The Rolling Hills Prep State preview Classic kicks off tomorrow, January 27, 2018 at Cerritos college. A look at the schedule as we breakdown a few marquee match-ups.
Admission $13 / Parking $2
LB Jordan vs. Crean Lutheran, 9:30 a.m.;
Heritage Christian vs. Brentwood, 11 a.m.;
Durango vs. Maranatha, 12:30 p.m.;
Loyola vs. Rolling Hills, 2 p.m.;
Wasatch (UT) vs. Taft, 3:30 p.m.;
Corona Centennial vs. Oak Park, 5 p.m.;
Fairfax vs. Bishop Montgomery, 7 p.m.;
Santa Monica vs. Chino Hills, 8:30 p.m.
Wasatch (UT) vs Taft 3:30pm
Taft (20-6, 4-1) is rejuvenated, defeating Birmingham 67-66 in OT Jan 19, 2018. Taft Sr. PG Kihei Clark (Virginia commit), has developed that killer instinct ACC PG’s need to excel at the next level. Wasatch is from Utah and doesn’t shy away from CA opponents. They took the ‘ship (twice) during the SFV Invitational tourney, this year defeating Granada Hills Charter December 20, 2017 by a score of 60-48. The Tigers have 10 players 6’5 and over with a seven footer to anchor the middle. Good lord…can someone say eat family! Don’t know how skilled their bigs are but if they look as good on paper, it might spell for a long night for Taft Head Coach Derrick Taylor and the smaller Toreadors. Taft plays El Camino Real in a tough league game on the road tonight at 7pm. The Toreadors will have to pace themselves in order to be at full strength come Saturday evening at Cerritos College.
Corona Centennial (13-8, 5-0) vs Oak Park (15-6, 5-0) 5pm
Both teams come in battle tested, having played top notch holiday tourney opponents that – because of valuable playing experience – should allow both teams deep runs during the 2018 CIF-SS playoffs. Oak Park has Utah Commit Riley ‘Mr.Postman’ Battin and the Slajchert brothers – who pull the bow and arrow and run sets with the best of them. Corona Centennial is a young, scrappy team, taking clubs to the wire even though they lack the veteran experience of a senior laden team (only one Sr. on their squad). If Oak Park is healthy and at full strength, their battled-tested Seniors might prove too much to handle for Cen10. To make it worse, Corona plays Roosevelt tonight so they better get mommy to tuck them in or it could be a long bus ride home to the IE Saturday from Cerritos.
Fairfax (14-6, 5-1) vs Bishop Montgomery (21-0, 4-0) 7pm
Big boys on a big stage. Fairfax has something to prove. Bishop Montgomery is the bomb. Fairfax looks poised to make some noise during the LA City Section open division playoffs. Bishop Montgomery is favored to win it all during the CIF SS Open Division playoffs. Fairfax must start strong and limit their mental lapses where they go stretches without scoring buckets. It will be a daunting task to say the least, as Bishop Montgomery has staked its calm as a national powerhouse under Coach Mitchell, playing the game the right way and possessing a stifling defense that make 5 Star studs scratch their heads in dismay. Fairfax looks to stay on course with league rival Westchester, who’s played BM tough twice but coming up short on both occasions. It’ll be a good barometer, seeing just how potent Fairfax’s offensive attack can be against one of the better defensive teams in the country.
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