Chaney and Drisdom both did their parts to help their teams win, scoring 27 and 19 points, respectively. But the Eagles of Verb Dei dominated the glass and that proved the difference in the 71-63 win over the defending CIF-Southern Section Div. V-AA champs. Verb (17-3), a perennial small school power, outrebounded the Grizzlies 40-25, paced by Martin Starr's 10. That was enough to hold off Calvary Chapel (16-4), which didn't make enough shots from the perimeter to mount a challenge late in the game.
In addition to Chaney's 27 points, Starr was the only double figure scorer for Verbum Dei, with 13. Sophomore guard Ralph Miley, a future superstar if he continues to develop at this pace, led Calvary Chapel with 24 points. Senior guard Jonathan James had 10.
In other Dream Classic Games:
Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 65, Horizon (San Diego) 56: This was the event's marquee match-up, a battle between the best of Orange County and the best of San Diego County. Turnovers early helped Horizon (16-4) forge a seven-point halftime lead, but when Horizon star Nate Carter went to the bench with foul trouble early in the third quarter, the Monarchs capitalized. They outscored the Panthers 18-10 in the period and held on for the win. Junior guard Wesley Washington paced Mater Dei (18-4) with 17 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, while Mike Strawberry added 16. Carter finished with 20 points and 11 boards for Horizon.
Price (Los Angeles) 66, Rolling Hills Prep (Rolling Hills Estates) 64: The defending state Div. V champs had to withstand four last second shots from Rolling Hills Prep to claim the Harbor League win. Derrick Williams and Frank Peace combined for 33 points for the Knights, but the talk of the game was brilliant Rolling Hills sophomore Curtis Allen. The 6-4 swingman poured in 31 points from beyond the arc and above the rim in affirming his status as one of Southern California's top underclassmen.
Inglewood 62, Peninsula (Rolling Hills Estates) 57: Playing without star center D'Angelo Collins for the third straight game, the Sentinels got outstanding backcourt play from Ray Reed and Jason McKinney, who combined for 35 points, in downing the Panthers in a Bay League contest. Collins, who is rumored to be headed to the NBA next year, has a knee injury that should keep him out of action for at least another week.
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 74, Diamond Bar 69 (OT): Forward John Haywood, who will play for Loyola Marymount next year, hit a jumper at the end of regulation play to force overtime and scored five of his 23 points in the extra session to lead the Lancers. Khalif Ford, one of the nation's quickest guards, paced Diamond Bar with 16 points.
Mission Viejo 79, Woodbridge (Irvine) 58: Travis Niesen scored 18 points for the Diablos (19-2), who have won 12 games in a row. Woodbridge (13-8) played without injured star guard Patrick Haddan.
Pasadena 62, Los Altos 39: After knocking Muir from the ranks of the unbeaten on Friday, Pasadena continued its winning ways by torching Los Altos. Senior Dino Wilburn scored 16 for the Bulldogs.
Two other prime one-day events were staged in Southern California over the long weekend. Here are the results from the McDonald's Invitational at Pasadena City College and the Lynwood Invitational Shootout at Lynwood High:
Harvard Westlake 72, Artesia 61
Loyola 94, Chaminade 69
Pasadena 45 Monrovia 36
Bishop Montgomery 67, LA Fremont 65
Clovis West 58, Muir 54
Glendora 70, La Canada 58
Lynwood Invitational Shootout
Serra 75, Cabrillo 37
Verbum Dei 69, Lynwood 53
Corona Centennial 67, Ayala 61
Long Beach Poly 63, Long Beach Jordan 34