Russ May will admit that the 2007 version of his Los Alamitos basketball team is not as deep nor as talented as past editions.
The void left after the graduation of McDonald's all-American Landry Fields can't be filled, but the Griffins inside game is as strong as ever with six-foot-nine Clint Amberry, Corbin Moore, and Cameron Jones.
That trio returns from last season's CIF championship team which advanced to the state finals and finished at 29-5.
Al is on pace to its fifth straight 20-win season and to its fifth Sunset League
title in six years with a 14-4 mark and 2-0 in league. They appear recovered
from consecutive losses to
is rounding into his all-CIF first team form, exhibited by his 36 point, 15
rebound output in a 104-87 win over
Daryl Davis and Dillon Ratliff fill out May's starting five, however after that it gets down to linebackers and a starting quarterback.
"Landry was a late-bloomer who had a tremendous work ethic. His influence is still here and can be seen in the young player's in our program," said May, who graduated six other's from last season.
Along with leading Los Alamitos to its first CIF championship, Fields holds the Griffins single season scoring record.
"We're inexperienced at guard, but solid inside where we can rebound and score," said May. Most coaches in the Sunset League agree that it's Los Al and then a fight for second.
got that group back from last year and have to be the favorite to win league
without clinching the Sunset League crown, the Griffins record has made them a
post season shoe-in. May said that down the road, Villa Park,
season, the Griffins have defeated teams from Georgia,
Los Alamitos has an interesting non league contest this season when they travel to play Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos, whom they had to rally to beat 69-64 in the CIF quarterfinals last season.