SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings: Oak Park debuts

The spring 2021 high school boys basketball regular season ended last week in the Southern Section, so this week’s rankings will be our last list until after Southern Section championships and regional playoffs take place. Sierra Canyon finishes the regular season as the wire to wire No. 1 team in the Section.

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.


May 24, 2021

1. Sierra Canyon (12-0)

Last week: 1

Amari Bailey

Amari Bailey scored 26 points to lead Sierra Canyon to an 88-76 win over No. 9 Heritage Christian on Saturday.

2. Corona Centennial (18-1)

Last week: 3

Centennial has won 17 games in a row including an overtime win over No. 5 Ribet Academy. They’re the top seed in Pool B in the Southern Section Open Division.

3. Mater Dei (24-1)

Last week: 2

Wilhelm Breidenbach

Mater Dei will be without star senior Wilhelm Breidenbach for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. The Monarchs lost their first game of the season without Breidenbach 69-56 to No. 4 St. John Bosco last week.

4. St. John Bosco (19-2)

Last week: 8

Scotty Washington

Beware of St. John Bosco’s three-headed monster of Scotty Washington, Jeremiah Nyarko and Lamaj Lewis (LMU commit) in Pool A of the Southern Section Open Division playoffs. The Braves have won seven games in a row.

5. Ribet Academy (11-1)

Last week: 4

Reggie Howard

Ribet Academy lost to No. 2 Corona Centennial 79-75 in overtime two weeks ago but bounced back with a 71-69 win over No. 9 Heritage Christian last week. The Fighting Frogs are in the Southern Section Open Division playoffs.

6. Harvard-Westlake (15-3)

Last week: 5

Cameron Thrower

Harvard-Westlake won the Mission League and made the Southern Section Open Division playoffs.

7. Etiwanda (9-1)

Last week: 6

Etiwanda lost to No. 6 Harvard-Westlake 71-62 two weeks ago. The Eagles are in Pool A of the Southern Section Open Division.

8. Damien (26-2)

Last week: 7

Damien senior Malik Thomas and junior RJ Smith

Damien has only lost two games this season and they both came against No. 7 Etiwanda, once by four points and a second time by three points. The Spartans are in Pool B of the Southern Section Open Division.

9. Heritage Christian (18-6)

Last week: 11

Kyle Frelow

Heritage Christian showed they are one of the top teams in the state in their close defeats to Ribet Academy and Sierra Canyon in the past two weeks. They’re the No. 1 seed in the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

10. Colony (18-1)

Last week: 10

A balanced scoring attack from Colony led to a 72-69 win over No. 11 Chaminade earlier this month, which was the Titans best win of the year. They’re the No. 1 seed in the Division 2AA playoffs in the Southern Section.

11. Chaminade (14-3)

Last week: 12

Chaminade picked up a huge win over No. 6 Harvard-Westlake two weeks ago but then lost to 5-11 Notre Dame.

12. West Ranch (10-0)

Last week: 13

The Wildcats are the clear top team in the Foothill League. Corey Cofield scored 29 points in a win over Saugus two weeks ago.

13. Crean Lutheran (12-2)

Last week: NR

Koat Keat has led Crean Lutheran to the No. 1 seed in Division 2A.

14. Fairmont Prep (12-3)

Last week: 15

Fairmont Prep has won nine games in a row which includes a 68-53 victory over No. 16 Orange Lutheran.

15. Santa Margarita (11-5)

Last week: 16

Jake Blazona

Santa Margarita has cooled off a bit since starting 8-0, but they’re still one of the top teams in the 2AA playoffs.

16. Orange Lutheran (10-8)

Last week: 17

The Lancers took down league rival JSerra in Trinity League action last week.

17. Dominguez (13-0)

Last week: 19

Dominguez finished the season in first place in the San Gabriel Valley League.

18. Fountain Valley (12-2)

Last week: 20

Fountain Valley has won six games in a row after losing 67-66 to No. 16 Orange Lutheran on May 1.

19. Capistrano Valley (12-2)

Last week: 21

Capo Valley and San Clemente both finished 7-1 in the South Coast League to finish tied for first.

20. Compton (11-1)

Last week: 22

Compton and Long Beach Poly finished tied atop the Moore League with 11-1 records, but Compton beat Poly in their most recent league meeting, 65-57 on May 5th.

21. Crossroads (8-1)

Last week: 23

Crossroads fought back to beat Culver City 76-74 two weeks ago. Their only loss is to No. 1 Sierra Canyon.

22. Oak Park (13-4)

Last week: NR

Oak Park has won ten games in a row to debut this week.

23. Roosevelt (13-3)

Last week: 9

Roosevelt dropped two games to Corona Centennial and Hillcrest last week which drops them to No. 23.

24. St. Bernard (6-2)

Last week: 14

St. Bernard won the Del Rey League but lost in their regular season finale 69-44 to 5-7 Bishop Montgomery.

25. Rolling Hills Prep (8-2)

Last week: 18

Benny Gealer and Kenny Manzi are a strong duo.

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