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Around the Divisions

Posted: January 26, 2009 9:41 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Welcome to "Around the Divisions." Every Tuesday, you will become educated about the competition outside the Foothill League. We'll give you a breakdown of the top teams, based off of CIF-Southern Section polls, competing in the same divisions as the Foothill League teams. So when it comes to playoff time, you will know who to look out for. We debut this week with a look at boys basketball. There are five Foothill teams that are currently ranked in the Southern Section. They play in four different divisions. Here's how the top three teams in each division look.

Division II-AA
In the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA poll, released Monday, West Ranch came in at No. 6 and Valencia was No. 8. Here are the top three.

No. 1 Thousand Oaks
Record: 18-2, 8-0 in the Marmonte League
Last game: Friday, 79-66 win over Agoura
Thousand Oaks head coach Rich Endres appears to be holding his cards close to his vest. Stats and a roster are absent from the Lancers' maxpreps.com page. But the Ventura County Star has a good accounting of the team. Alex Tiffin appears to be the team's big-time player, averaging a team high 11.6 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per contest, according to venturacountystar.com. The squad is averaging 64.2 points per game and giving up 50.9.

No. 2 Leuzinger of Lawndale
Record: 15-5, 3-1 in the Bay League
Last game: Friday, 76-50 win over Redondo
The Olympians are getting at least 10 points per game from three players. Jerry Evans has been the team's key player. The 6-foot-7-inch senior forward is averaging 14.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. His offense has slowed down lately, but he scored 29 points on Dec. 5 against Taft. Leuzinger averages 73.1 points per game and gives up 60.3.

No. 3 Marina of Huntington Beach
Record: 17-3, 4-0 in the Sunset League
Last game: Friday, 61-59 win over Esperanza
The Vikings have two dominant stars in Brendan Holmes and Garrett James. James, a 6-foot-1-inch junior guard, is filling it up, scoring 24.1 points per contest. He's also grabbing five boards per game. His guard sidekick, James, is giving the Vikings 17.9 points, 8.9 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game. Marina is scoring 70.1 points per game and surrendering 60.

Division II-A
Saugus is the No. 10 team in the Division II-A poll.

No. 1. Eisenhower of Rialto
Record: 17-3, 6-1 in the Citrus Belt League
Last game: Thursday, 82-54 win over Fontana
Eisenhower is a scoring machine, averaging 81.4 points per contest. The Eagles' season-high is 127 points against Rialto on Jan. 6. Senior point guard Andrew Bock was recently nominated for the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Team. Eisenhower is the No. 19 team in the state, according to calpreps.com.

No. 2 La Mirada
Record: 19-2, 6-0 in the Suburban League
Last game: Friday, 63-44 win over Norwalk
Senior Derrick Williams is leading the Matadores charge at 24.3 points per game and 8.7 boards per contest. On the defensive side, he's giving La Mirada 2.5 blocks and 2.3 steals per game. The Matadores are scoring 72.7 points per game and allowing 51.2 points per game.

No. 3 Loyola of Los Angeles
Record: 13-5, 6-1 in the Mission League
Last game: Saturday, 67-57 win over Notre Dame
Loyola has shown the ability to score a lot of points (101 on Dec. 10) and allow very few (28 on Jan. 9). Lanky junior guard Miles Cartright is averaging 21.8 points per game. Three players are averaging in double digits.

Division III-AA
The Hart Indians are the No. 11 team in Division III-AA.

No. 1. Campbell Hall of North Hollywood
Record: 13-5, 4-0 in the Olympic League
Last game: Saturday, 69-62 loss to Modesto Christian
The Vikings have lost two straight games. Despite that, Campbell Hall is allowing 51.4 points per game and getting it done offensively by a scoring foursome. Austin McBroom (16.2 points per game), James Johnson (15.8), Keegan Hornbuckle (12.9) and Bryce Brady (11.2) have made Campbell Hall a tough team to defend.

No. 2. Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita
Record: 15-5, 2-2 in the Trinity League
Last game: Friday, 59-53 win over JSerra Catholic
The thing that sticks out about the Eagles, is their size. Eleven of the team's players are 6-feet-3-inches or taller. Senior Jessee Hazely, at 6-feet-7-inches, was nominated for the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Team.

No. 3 Canyon of Anaheim
Record: 14-6, 4-0 in the Century League
Last game: Friday, 51-36 win over Villa Park
The Comanches have won seven straight. Five of those are double-digit victories. Three players are averaging double digits in scoring. Braden Priest is the leading scorer at 12.3 points per contest.

Division III-A
Golden Valley is the No. 4 team in Division III-A.

No. 1 Diamond Ranch of Pomona
Record: 15-4, 3-0 in the Miramonte League
Last game: Saturday, 47-46 win over Rowland
Chris Cunningham, a 6-foot-10-inch center, is signed to play at the University of Santa Clara next season. Garrett Johnson, a 6-foot-5-inch guard is signed to Fresno State. The pair lead a team that is ranked 16th in the state by calpreps.com.

No. 2 Sonora of La Habra
Record: 19-1, 4-0 in the Freeway League
Last game: 50-42 win over Fullerton
Sonora is one of the stingiest teams in the Southern Section, allowing just 43.5 points per game. In the team's most recent game, Marcus Farrand scored 18 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and blocked five shots. The 6-foot-6-inch center has scored in double digits in all but two games this season. Sonora is rated at No. 27 in the state by calpreps.com.

No. 3 Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood
Record: 14-5, 6-0 in the Mission League
Last game: Saturday, 66-58 win over Chaminade
Harvard-Westlake is another team that has multiple offensive threats. Austin Kelly (14.8 points per game), Erik Swoope (12.9), Damiene Cain (11.1) and Nate Bulluck (10.2) are the team's top scorers. Cain is also averaging 10.3 rebounds per contest.

Maxpreps.com, venturacountystar.com, calpreps.com and ocvarsity.com were all used in research for this story.


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