Marquee Match-ups

January 15, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Marquee Match-ups
Rankings from Maxpreps

Class of 2018 6’9 F Andrea Aquino – seen here after a ball-fake, getting to the rack against Etiwanda –  had to sit until January 2018. She’s a true stud-muffin indeed, punching her ticket to Oregon State. Image taken during the 2017 Fall Showcase held at Lynwood High.

Ribet Academy Fighting Frogs (21-2 #11 State, #36 National) vs.
St. Mary’s Rams (16-2 #3, #11)  530pm
St. Mary’s MLK Showcase (Stockton, CA)

The Fighting Frogs should be at full strength (barring any injuries) going into today’s marquee match-up against national powerhouse St. Mary’s.  6’9 Stretch 4 Andrea Aquino – the number 7 player in the State of Cali’ per ESPN, is back on deck, after having to sit the first 18 games of the season due to CIF transfer rules. The Oregon State commit holds a 5 Star, 98 rating per ESPN and rightfully so, with skill-sets that allow her to handle the rock in the back court to break a press, or turn, face, and go to work on the block.  Her game is so versatile that Ribet Academy has a great chance of surprising St Mary’s, who’ll have home court advantage and tourney momentum, defeating national power Centennial of Las Vegas by a score of 78-61 Saturday, January 13, 2018.  Ribet Academy went to work in their Game 1 Saturday as well, defeating Heritage 60-44.  Tip off is set for 5:30pm.  You may want to drive out and check this one out for yourself.

Jr. PG Rejean ‘Boogie’ Ellis and Mission Bay come to town today for an MLK match up against Orange Lutheran. This young man has enough swag and skills to be one of the elite recruits in the Class of 2019.

Mission Bay (16-3, #25 State Rank)
vs Orange Lutheran 7pm

Olu Hoopfest
Orange Lutheran High

Maybe not so much of a marquee match-up but it’s always nice when a team comes to Socal to visit – with the intent of going to work in someone else’s backyard.  San Diego Mission Bay comes to town to do just that, with enough pieces to be special.  Having seen them on the final day of Tourney play of the 2017 Torrey Pines Holiday Classic this past December in San Diego, and getting a glimpse of Rejean ‘Boogie’ Ellis shot call at the PG position, it’s going to be entertaining as well as a chance for this young man to shine – having somewhat of a coming out party for us socal folks.  Olu comes in with an 8-10 record, going 5-5 in their last 10.  Let’s hope Olu can ‘turn up’ and make a game of it, making sure Boogie doesn’t do too much dancing on their home court, on MLK Day.


Harvard Westlake vs Centennial (Las Vegas)
St. Mary’s MLK Tourney  – Stockton (CA)

Wondering if the wonder twin duo of Jayda and Jayla Ruffus-Milner are healthy and the lady Wolverines are at full strength for this marquee match up, pitting nationally ranked #12 Harvard Westlake against the #1 ranked team in the State of Nevada. Centennial comes in with a chip on their shoulder. After losing to St Mary’s Saturday, by a score of 78-61, it’s safe to say that they don’t want to lose to two CA teams to celebrate the MLK weekend.  Having had a good night sleep and a day of practice to ponder their loss, look for Centennial to come out firing on all cylinders.  Harvard Westlake has the nucleus to defeat any opposing team, as the twins continue to be special, allowing their younger players to feed off of their super powers.  Should be a great barometer seeing how Harvard Westlake competes against a national power on a big stage.

Didn’t see a lot of familiar faces for Bishop Montgomery during the Take Flight Challenge Jan 05, 2018. Players still stepped up and stepped out during their victory over Sierra Canyon.  Can you say next man up? Popscout

Bishop Montgomery vs Bingham(UT)
Salt Lake Community College 6pm

Bishop Montgomery hits the road after silencing any critics about who’s the Boss Hog in Sunny Southern California.  Slaying all dragons thus far on their way to being special. The Knights come in hands down as the #1 Team in the State of CA (#3 Nationally) with an undefeated record of 16-0.  Don’t know too much about their opponent or anything about the logistics of their trip today.  We do know that the Knights will come out ready to play, with their games faces on, as Coach Doug Mitchell prepares his troops like no other. So whatever team they’ll be facing, rest assured the Knights will be ready to play.

