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Basketball poll should shuffle after MLK events

01/12/2014, 12:49pm PST
By John Maffei

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St. Augustine senior Trey Kell, who scored a game-high 26 points, takes a shot against Chino Hills on Thursday.

Since the holiday tournaments, the boys high school basketball poll has been pretty much stagnant.

The good teams just keep on winning.

That's going to change over the next week when some of the heavy hitters collide in a trio of showcase events.

First up is the Bennie Edens Classic on Saturday at Point Loma High.

The day starts at 3:30 p.m. with Goleta Dos Pueblos (5-9) vs. Mira Mesa (9-5), a fring Top-10 team. That's followed by Scripps Ranch (6-8) vs. Coronado (4-6) at 5 p.m., No. 2-ranked Mater Dei Catholic (14-2) vs. Mission Bay (5-3) at 6:30 p.m. and Serra (8-9) vs. host Point Loma (5-7) at 8 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Mission Hills (10-5) plays Lincoln at 6 p.m. and Foothills Christian (7-7) plays Horizon (3-6) with both games at Horizon.

Those are only warmup events, though.

The real action starts Monday, Jan. 20 ... Martin Luther King Day.

There is a full day of action at El Camino High in the MLK Showcase.

Run by former Hoover coach Ollie Goulston, this event has been moved to North County and has two very interesting games.

The action tips at 1 p.m. with a girls game between No. 3 La Jolla Country Day (8-6) vs. Serra (8-6).

Boys games start at 2:40 p.m. with Horizon vs. San Ysidro (5-9).

Then the big boys take the court with No. 10 Hoover (10-7) vs. Lincoln (9-3) at 4:20 p.m. followed by No. 6 El Camino (13-3) hosting No. 8 San Marcos (11-4).

"I'm excited about the whole day," said El Camino Coach Ray Johnson. "We get to host the event, but I don't have to do much other than show up and play.

"And we're going to have to play well because San Marcos is very good."

Also on the 20th, Francis Parker hosts an MLK Exhibition doubleheader.

The headliner is No. 3 La Costa Canyon (15-2) against No. 1 St. Augustine (14-2) at 7:30 p.m.

And the first game at 5:30 p.m. - No. 4 Torrey Pines (13-2) vs. No. 6 Parker (14-2) isn't bad, either.

"We've been going strong all season," said La Costa Canyon Coach Dave Cassaw. "We played Mater Dei in the finals of the tournament at Torrey Pines.

"We got a little break, then played a good Army-Navy team in the first game in its new gym, then Compton Centennial.

"We host Torrey Pines (Friday) before we play St. Augustine.

"That's a tough stretch."

St. Augustine plays La Jolla and Lincoln before it meets LCC.

On Jan. 22, St. Augustine and Cathedral Catholic (10-5) play the first round of the "Holy War" at Point Loma Nazarene University. The second round is Feb. 18 at Cathedral.

If you follow good players rather than schools take note.

St. Augustine is led by San Diego State signee Trey Kell. El Camino boasts Sam Bockman and point guard Devin Watson.

San Marcos has a pair of great athletes in Ben Perez and Johnny McWilliams.

Parker is led by athletic 6-foot-9 senior Evan Fitzner, who has signed with Saint Mary's, and 6-7 Tim Harrison.

Football star Damonte Holiday leads Hoover along with Miles Nolen-Webb.

La Costa Canyon has a bunch of top-flight players, led by point guard Tommy McCarthy, Travis Fuller and Bradey Twombly.

Mater Dei freshman Jaylen Hands has been the talk of the county. Teammate Israel Seales is very good.

Torrey Pines is led by Canada National Team member Brandon Cyrus along with Sam Worman and Dominic Hovasse.

Mission Bay's Justin Moore is worth the price of admission as is Calvin Crockett of Serra and 6-9 Daniel Melifonwu of Lincoln.

Foothills Christian and 6-10 sophomore TJ Leaf has played an out-of-town type schedule, so the Horizon event is a chance to see him.

john.maffei@utsandiego.com

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