Frank Says: This is the fourth meeting of the league and area rivals, with Roosevelt having won the first three contests by a margin of 5.3 points. It should be every bit as tight in this one, as well.
This Season: 24-8/Big VIII League runner-up
Coach: Josh Giles
Vs. The Field: 3-7 (beat Alemany, 70-50, and Heritage Christian, 87-70; Lost to Roosevelt three times, 66-64; 81-73 and 71-65; L.B. Poly, 63-51; Mater Dei, 51-49; Santa Margarita, 52-51; Damien, 78-69)
Seniors To Watch: Jalen Hill (6-9), UCLA; Gio Nelson (6-4), UC Davis. But Nelson suffered a season-ending knee injury several weeks ago.
This Season: 20-7/Big VIII League champion
Coach: Stephen Singleton
Vs. The Field: 7-4 (Beat Redondo, 81-70; Oak Park, twice, 62-50, and 75-65; Crossroads, 64-51; Centennial three times, 66-64; 81-73 and 71-65; lost to Chino Hills, 76-68; Damien, 62-61; Santa Margarita, 70-64, and Mater Dei, 71-55)
Seniors To Watch: Jemarl Baker (6-4), UC Berkeley and Matt Mitchell (6-6), Cal State Fullerton.
Damien vs. Redondo Union
Frank Says: These programs have rosters flowing with exceptional guards, seniors Ryse Williams, Jailen Moore and Jace Bass of Redondo and Ezekiel Alley and Colin Cunliff of Damien, as well as juniors Zekiah Lovett of Redondo and Cameron Shelton and Eli McCullough of Damien.
This Season: 27-4/Baseline League runner-up
Coach: Mike LeDuc
Vs. The Field: 4-4 (Beat Centennial, 78-69; L.B. Poly, 71-63; Roosevelt, 62-61; JSerra, 88-2; Lost to Mater Dei, 82-63; Chino Hills twice, 119-84 and 124-102, and Sierra Canyon, 95-81)
Seniors To Watch: No one signed in November but 6-6 Justin Hemsley could have multiple options in the spring.
This Season: 25-5/Bay League champion
Coach: Victor Martin
Vs. The Field: 3-2 (Beat L.B. Poly, 58-50; Crossroads, 63-61, and Santa Margarita, 85-77; lost to Santa Margarita, 83-57, and Roosevelt, 81-70)
Seniors To Watch: Ryse Williams (6-3), Loyola Marymount.