The Scorebook Live Top 25 – Southern California

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As the regular season wraps up, Frank Burlison counts down Southern California’s top 25 teams

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sierra-canyon

Record: 25-1

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next up: Friday, vs. Heritage Christian

Frank Says: The Trailblazers have a significant size advantage in the first round but that would be the case against all but two or three teams in SoCal.

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chino-hills

Record: 27-1

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. JSerra

Frank Says: A cool matchup in this one – 6-9 junior Joel Mensah vs. 6-9 sophomore Onyeka Okongwu.

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Record: 28-1

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. Crossroads

Frank Says: Ira Lee and Shareef O’Neal vs. Justice Sueing and Bol Bol make this one of the more attractive first-round Open showdowns.

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Record: 23-2

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. Oak Park

Frank Says: Strange but true trivia: Oak Park will be the first of the Open entries that the Knights have played this season.

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Record: 24-3

Playoff Picture: L.A. City Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. Dorsey

Frank Says: Barring a mammoth upset vs. Dorsey, Birmingham gets a rematch with Narbonne or Taft on Feb. 25 in a City Open semifinal at Roybal.

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Record: 20-6

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. Esperanza

Frank Says: Two of the three-best teams in Orange County hook up as Esperanza gets its first swing at an Open entry this season.

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damien-wordpress

Record: 25-3

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. Centennial

Frank Says: Centennial Coach Josh Giles played for Damien Coach Mike LeDuc when LeDuc was the coach at Glendora High.

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fairfax-wordpress

Record: 24-3

Playoff Picture: Los Angeles City Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. El Camino Real

Frank Says: The Lions’ losses are to No.’s 4 Bishop Montgomery, 6 Santa Margarita and 18 Torrey Pines.

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roosevelt-wordpress

Record: 18-6

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. Redondo

Frank Says: This is a rematch of a 2016 Open first-round tilt won by Redondo (at Redondo), 56-54.

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long-beach-poly-wordpress

Record: 21-6

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, at Alemany

Frank Says: The Jackrabbits haven’t lost since falling to No. 5 Birmingham in the fifth-place game of the Classic at Damien on Dec. 30 and take an 11-game winning streak to Mission Hills.

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alemany-wordpress

Record: 24-3

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. Long Beach Poly

Frank Says: The Warriors have won 16 in a row since losing to No. 12 Centennial in the first round of the Classic at Damien on Dec. 26.

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centennial-wordpress

Record: 23-6

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, at Damien

Frank Says: Five of the Huskies’ losses have come against fellow Open Division squads; the other was to No. 24 Etiwanda.

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Record: 23-4

Playoff Picture: San Diego Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. Cathedral Catholic

Frank Says: Barring the unforeseen, this will be the No. 1 seed in the San Diego Open playoffs a week from now.

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foothills-christian-wordpress

Record: 20-5

Playoff Picture: San Diego Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. Orange Glen

Frank Says: An eventual SD Open semifinal with No. 18 Torrey Pines seems likely.

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westchester-wordpress

Record: 22-8

Playoff Picture: Los Angeles City Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. George Washington Prep

Frank Says: A win vs. the Generals gives the Comets a third shot at rival and No. 8 Fairfax on Feb. 25.

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redondo-union-wordpress

Record: 23-4

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, at Roosevelt

Frank Says: A very strong collection of guards will have to play well if the Sea Hawks are going to leave Eastvale with a victory Friday night.

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oak-park-wordpress

Record: 21-6

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, at Bishop Montgomery

Frank Says: This isn’t this underclass-laden program’s last trip to the Open Division playoffs.

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torrey-pines-wordpress

Record: 24-3

Torrey Pines: San Diego Section Open

Next Up: TBA

Frank Says: Six-nine Jake Gilliam is among the underrated centers in the SoCal Class of 2017.

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narbonne-wordpress

Record: 23-6

Playoff Picture: Los Angeles City Section Open

Next Up: Friday, vs. Taft

Frank Says: As one would surmise from a No. 4 vs. No. 5 seed-matchup, this is the most compelling of the L.A. City Open quarterfinals.

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esperanza-wordpress

Record: 25-1

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, at Santa Margarita

Frank Says: The Aztecs’ Stanford-bound Kezie Okpala will be guarded (at least part of the time) by Orange County’s best sophomore, Jake Kyman.

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crossroads-wordpress

Record: 18-8

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, at Mater Dei

Frank Says: The transfer (by way of Sierra Canyon and then Prolific Prep) and return to health (after second shoulder surgery) of Ira Lee pushed this program into Open stratosphere for the first time.

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heritage-christian-wordpress

Record: 21-5

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, at Sierra Canyon

Frank Says: Wins over Windward (when Jalen Harris was healthy) and San Diego’s best team (No. 13 St. Augustine), as well as a narrow loss to No. 5 Birmingham got this team into the Open bracket.

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jserra-wordpress

Record: 17-9

Playoff Picture: Southern Section Open

Next Up: Friday, at Chino Hills

Frank Says: If reasonably healthy, the Lions can be much more competitive against the defending Open champions than many expect them to be.

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Record: 18-11

Playoff Picture: Southern Section 1AA

Next Up: Wednesday, at Beverly Hills

Frank Says: The Eagles are the division’s top seed but must still make the long bus ride from the Inland Empire to the Westside because of Southern Section rules since they finished third in their league (Baseline) while the Normans were second in their league (Ocean).

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santa-monica-wordpress

Record: 19-7

Playoff Picture: Southern Section 1AA

Next Up: Friday, vs. JW North

Frank Says: All in all, this is the most “talented” team not in the Open Division.

the-rest

Next 10 (alpha): Colony 23-5; Edison 22-4; La Canada 24-4; La Jolla Country Day 18-8; Los Alamitos 21-6; Pasadena 20-6; St. John Bosco 17-11; Taft 22-9; Vista 23-3 and Windward 21-6.

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