SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings: Santa Ana Foothill debuts at No. 20

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


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. 15 St. John Bosco and No. 14 Etiwanda. The Huskies also beat No. 4 Crean Lutheran two weeks ago, 66-56. Last week, Corona Centennial took down Rancho Christian and Riverside King.

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

Last week: 4

Poly moves up to No. 3 following Harvard-Westlake’s loss to Notre Dame. The Bears have beaten No. 22 West Ranch, No. 16 Serra Gardena and No. 6 Damien this season.

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

Last week: 5

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. 9 Rolling Hills Prep.

5. Damien (La Verne, Calif.) (17-1)

Last week: 6

Damien fell to No. 3 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.

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

Last week: 12

Notre Dame beat No. 7 Harvard-Westlake for the first time in the Matt Sargeant era last week, which propels the Knights up to No. 6 this week. Senior Creighton commit Ben Shtolzberg scored 28 points in Notre Dame’s 71-61 win over the Wolverines.

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

Last week: 3

Harvard-Westlake fell to No. 6 Notre Dame 71-61, which drops the Wolverines to No. 7 this week.

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

Last week: 7

Mater Dei is undefeated against California opponents.

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

Last week: 8

Harvey Kitani clearly has his best ever Rolling Hills Prep team this season. The Huskies have beaten No. 18 Colony and San Joaquin Memorial so far this year.

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

Last week: 9

St. Bernard’s best win this season came against No. 11 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.

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

Last week: 10

Bishop Montgomery’s lone loss of the season came against No. 10 St. Bernard, 54-44 on Dec. 4. The Knights’ best win came against Heritage Christian 68-49 on Dec. 22.

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

Last week: 19

The Eagles move up to No. 12 this week after knocking off No. 13 JSerra 51-42 on the road last week. Senior Jake Heberle led Santa Margarita with 16 points in the win.

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

Last week: 14

JSerra went 2-1 last week beating Rancho Christian and No. 15 St. John Bosco and falling to No. 12 Santa Margarita 51-42.

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

Last week: 15

Etiwanda has had issues offensively this season. The Eagles have lost to No. 2 Corona Centennial, No. 8 Mater Dei and No. 13 JSerra, but they have Top 25 level talent led by 2022 New Mexico commit Quinton Webb.

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

Last week: 12

St. John Bosco has lost four straight, but a Dec. 10th 67-54 win over No. 16 Serra Gardena keeps the Braves in the top 15 this week.

16. Serra (Gardena, Calif.) (13-4)

Last week: 16

Serra has some resume boosting wins against No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 17 Long Beach Poly this season. The Cavaliers lost to Orange Lutheran 81-68 on Nov. 20 and No. 15 St. John Bosco 67-54 on Dec. 10.

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

Last week: 17

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 San Joaquin Memorial 64-63 in the Gold Division semifinals. Early season defeats to No. 23 St. Anthony and No. 16 Serra mean the Jackrabbits come in at No. 17 this week.

18. Colony (Ontario, Calif.) (13-1)

Last week: 18

The Titans one loss on the year came against No. 9 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.

19. Village Christian (Sun Valley, Calif.) (11-3)

Last week: 20

Village Christian’s best wins have come against No. 24 Saint Francis, Narbonne and Alemany. All three of the Crusaders losses have come against ranked opponents.

20. Foothill (Santa Ana, Calif.) (16-1)

Last week: NR

Foothill’s lone loss on the season came against unranked Edison, but a 69-64 win over No. 13 JSerra on Dec. 8 and a current seven game win streak pushes the Knights into the top 20 this week.

21. Crossroads (Santa Monica, Calif.) (9-4)

Last week: 21

Crossroads beat No. 23 St. Anthony 69-57 on Nov. 19 and No. 22 West Ranch 62-61 on December 12. The Roadrunners have lost two of their last four games, but have enough talent and the resume to stay in this week’s Top 25. Crossroads’ top player is 2022 center Henri Adiassa, a Lehigh commit.

22. West Ranch (Valencia, Calif.) (9-6)

Last week: 22

West Ranch is a clear Top 25 team in the Section led by Andrew Meadow and James Evans. The Wildcats beat a good Fairmont Prep team 76-74 over the weekend.

23. St. Anthony (Long Beach, Calif.) (7-3)

Last week: 23

The Saints beat No. 17 Long Beach earlier this season, but dropping a game against unranked Fairmont Prep in December has St. Anthony outside the Top 20.

24. St. Francis (La Cañada, Calif.) (11-2)

Last week: 24

St. Francis’ best wins are against St. Paul and Taft. The Golden Knights two defeats this season have come against No. 19 Village Christian and state ranked Clovis West.

25. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) (12-4)

Last week: 25

The Mustangs have beaten San Juan Hills and Loyola this winter. Three of their four losses have come against teams ranked in our statewide rankings, with the fourth defeat coming against St. Augustine, the No. 1 team in San Diego.

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