Top BB teams clash at Cerritos College Saturday

NORWALK, Ca. – Nine boys’ basketball programs that played in either the CIF Southern or Los Angeles Sections’ Open Division playoffs last season highlight the eight-game field for the Rolling Hills Prep Fall Classic Saturday at Cerritos Community College.

Defending State Open Division-champion Bishop Montgomery – led by three returning starters in seniors David Singleton (committed to UCLA) and Fletcher Tynen (Boston University) and junior Gianni Hunt – faces Temecula Rancho Christian in the 8 p.m. event final.

Rancho Christian is led by the Brothers Mobley, junior Isaiah and sophomore Evan.

Two programs that have played in each of the first four Southern Section Open playoff fields (but have never hooked up during those playoffs), Mater Dei and Sierra Canyon, are scheduled for a 6:30 tipoff.

The Monarchs, the runners-up to Bishop Montgomery in both the Southern Section and State Southern Region Open finals, are led by two-time all-Southern Section point guard Spencer Freedman (committed to Harvard) and 7-foot-2 Bol Bol.

Sierra Canyon is loaded by numerous quality transfers, including junior Cassius Stanley (from Harvard-Westlake) and Ohio State-bound guard Duane Washington (from Grand Rapids, MI).

Thirteen of the seniors on the rosters of the collective 16 teams have already made commitments to sign with NCAA Division I-affiliated programs next month.

And eleven of the teams will participate in the second Classic at Damien (Dec. 26-30), the top post-Christmas tournament in California.

The action is set to begin at 9 in the morning when Taft, paced by all-L.A. City point guard Kihei Clark (committed to Virginia), is challenged by Dominguez which is led by Cal State Fullerton-bound Wayne Arnold.

Admission is $10 for the entire set of games, with parking (via the school’s parking kiosk) at $2.

 

Saturday schedule

9 a.m., Woodland Hills Taft vs. Compton Dominguez

10:30, San Pedro Rolling Hills Prep vs. La Canada St. Francis

Noon, Redondo Beach Redondo Union vs. Long Beach Poly

1:30 p.m., La Verne Damien vs. Santa Monica

3, Pasadena Maranatha vs. RSM Santa Margarita

4:30, L.A. Fairfax vs. Pasadena

6:30, Santa Ana Mater Dei vs. Chatsworth Sierra Canyon

8, Torrance Bishop Montgomery vs. Temecula Rancho Christian

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