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NorCal champ De La Salle final Chino Hills obstacle

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – The Chino Hills Huskies are just one victory away from wrapping up a season a perfection this Saturday night in Sacramento.

Coach Steve Baik’s crew earned the trip north via its latest dismantling of one of the state’s best squads, 84-62, over No. 2-ranked Bishop Montgomery before a standing-room-only crowd in the Walter Pyramid on the Long Beach State Campus this past Saturday in the Southern Regional Open Championship game.

The 34-0 Huskies, who play Northern champion Concord De La Salle at 8 o’clock in the Kings’ Sleep Train Arena, beat seven playoff foes (sectional and regional) in Open competition by an average margin of 30.2 points.

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“Rematch Saturday” for SoCal high school hoops

LONG BEACH, Ca. – The matchups set for the State Southern Regional boys finals are such that the collective six games, split between the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State and Colony High in Ontario, can be called “Rematch Saturday”.

Take a gander:

*The Open Division title game (8:30 p.m./Walter Pyramid), pitting 33-0 Chino Hills and 28-2 Bishop Montgomery, is a rematch of a contest played on Jan. 30 at Cerritos College.

The Huskies, despite falling behind 17-6 and later trailing by eight points with about six minutes to go, prevailed, 71-67, in front of an elbow-to-elbow, packed building;

*Crespi and Redondo, the top seeds in Division I who meet for the right to go to Sacramento next week on Saturday at 3 o’clock in the Walt Pyramid, hooked up in Encino March 4.

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Foothills Christian gets third pop at Chino Hills

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – The State Southern Regional semifinals are on tap for Tuesday night, with finals set for Saturday at Ontario Colony High (Division’s III-V) and Long Beach State’s Pyramid (Open-Division II).

Here is a look at the seven regional semifinals involving matchups of teams ranked in the most recent BurlisonOnBasketball Top 25, as well as the updated Top 25:

 

  1. No. 3 Foothills Christian vs. No. 1 Chino Hills at Ontario Colony High

FB Says: The third meeting, with the Huskies prevailing by 20 points on Dec.

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It’s 1-and-done in HS hoops, even for 31-0 Chino Hills

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA – OK, we’re now at the “single-elimination” point of the prep basketball season in California.

There are no longer the safety nets of the regular season or in sectional play in the Open (when a loss dropped a team into the “consolation bracket”) or the other divisions (a spot in the semifinals or at least the final likely still mean a spot in the state regional play).

It is now “one-and-done”, baby.

And that includes 31-0 and top-ranked (nationally as well as in California) Chino Hills, where a loss anytime in its final four potential games (if there is a trip to the March 26 Open state title game in Sacramento) would do a lot to render an already stunning season as a “disappointment”.

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Chino Hills cruises to 31st win, Open championship

ANAHEIM, Ca. – The Chino Hills High basketball team mowed down its final obstacle to a CIF Southern Section Open Division championship Saturday night in the same manner in which it disposed of its first three Open foes.

The Huskies improved to 31-zip with their 105-83 victory over Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (28-4) in the Honda Center and in front of a national television audience.

Over the course of the six Southern Section title games played Saturday, a total of 18,278 paid their way into the building.

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“Showdown Saturday” for Chino Hills & Sierra Canyon

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – It is CIF sectional championship week in Southern California.

Oodles and oodles (that would be 12 in the Southern Section, six in the L.A. City Section and six in the San Diego Section) of pieces of title hardware will be on the line at multiple sites in L.A., Orange and San Diego counties.

The most high-profile of those championship tilts, though, will be played in the three sections’ respective Open divisions.

And the most noteworthy of those will be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday night at 6:30, when the Southern Section showdown will pit unbeaten and top-ranked (everywhere) Chino Hills against No.

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Chino Hills rolls Friday in its sprint to Honda Center

CHINO HILLS, CA – Nothing, it seems, can impede the frantic pace of the Chino Hills High basketball team en route to its collective goal of state and national championships.

The Huskies took a 27-0 record and No. 1 ratings in both California and national polls into the CIF Southern Section’s third edition of its mega-tuff Open Division.

Lonzo Ball and a cast that includes younger brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo then sprinted roughshod over Santa Margarita and Inglewood in the first two rounds by respective scores of 100-66 and 112-78.

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Top 4 SS Open seeds in semifinals for first time

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – Friday night’s CIF Southern Section Open Division semifinal matchups are set and made up of the top four seeds that were unveiled as part of the 16-team field bracket on Feb. 12.

Top seed Chino Hills (29-0) and No. 4 Mater Dei (27-3) moved into their Friday night showdown (7 o’clock at Ayala High in Chino Hills) with relative little fuss or muss.

The Huskies met an opponent that tried to “fight fire with fire” by playing a fast-paced tempo with them Tuesday night and the result was fairly predictable: Chino Hills 112, host Inglewood 78.

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South Bay is the center of SoCal hoops Tuesday

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – The “South Bay” portion of Los Angeles County will play host to three of Tuesday night’s CIF Southern Section Open championship quarterfinals.

Top-ranked Chino Hills takes on host Inglewood (the division’s No. 9 seed and No. 16 in the updated BurlisonOnBasketball Southern California Top 25); No. 2 Bishop Montgomery plays No. 7 Damien (at El Camino College in Torrance) while No. 3 Sierra Canyon is at No. 6 Redondo Union.

The fourth Open matchup will pit No. 5 seed Centennial (No. 9 in the BurlisonOnBasketball Top 25) against No.

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Friday night not upsetting for Open Division

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – If you were looking for anything approaching “surprises” in Southern California high school basketball Friday night, you’d better not have come nosing around the CIF Southern Section’s Open Division.

The debut of arguably the strongest “sectional” playoff anywhere in high school hoops pretty much was status quo along seed lines.

The only thing that quality as a “seed upset” really wasn’t much of one at all, with No. 9 seed Inglewood, down by many as 17 points in the first, rallying to knock off host and No.

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