1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 20-2
Coach Gary McKnight used no starters in the Monarchs' 96-41 win over Westminster to keep the score down. This also allowed Rahbie Haynes and Jonathan Gunderson to get their names mentioned, too, as each scored 20 points. Mater Dei should have smooth sailing from now on until deep in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
2. (2) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 18-1
It was Alex Bausley's turn to have a strong week for the Lions. The 6-6 senior had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a 80-38 victory over Los Angeles and had 20 points and seven assists in a 82-46 romp past Venice. Kevin Bell added 18 points and 12 assists against Los Angeles.
3. (3) Westchester (Los Angeles) 19-2
There's buzz on the East Coast that the Comets might not be able to make their upcoming trip to New Jersey to face LeBron James and company at the Prime Time Shootout. That would be too bad, but it might open the door for LeBron's team to go up against unbeaten McQuaid Jesuit of Rochester, N.Y., in a matchup that would go a long way toward determining the mythical national title. If Westchester goes, a win over St. Vincent-St. Mary also would be a win for all California teams.
4. (4) Horizon (San Diego) 18-1
The Panthers cruised to two more easy wins, first whipping Army-Navy of Carlsbad, 89-31, and then clubbing El Cajon, 76-40. Jared Dudley averaged 24 points in the two wins with outings of 28 and 20, respectively.
5. (5) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 19-1
It was a quiet week as well for the Knights. In their only reported outing, Fred Washington scored 17 points in an easy 78-41 victory vs. St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs.
6. (6) El Camino (Oceanside) 18-3
Crosstown rival Oceanside had the Wildcats breathing hard at the end of the third quarter in a 50-49 score. But a strong fourth quarter enabled El Camino to post a 72-64 win. Earlier in the week, Justin Armstrong starred with 23 points in a 89-59 drubbing of Carlsbad. El Camino's record includes the result from the San Diego Section Tip Off Classic in November.
7. (7) Lincoln (San Diego) 20-1
Scripps Ranch was supposed to offer a stern test to the Hornets, and it was close before Lincoln went home with a 75-69 triumph. Shaun Davis scored 28 points and dished out six assists for Lincoln. Dominic McGuire added 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks. Earlier in the week, McGuire sizzled with 25 points in a 90-53 win over University.
8. (8) Technical (Oakland) 12-4
De La Salle of Concord was the Bulldogs' foe in last year's NorCal Div. I final and it went into overtime before they prevailed. In last Monday's Martin Luther King Classic, hosted by De La Salle at St. Mary's College, a game against the Spartans again went into overtime and again it was Oakland Tech that won, this time 60-56. Leon Powe had 23 points and Quentin Thomas scored 16 to lead the Bulldogs.
9. (9) Loyola (Los Angeles) 15-3
The Cubs will play round two of their Mission League schedule against state-ranked Harvard-Westlake on Wednesday. Round two against Chaminade will be on Feb. 1.
10. (10) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 15-1
The outside shooting of Pete Beoris and Davis Brewer keyed a 70-45 win over Castro Valley. Then, in a 64-52 triumph over Moreau of Hayward, it was Johnnie Bryant scoring 17. O'Dowd plays 15-1 Mt. Eden in a league game on Friday.
11. (11) Brea-Olinda (Brea) 19-0
It was a major week for the Wildcats. They took on Villa Park in one of those games that outsiders questioning their lack of a schedule had circled for some time and passed with flying colors. Brea's 75-55 win was paced by Brent Smith's 21 points plus 16 from Evan Moore and 15 from John Pohlen. Later in the week, Brea trounced Canyon of Anaheim, 87-46, as Moore racked up 23 points and 11 rebounds.
12. (12) Carson 13-3
Despite foul trouble, Ekene Ibekwe registered a triple-double for the Colts with 12 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocked shots during an 83-51 victory over Gardena. Carson, which is generally considered No. 3 in the L.A. City Section behind Fairfax and Westchester, also was led by 18 points from junior guard Marquise Washington and 18 more from senior guard Sam Hill.
13. (13) Fontana 19-1
Daryl Diggins was the main man for the Steelers in their 68-67 win over Eisenhower of Rialto. In the game's last minute, Diggins scored the go-ahead bucket and came up with a steal. Sean Green led Fontana with 20 points as it broke a 36-game league winning streak by Eisenhower.
14. (14) Garces (Bakersfield) 23-1
The big fella, 7-0 junior Robert Swift, had one of his best games yet with 25 points, 16 rebounds and nine blocks as the Rams blasted Clovis West, 82-55, on the Martin Luther King holiday in a game played at Centennial Gardens. Later in the week, Garces dominated Tehachapi, 107-39, behind 21 points from Anthony Esparza and 20 from Zack Ryan.
15. (15) Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) 14-5
Speaking of juniors, Bryce Taylor is another of the very best not just in the state but the nation. He had 27 points last week, right about his scoring average, in a 94-40 win vs. St. Francis of La Canada.
16. (16) Sacramento 20-1
Just one day after learning a school board had voted to close their school this June, the Dragons went out and played one of their best games yet. Not only did they beat last year's Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I champ, Modesto Christian, but they beat the Crusaders on the road. Sac High's 69-59 win featured 24 points from Gene Strong and 23 from Jemell Cherry-Swafford. And with Valley, the Sac Bee's No. 1 team, losing to Jesuit, the star of this team should be on the rise even more (although we thought Sac should have been No. 1 in the section all along anyway).
17. (17) Vallejo 17-3
After netting 32 points in a 59-43 win over St. Mary's of Berkeley and then getting 41 more in a 104-51 romp past Wood of Vacaville, DeMarcus Nelson of the Apaches now has more than 2,000 career points. Not bad for a junior. We spoke to DeMarcus' dad, Ron, last week who said the team was dead tired after the game vs. Wood and getting some days off later in the week was greatly appreciated.
18. (18) San Gorgonio (San Bernardino) 18-2
Jacob Daigle and Kevin Houston were the stars of the week for the Spartans. Daigle had 28 points in a 71-66 win vs. Cajon of San Bernardino and had 28 again in a 99-68 win vs. Colton. Houston had 24 points vs. Colton and racked up 22 points and 10 assists vs. Cajon.
19. (19) Foothill (Sacramento) 18-2
Vincent Rivera revved it up for 21 points as the Mustangs cruised to a 64-46 win over Center of Antelope. Coach Drew Hibbs' club won later in the week, 78-47, over River City of West Sacramento as Sam Kirby and Chris Walker both scored 14.
20. (20) Artesia (Lakewood) 17-2
Kejuan Johnson's individual heroics included 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 80-45 win vs. La Mirada plus 29 points in a 64-56 win over Cerritos. But the big team game last week for the Pioneers was a 55-54 win over Long Beach Poly. Alex Hunter canned a pair of three throws with four seconds left to win it for Artesia.