Best of the West Clash at the Rolling Hills Prep State Preview Classic

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LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA. – Six of the first 14 teams in the latest BurlisonOnBasketball Southern California Top 25 will be on display Saturday at Cerritos College during the Rolling Hills Prep State Preview Classic, presented by Scorebook Live.

The first of the eight games scheduled for the event tips off at 9:30 a.m. with host Rolling Hills Prep facing L.A. Brentwood.

Things conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m., when top-ranked Chino Hills faces Wasatch Academy of Utah.

Chino Hills will take its 21-0 record – and two-year winning streak of 56 – into its Baseline League game at No. 6-ranked La Verne Damien Friday night.

Three of the games involve six teams that are in the Top 25: No. 24 Santa Monica vs.  No. 12 Mission Hills Alemany (3:30); No. 11 Corona Centennial vs. No. 14 Santa Margarita (5); and No. 7 L.A. Fairfax vs. No. 4 Torrance Bishop Montgomery (7).

Northern California’s top-ranked team, Sacramento Sheldon, is also in the event and faces Orange Lutheran at 2 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $13 for adults and students, and $30 for VIP seating. Tickets for children younger than 10 years old are $5. Tickets can be purchased on Saturday at Cerritos College.

Those planning to attend are advised to arrive early as the event was at standing-room-only level a year ago when a finale pitting unbeaten Chino Hills and Bishop Montgomery teams was the headliner.

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Complete Schedule

9:30am – Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro, CA) vs. Brentwood (Los Angeles, CA)

11:00am – Serra (Gardena, CA) vs. Loyola (Los Angeles, CA)

12:30pm – Durango (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Maranatha (Pasadena, CA)

2:00pm – Sheldon (Sacramento, CA) vs. Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA)

3:30pm – Santa Monica (Santa Monica, CA) vs. Alemany (Mission Hills, CA)

5:00pm – Centennial (Corona, CA) vs. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)

7:00pm – Fairfax (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, CA)

8:30pm – Chino Hills (Chino Hills, CA) vs. Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, UT)

Team Previews

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Frank Burlison Says: After being at the helm of one of the most successful programs in the west and beyond (L.A. Fairfax), Harvey Kitani “retired” from the L.A. Unified School District and took over another program that seems destined for much success under his guidance. He’s got a quality freshman class that includes a player he has exceptional expectations for in 6-6 J.T. Tan.

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Frank Burlison Says: Former UCLA guard Ryan Bailey has a sophomore-laden squad, led by Braelee Albert, Finnley O’Rourke, Sam Clareman, Eric Olofson and Brett Polson, that could make a deep run in the CIF Southern Section 3AA playoff bracket.

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Frank Burlison Says: Bernard McCrumby took over the Cavaliers’ program following the tragic passing of long-time and much-respected Coach Dwan Hurt on Thanksgiving week. He’s got a gifted senior guard (Ray Knight) as well as a junior guard who is also a standout football player in Kobe Smith.

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Frank Burlison Says: Jamal Adams has done an outstanding job at his alma mater in the oh-so-tough Mission League. Two of his former players, point guard Parker Jackson Cartwright and center Thomas Welsh, were on opposing sides when the University of Arizona Wildcats were in Pauley Pavilion to play UCLA last week.

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Frank Burlison Says: Coach Deshawn Henry has two of the very best underclassmen in all of Las Vegas in 6-4 sophomore Nick Blake and 5-11 freshman Anthony Hunter. Hunter’s father is a former standout guard at UNLV.

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Frank Burlison Says: Tim Tucker is in his fourth season at Maranatha, winning a Southern Section championship in 2015 with Tyler Dorsey (Oregon) and Trevor Stanback (Stanford) leading the way. He’s got another player who has a chance to be heavily recruited in 6-4 junior Chris Austin.

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Frank Burlison Says: Coach Joey Rollings’ team started the week at 16-2 and, right now, could be the favorite to represent the North in the State Open Championship game in March. One of those two losses came to Chino Hills in the Rancho Mirage Holiday Classic on Dec. 30. Senior guard Elishja Duplechan is averaging 17 points per game.

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Frank Burlison Says: The Lancers, who have played in the past two Southern Section Open Division playoffs, have one of the best scorers in Orange County – and beyond – in 6-3 senior guard Chris Williams. He’ll likely sign a national letter of intent with an NCAA Division I program in the spring.

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Frank Burlison Says: The Vikings, who won the Southern Section 1A title last spring, have three very good juniors in De’sean Allen-Eikens, Payton Moore and Rip Economou. The game with Alemany is a rematch of the Classic at Damien consolation championship contest, won by Alemany, 75-63.

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Frank Burlison Says: The Warriors took a 17-3 record into the week and were unbeaten in Mission League play. Guard Brandon Davis signed a letter of intent with UC Santa Barbara and junior guard D.J. McDonald was an all-tournament selection during the Classic at Damien.

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Frank Burlison Says: The Huskies of Coach Josh Giles, who had a tough Big VIII League game at Roosevelt set for Thursday night, were 16-5 to start the week with only losses to likely Southern Section Open Division playoff participants Roosevelt (twice), Etiwanda, Long Beach Poly and Mater Dei. Seniors Jalen Hill (UCLA) and Gio Nelson (UC Davis) signed letters of intent in November.

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Frank Burlison Says: The Eagles are expected to play in the Southern Section Open Division playoffs for the second year in a row. They start one of the biggest – and best – frontcourts in Southern California in 6-8 Adrease Jackson (he is bound for Dartmouth), 6-7 junior Jordan Guest and 6-6 sophomore Jake Kyman.

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Frank Burlison Says: The Lions, in Steve Baik’s first season as coach after being at the helm of the 35-0 Chino Hills squad last season, won 17 of their first 18 games with a strong group of guards leading the way. But maybe the best of those guards, sophomore Ethan Anderson, will be sidelined for a while after suffering an injured leg against rival Westchester last week.

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Frank Burlison Says: Coach Doug Mitchell returned the complete starting lineup from a team that lost only three games last season (twice to unbeaten Chino Hills and another to Sierra Canyon in the Southern Section Open semifinals). Seniors Ethan Thompson (Oregon State) and Jordan Schakel (San Diego State) are two of the best guards in the state.

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Frank Burlison Says: There’s a new coach (Stephan Gilling) and Lonzo Ball is now dropping dimes for UCLA instead of against overmatched high school opponents. But the Huskies showed no signs of letting up while winning their first 20 games (before Baseline League games with Rancho Cucamonga and Damien this week). Mega-scorer LiAngelo Ball signed with the Bruins in November and three other starters from that 35-0 club last season, LaMelo Ball, Elizjah Scott and Onyeka Okongwu, are having marvelous seasons.

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Frank Burlison Says: Coach Curtis Condie’s team takes a 18-3 record into its game with Chino Hills, without a loss against any in-state (Utah) competition. Six-seven Emmanuel Akot is one of the more heavily recruited juniors in the west.

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