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Division I-V boys championship preview

02/28/2013, 7:52pm PST
By John Maffei

Five title games at San Diego State's Viejas Arena.

San Diego Section championships

Site: San Diego State’s Viejas Arena.

Admission: Adults $14; students, children (5-up), seniors (65-up) $10.


No. 2 El Camino (26-5) vs. No. 1 Mission Hills (26-4)

When: Saturday, 8:07 p.m.

TV: 4 San Diego and Time Warner 890.

Radio: 1090-AM.

Outlook: El Camino got to the final by beating Poway, Escondido and Torrey Pines. The Wildcats are led by senior point guard Immani Sobers. They also have a pair of big bodies inside in 6-foot-6 sophomore Sam Bockman and 6-4 junior Chad Morrison. This is El Camino’s 16th trip to a section championship under coach Ray Johnson, winning seven. ... Mission Hills is led by Cal-bound 7-footer Kameron Rooks, who averages 17.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.2 blocks a game. Senior guard Kibret Woldemichel is a deadly 3-point shooter as is Cody Hicks. Mission Hills has been to one other final, losing in 2008.


No. 2 Hoover (28-5) vs. No. 1 La Costa Canyon (27-4)

When: Saturday, 6:07 p.m.

TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

Radio: 1090-AM.

Outlook: Hoover got to the title game with wins over Oceanside, Steele Canyon and San Marcos. The Cardinals are led by junior guard Damonte Holiday, who averages 21.2 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. Junior guard Miles Nolen-Webb averages 15.2 points and 4.9 assists. Sophomore forward Jordan Alexander checks in averaging 13.6 points and 10.1 rebounds a game. ... La Costa Canyon, the defending Division II and Southern California Regional champion, got to the finals with wins over Rancho Bernardo, Westview and Lincoln. Pepperdine-bound guard Jeff Van Dyke leads the Mavericks, averaging 15.0 points a game with 80 3-pointers. Kyle Sachrison, who is headed to New Mexico State to play baseball, averages 11.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. Junior forward Fritz Eibel averages 9.3 points and sophomore guard Tommy McCarthy 8.9. The Mavericks will be without versatile forward Brandon Miller, who averages 8.6 points and 7.7 rebounds. He’s out with mono. ... The teams have played twice this season. La Costa Canyon won 80-59 in the third game of the season. Hoover prevailed 56-55 in the sixth game.


No. 2 St. Augustine (24-4) vs. No. 1 Cathedral Catholic (27-3)

When: Saturday, 3:07 p.m.

TV: 4 San Diego and Time Warner 890.

Radio: 1090-AM.

Outlook: This is the fourth edition of the “Holy War” this season with Cathedral winning the first three — 65-53, 67-64 and 62-59. ... St. Augustine is led by UC Davis-bound Brynton Lemar; junior Trey Kell, who is drawing strong interest from college recruiters; and Drew Madsen, who is a strong inside force. ... Cathedral, the defending Division III champion, has five players averaging at least eight points a game — Niksha Federico (13.9), Xavier Williams (13.4), Nick Prunty (9.9), Brandon Michel (9.4) and Michael Rosenburg (8.4). The Dons have made 211 3-pointers this season.


No. 2 Mater Dei Catholic (25-5) vs. No. 1 Army-Navy Academy (26-4)

When: Friday, 1:07 p.m.

TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

Radio: 1700-AM.

Outlook: Mater Dei, which has won 11 games in a row, got to the title game by beating North County High Tech, Coronado and Francis Parker. The Crusaders are led by guards Iman Chatman and Beda Galleta and have some size in 6-foot-6 Robert Harris, 6-6 Spencer Vering and 6-5 Israel Seales. ... Junior guard Devin Watson leads Army-Navy, averaging 23.3 points a game with 188 assists. Oregon State-bound 7-foot-1 center Cheikh N’diaye is averaging 13.5 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.7 blocks a game. Akhadj Diatta, a strong 6-6 inside presence, averages 10.0 points and 4.8 rebounds. The Warriors have won 12 games in a row.


No. 2 Foothills Christian (19-13) vs. No. 1 Horizon (16-11)

When: Friday, 11:07 a.m.

TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

Radio: 1700-AM.

Outlook: Freshman T.J. Leaf, the son of coach Brad Leaf, leads Foothills, averaging 22.7 points and 11.8 rebounds a game. Junior Caleb Hoffman is averaging 13.3 points and freshman Jerome Sherman checks in at 12.3. The Knights have made 195 3-pointers as a team. ... Horizon is led by Cody Underwood, who averages 14.5 points a game. Darren Carrington averages 10.2 points and 9.6 rebounds. Markel Byrd adds 8.5 points a game. ... The teams have played once this season with Horizon winning 60-59 on Feb. 9. ... Foothills is the defending champion and has won six of the last seven Division V titles. The one loss was to Horizon in 2011.

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