Rey, Calif.) (9-3)

Last week: 13

St. Bernard’s best win this season came against No. 14 Bishop Montgomery. The Vikings’ three-headed monster of Darius Carr, Tyler Rolison and Jason Hart make St. Bernard a tough opponent on any given night.

14. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.) (11-1)

Last week: 14

Bishop Montgomery’s lone loss of the season came against No. 13 St. Bernard, 54-44 on Dec. 4. The Knights’ best win came against Heritage Christian 68-49 on Dec. 22.

15. Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) (18-1)

Last week: 19

Clovis West fell to unranked Pleasant Valley two weeks ago, but wins over No. 16 San Joaquin Memorial and Clovis North are enough to keep the Golden Eagles in the Top 25.

16. San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.) (10-6)

Last week: 20

San Joaquin Memorial has lost to No. 10 Rolling Hills Prep, No. 11 Modesto Christian and No. 15 Clovis West this season. The Panthers earned an impressive 59-56 win over No. 20 JSerra on Dec. 18.

17. St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.) (13-2)

Last week: 18

The Knights lone in state loss came against Heritage Christian 54-52. St. Joseph’s best win so far this year was against Clovis North, 79-69 on Dec. 20th.

18. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) (7-3)

Last week: 12

Mitty is very well coached and will compete with any team in the state this season despite lacking top end talent. The Monarchs are undefeated against California opponents.

19. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) (12-0)

Last week: NR

The Eagles debut this week after knocking off No. 20 JSerra 51-42 on the road last week. Senior Jake Heberle led Santa Margarita with 16 points in the win.

20. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) (10-4)

Last week: 21

JSerra went 2-1 last week beating Rancho Christian and No. 22 St. John Bosco and falling to No. 19 Santa Margarita 51-42.

21. Etiwanda (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) (10-4)

Last week: 22

Etiwanda has had issues offensively this season. The Eagles have lost to No. 2 Corona Centennial, No. 9 Mater Dei and No. 20 JSerra, but they have Top 25 level talent led by 2022 New Mexico commit Quinton Webb.

22. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (12-6)

Last week: 15

St. John Bosco has lost four straight, but a Dec. 10th 67-54 win over No. 23 Serra Gardena keeps the Braves in this week’s rankings.

23. Serra (Gardena, Calif.) (13-4)

Last week: 23

Serra has some resume boosting wins against No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 23 Long Beach Poly this season. The Cavaliers lost to Orange Lutheran 81-68 on Nov. 20 and No. 25 St. John Bosco 67-54 on Dec. 10.

24. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) (6-4)

Last week: 24

Long Beach Poly is 6-4, but the Jackrabbits showed that they can compete with top teams in the state when fully healthy at the Classic At Damien. Poly beat No. 16 San Joaquin Memorial 64-63 in the Gold Division semifinals. Early season defeats to St. Anthony and No. 23 Serra mean the Jackrabbits come in at No. 23 this week.

25. Colony (Ontario, Calif.) (13-1)

Last week: 25

The Titans one loss on the year came against No. 10 Rolling Hills Prep 50-43 at the Classic at Damien. Senior Minnesota commit Jaden Henley and junior guards Kollen Murphy and Jaidyn Simpson make up a strong trio for Colony.

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