Previewing the CIF-SD Open Division Semifinals



Follow St. Augustine vs. Foothills Christian

Frank Says: St. Augustine knocked off Foothills Christian in a Torrey Pines Holiday Classic “Showcase game” on Dec. 26. Two of the best players in San Diego, Jaylen Hands of Foothills Christian and Taeshon Cherry of St. Augustine, will be on display.


This Season: 24-5/Coastal League co-champion

Coach: Brad Leaf

Vs. The Field: 4-1 (beat Torrey Pines, 74-63; Mission Hills, 83-63; La Jolla Country Day, 70-57; Mater Dei Catholic, 64-57; lost to St. Augustine, 85-75)

Seniors To Watch: McDonald’s All-American guard Jaylen Hands to UCLA


This Season: 25-4/Western League champion

Coach: Mike Haupt

Vs. The Field: 3-0 (beat Foothills Christian, 85-75; La Jolla Country Day, 78-68; and La Costa Canyon, 68-45)

Seniors To Watch: 6-2 Otto Taylor could get some offers in the spring.


Follow Torrey Pines vs. Vista

Frank Says: Both teams have solid backcourts. But Jake Gilliam’s inside prowess could prove the difference for Torrey Pines in the teams’ second meeting.


This Season: 27-3/Avocado East League champion

Coach: Anthony Bolton

Vs. The Field: 2-3 (won two of three games with Mission Hills, losing 70-66, and winning, 66-63, and 70-63; lost to Torrey Pines, 59-51; La Jolla Country Day, 54-52)

Seniors To Watch: None but there are several juniors, including Taurus Samuels, who could sign next fall.


This Season: 27-3/Avocado League-West champion

Coach: John Olive

Vs. The Field: 6-1 (beat La Costa Canyon twice, 73-53 and 73-62; Mater Dei Catholic, 69-52; Vista, 59-51; La Jolla Country Day, twice, 71-61, and 60-53; lost to Foothills Christian, 74-63)

Seniors To Watch: 6-9 Jake Gilliam is likely to sign in the spring

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