South Bay hoops league on tap at Redondo HS

REDONDO BEACH, Ca. – The Hoop Masters South Bay Fall Basketball League is on tap again Saturday at Redondo Union High with a strong schedule of games pitting players from some of the better teams in Southern California.

The schedule:

Main Gymnasium: 10 a.m. Montebello’s Finest (Cantwell-Sacred Heart players) vs. The Zahn’s (Redondo Union players), junior varsity; 11 a.m, The Zahn’s vs. The Collins (Harvard-Westlake); Noon, Amir Johnson (Westchester) vs. IE’s Finest (Chino Hills); 1 p.m., D. DeRozan (Compton) vs. C. Smith (Fairfax); 2, IE’s Finest vs.

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Sunday hoops were popping at Lynwood, Westminster

LYNWOOD and WESTMINSTER, Ca. – Courtesy the 710 and 405 freeways, Sunday proved a productive day for zeroing in on some of the best high school basketball individual – and team – talent in Southern California.

The first stop was at Lynwood High, where middle school hoops impresario Julius von Hanzlik held a “Julius V Select 24” double-dip, the first game pitting some of the best in the Southland’s Class of 2019 (freshmen) and the second with the Class of 2018 (sophomores) on display.

Many of the players who participated on Sunday also participated in the Sept.

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Freedman, Bernard, Singleton lead All-West standouts

NORWALK, Ca. – The much-better-than-average depth in the western classes of 2018&19 was on display on Sunday’s second and final day of the Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp at Cerritos Community College.

Wrapping up the action were Top 60 and Top 30 all-star games, which followed two rounds of games on Sunday morning and early afternoon.

In the first game the “White” jersey-wearing squad defeated its “Black” counterpart, 92-69.

Six-foot-five Trey Johnson – who, along with his father, made the 16-hour trek, by automobile, from Idaho Falls to Southern California to participate in the camp – scored 15 points for the winning squad to garner Most Outstanding Player honors (from my perspective, at least).

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SoCal guards impress at Pangos Fr-So Camp Saturday

NORWALK, Ca. – Much of the very best in the western high school classes of 2018 and ’19 was on display Saturday afternoon and evening during the Pangos All-Frosh/Soph Camp at Cerritos College.

And the guards in those respective classes were especially impressive – and, often, spectacular – for much of Saturday.

*Spencer Freedman seemed to do pretty much whatever he so desired in the two games he played for the “Colorado” squad Saturday.

The left-handed Santa Ana Mater Dei High transfer (who had a very good freshman season at Santa Monica) scored at will, via mid- to deep-range jump shots and nifty drives, and also delivered passes where and when they needed to be delivered.

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Hoop Masters/South Bay fall league begins Saturday

REDONDO BEACH, Ca. – The Hoop Masters High School Fall League, hosted by Redondo Union High, tips off on Saturday at noon.

The schedule:

Main Gym/Noon, Del Amo (players from West Torrance High) vs. 91 Freeway (Eastvale Roosevelt); 1 p.m., Josh Childress (Mayfair) vs. Trevor Ariza (Westchester); 2, D Wright (Leuzinger) vs. 91 Freeway; 3, Dijon Thompson (Redondo) vs. D Hi (Dominguez).

Small Gym/Noon, The Holidays (Campbell Hall) vs. Atlantic Avenue (Long Beach Poly); 1, Demar DeRozan (Compton) vs. 90210 (Beverly Hills); 3, The Cravens (Bishop Montgomery) vs.

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Deja Ball for Chino Hills; all-Massey Memorial picks

LONG BEACH, Ca. – The second Ron Massey Memorial Fall Hoops Classic followed pretty much the same script as did the first version of the event:

And as the case in 2014, that meant that the Chino Hills High squad was posing on the floor after the final game with pictures being snapped in the aftermath of its championship effort.

And it was the same fellow pulling each and everyone same figurative string on the court that he did a year ago.

And six-foot-five senior Lonzo Ball used his team’s three games to offer the usual abundance of evidence that he is without peer as a player in Southern California and well beyond, no doubt.

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Chino Hills, Sierra Canyon to clash in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Ca. – Saturday’s Day I of the second Ron Massey Memorial Fall Hoops Classic featured nine games’ and about 11 ½ hours worth of some mostly terrific Southland high school competition.

And the last four of those played set the table for what could be a spectacular Day II on Sunday at Jordan High.

After five “showcase” games were played Saturday, several of the very best 2015-16 teams in Southern California along with Nevada power Las Vegas Bishop Gorman hooked up in consecutive games of the “tournament” portion of the event.

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The Ron Massey Memorial event on tap this weekend

LONG BEACH, Ca. – The second annual Ron Massey Memorial Fall Hoops Classic is set for Saturday and Sunday at Jordan High – the campus on which Massey served as the boys’ varsity basketball coach for 28 years.

And it features a field of teams from some of the very best programs in Southern California and will serve as an ex facto “two-day preview to the 2015 CIF Southern Section playoffs.”

Five “showcase games” are scheduled, beginning at 11 o’clock Saturday morning.

An eight-team playoff – made of players from Nevada State powerhouse Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and those from seven programs likely to be participants in the 2016 Southern Section Open Division playoffs – tips at 5 p.m.

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Pac Shores Tournament with another impressive field

REDONDO BEACH, Ca. – The Pacific Shores Tournament will once again serve as the “tip off”, of sorts, to the Southern California high school basketball season.

The 64th version of the event, with Redondo Union High once again serving as tournament host via its two nifty gymnasiums, gets underway on Nov. 23 (a Monday) and wraps up five evenings later (Nov. 28).

The first-round matchups and tournament bracket haven’t been finalized yet.

But there is another terrific 16-team field, 13 of those coming from the CIF Southern Section schools and three others from the L.A.

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Friday night is prime EATing time for L.V. preps

LAS VEGAS – The first-ever #EAT911 Showcase, held in the Tarkanian Center Friday evening, proved every bit the hit its producer could have hoped for.

It was a virtual up-close-and-personal look at the core players from the Bishop Gorman and Findlay Prep programs – with some other nifty prospects, from Las Vegas and other spots, on display as well.

With Atlanta-based trainer Mark Edwards and Tank Thornton (father of Duke freshman point guard Derryck Thornton) leading pre-games drill work and then doing the subbing in the “Frosh-Soph” and “Juniors-Seniors” games, multiple players stood out during the five-hour (give or take) event.

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