Look for Bishop Gorman to benefit from a home cooked meal, giving teams all they can handle during the 2017 Tark’ Classic. Jamal Bey is special (UW commit). (Popscout Graphics)

Bishop Gorman vs Sierra Canyon 530pm
Coronado High Las Vegas
MLK Showcase

Great chance for Cassius Sanely and co. to step out and showcase their talents on a big stage.  Not that we don’t know what The Trailblazers bring to the table, but it will be nice to see them match up against the recent 2017 Champions of the Tarkanian Classic Platinum Division – who boast Washington Commit Jamal Bey and a few other pieces that look D1 ready. Should give Sierra Canyon and Head Coach Andre Chevalier chances to draw something up and pull a few rabbits out of his hat – allowing us to evaluate the play of Lil Scotty, D. Wash, and K. Mart against another Elite program, both vying for national player recognition.

Other Games on tap

Girls (Times subject to change)

MLK Showcase @ Village Christian (Girls and Boys)
New Park girls vs. Chaminade jv 9:30 am
Agoura girls vs spring valley 11
Agoura vs green valley 12:30 pm
Chaminade girls vs oaks chr. 2 pm
New park girls vs village 3:30 pm
Oaks Chr. vs Dorsey 5 pm
Notre Dame vs Simi Valley 6:30
La Canada vs Village chr. 8



Jan 15, 2018 St Marys Showcase – Day 2 (Girls)
8:30a     Lincoln vs Mark Keppel
10a        Centennial vs Harvard Westlake
1130a    Alemany vs Salesian
1pm      Cardinal Newman vs La Jolla Country Day


230p     Sacred Heart vs Fairmont Prep
4pm     McClatchy vs Sierra Canyon
530p     Ribet Academy vs St. Mary’s
7pm     Central Fresno vs Mission Hills
8pm     Presentation vs Davis


Serra Showcase (Girls)
1020am Santa Barbara vs La Salle
1140am Legacy vs LB Millikan
1pm Carson vs Lakeside
220pm Lynwood vs Westchester
340pm Narbonne vs Mira Costa
5pm Serra vs Etiwanda
620pm Eagle Rock vs Redondo


Mater Dei vs Canyon (Canyon Country) 4pm
Ventura Showcase @ Orangewood Academy

Legacy @ North 4:30pm

Birmingham vs Crossroads 730pm
MLK Showcase

Boys (Times subject to change)


OLu Hoopfest presented by Adidas (Orange Lutheran HS – 1/15/18)

Mission Bay (San Diego) vs. Orange Lutheran, 7 pm
Rancho Christian (Temecula) vs. Centennial (Corona), 5:30 pm
Alemany (Mission Hills) vs. Villa Park, 4 pm
Santa Clarita Christian (Santa Clarita) vs. Windward (Los Angeles), 2:30 pm
Los Alamitos vs. Mayfair (Lakewood), 1 pm
Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) vs. Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) 11:30 am
Foothills Christian (El Cajon) vs. Lynwood, 10 am


MLK Classic (Henderson Coronado HS – 1/15/18)

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) vs. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth), 5:30 pm
Coronado (Henderson, Nev.) vs. Crossroads (Santa Monica), 4 pm
Clark (Las Vegas) vs. Culver City, 2:30 pm
Foothill (Henderson, Nev.) vs. Executive Prep (Gardena), 1 pm
Centennial (Las Vegas) vs. Rancho Solano Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.), 11:30 am
Las Vegas vs. Executive Prep (Gardena), 10 am


Maxpreps MLK Classic (McKeon Pavilion @ St. Mary’s College – 1/15/18)

Salesian (Richmond) vs. Modesto Christian, 6:45 pm
Damien (La Verne) vs. De La Salle (Concord), 5 pm
Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) vs. Pleasant Grove (Utah), 3:15 pm
Oak Park vs. Valley Christian (San Jose), 1:30 pm
Woodcreek (Roseville) vs. Moreau Catholic (Hayward), 11:45 am
Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) vs. St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo), 10 am


MLK Day Showdown (L.A. Price HS – 1/15/18)

Brentwood (Los Angeles) vs. Price (Los Angeles), 7:30 pm
Serra (Gardena) vs. View Park Prep (Los Angeles), 6 pm
El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) vs. Washington Prep (Los Angeles), 4:30 pm
Leuzinger (Lawndale) vs. Colony (Ontario), 3:30 pm
Millikan (Long Beach) vs. King Drew (Los Angeles), 1:30 pm
Schurr (Montebello) vs. University (Los Angeles), 12 pm

Playing as a unit and learning the game the right way will benefit in the development of this young man. (Popscout)

MLK Showcase (Village Christian HS – 1/15/18)

La Canada vs. Village Christian (Sun Valley), 8 pm
Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) vs. Simi Valley, 6:30 pm
Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) vs. Dorsey (Los Angeles), 5 pm
Agoura (Agoura Hills) vs. Green Valley (Henderson, Nev.), 12:30 pm 





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