Centennial up to No. 2 in top 20 boys ranks

Now that nearly all top teams have lost two or three times, Apaches get benefit of the doubt and have been slotted in behind No. 1 Westchester. If last week's game vs. Fairfax is an indication, though, there's a pretty huge gap between No. 1 and No. 2.


(All divisions; NorCal & SoCal combined)

1. (1) Westchester (Los Angeles) 14-1

There was no doubt this time as Comets crushed previous No. 2 Fairfax, 100-68, in league game. Fairfax lost by just 86-84 in first meeting.

2. (5) Centennial (Compton) 15-0

Sterling Byrd emerges as scoring option in easy wins over Culver City and West of Torrance.

3. (2) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 17-3

Yes, the Lions got blown out by Westchester, but they still have a win over Clovis West and last week's No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 all lost, too.

4. (7) Clovis West (Fresno) 15-2

The Golden Eagles haven't lost in the Tri-River Athletic Conference since the league was formed six years ago.

5. (8) Eisenhower (Rialto) 16-2

Sean Marshall starred with 32 points and 14 rebounds in 73-66 win over A.B. Miller, which was 15-2 coming in.

6. (9) Poly (Long Beach) 13-2

Marcedes Lewis, only a few weeks removed from football, had 14 points and 13 rebounds in team's latest win.

7. (10) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 15-4

After impressing in win vs. previous No. 4 Santa Margarita, Monarchs are in familiar position: No. 1 in the state, but in unfamiliar Division II.

8. (3) Fremont (Los Angeles) 14-2

The Pathfinders were unable to hold 13-point lead in 75-70 loss to Dorsey. Also won last week 105-66 vs. Jefferson.

9. (6) Inglewood 13-3

Six-foot-10 center DeAngelo Collins went down with a knee injury just a minute into a game vs. Mira Costa that the Sentinels wound up losing, 46-41. Status for rest of season unknown as of Monday.

10. (11) Technical (Oakland) 15-3

Chalk up two wins for the Bulldogs in tough Oakland Athletic League play. Now looking toward Jan. 21 matchup vs. De La Salle.

11. (12) Muir (Pasadena) 17-0

Mustangs should get tested in Pacific League play by arch-rival Pasadena as well as Crescenta Valley.

12. (13) Riordan (San Francisco) 16-1

Bulky center John Tofi didn't play in the only game the Crusaders lost this season.

13. (15) Centennial (Corona) 13-2

J.R. Reese scored 24 points and 18 points in leading Huskies to a pair of league wins.

14. (4) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 17-2

Loss to Mater Dei partly due to 22 percent field goal shooting. Team also won last week over Div. II state-ranked St. John Bosco.

15. (nr) Dorsey (Los Angeles) 10-4

Dons had a huge week, beating previous No. 16 Crenshaw and previous No. 3 Fremont. They also have a win over Inglewood.

16. (17) De La Salle (Concord) 10-3

Like Oakland Tech, Spartans also prepping for Jan. 21 matchup at St. Mary's College. Dorsey got to jump in ahead of them in the rankings since DLS lost to Crenshaw on Jan. 5.

17. (18) Horizon (San Diego) 14-3

Nate Carter scored 17 and 18 points, respectively, in wins over Christian of El Cajon and La Jolla Country Day.

18. (19) Glendora 15-1

Larry Monroe poured in 28 points in 62-61 win over Upland, then got 21 in 70-63 triumph over Walnut.

19. (20) Carlsbad 16-3

Lancers hold down No. 2 ranking for San Diego after wins last week over Ramona and Mt. Carmel of San Diego.

20. (16) Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 12-5

The Cougars make it five L.A. City squads among the top 20 since their loss last week was by just three to Dorsey and they still have recent win vs. De La Salle.

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