Cal Hi unbeaten streak ends

California High of San Ramon and California High of Whittier are frequently known as "Cal Hi" by locals, which can cause confusion in those communities if they think Cal-Hi Sports is only about their schools. Neither school has known much success in sports on a grand scale, but that could change this year with the Cal Hi boys basketball team.

The Grizzlies have been among the most surprising teams in the state this season and entered last week as one of only two squads who play in the state's top three enrollment-based divisions with an undefeated record.

And while the team's dream of playing for a Division II state title is still very much alive, thoughts of going unbeaten are now officially dead. Cal Hi met up with East Bay Athletic League rival Amador Valley on Thursday and lost, 48-40. That dropped the Grizzlies to 16-1 overall, 3-1 in league.

Amador Valley has been hot lately as well, mostly due to the play of 6-7 junior Thomas Juillerat. He was largely ineffective against Cal with seven points, but Raymond White came up with 14 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, to fuel the victory. The Grizzlies also contributed to their own demise as they made just one of 14 shots from the field in the fourth quarter, enabling Amador Valley to erase a 34-33 deficit over the game's last eight minutes.

California's loss, combined with a similar loss a week ago by then unbeaten Muir of Pasadena, means that Centennial of Compton is now the state's only undefeated team in any of the top three divisions. The Apaches rolled on in three Ocean League victories in recent days, beating South of Torrance, 61-39, Hawthorne, 89-48, and Beverly Hills, 64-39. Centennial is currently No. 1 in the Division III state rankings.

There also are a handful of squads from the state's two smallest divisions that are still unbeaten. Perhaps the best of that bunch is Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, which improved to 19-0 with a 62-55 win over Stoneridge Prep of Tarzana. Oaks Christian is a new school and no seniors are on the current squad. The team also won last week in overtime vs. Camp Kilpatrick of Malibu and earlier this year posted a win over La Salle of Pasadena, one of the highest-ranked CIF Southern Section teams that play Division IV.


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