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Final tuneups before league races

01/07/2016, 8:43pm PST
By John Maffei

S.D.-L.A. Challenge offers teams chance to take inventory

Lincoln coach Jeff Harper-Harris will guide his basketball team against Lynwood in the S.D.-L.A. Challenge.

The holiday tournaments are over and league games are right around the corner.

But for die-hard high school boys basketball fans, there are plenty of showcase games — locally and nationally.

The showcase season tips off Saturday with the S.D.-L.A. Challenge at Lincoln High.

The six-game event starts at 1:45 p.m. with Sweetwater vs. Venice and wraps up with Lincoln vs. Lynwood at 9:15 p.m.

“We’ve played well at times,” Lincoln coach Jeff Harper-Harris said after the Hornets suffered a 37-29 loss to Scripps Ranch on Tuesday.

“Alex Dumas and Moli Mojus have played well. Malik Parsons has been our early-season MVP. And point guard Elijah Johnson has done a good job.

“Our biggest kid is 6-foot-4, so we have to defend, we have to hit shots and we have to play with intensity to win.

“We didn’t do that against Scripps Ranch and got beat by a fundamentally sound team. But I’m happy with our start, and I want to represent San Diego the best we can.”

Before playing Lynwood (9-4), Lincoln (9-3) hosts St. Augustine tonight at 7:30 in a Western League game.

Former Lincoln coach Jason Bryant, currently coaching at Patrick Henry, serves as organizer of the S.D.-L.A. Challenge.

“We have some really good games, but that last one — Lincoln-Lynwood — should be very good,” Bryant said.

“Lincoln has a great new facility. There is definitely a sense of area pride for the teams. So the fans should see some really good basketball.”

At 3:15 p.m., Horizon (3-8) meets Pasadena La Salle (9-5).

La Jolla Country Day (15-0), ranked No. 5 in San Diego, plays Woodland Hills El Camino Real (5-8) at 4:30 p.m.

“I’m interested to see Country Day,” Bryant said. “They have a really nice blend of veteran players and talented freshmen.”

Led by ninth-grader Ryan Langborg, who averages 15.3 points, and senior Bruce Edwards, who averages 14.5, LJCD won the Mayors Division of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic.

Morse (8-4), led by Cal State Bakersfield signee Justin Davis, plays L.A. Dorsey (12-6) at 6 p.m. Dorsey is led by Lafayette Dorsey, who is averaging 17.1 points a game.

Mission Bay (9-4) plays L.A. Price (8-8) at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event at Lincoln are $10 and are good for all day.

Elsewhere on Saturday:

Mt. Carmel, Rancho Bernardo, Orange Glen and Escondido play in the Temecula Valley Showcase. Escondido (7-6) is led by 6-foot-10 Keegan Cummins and plays Great Oak (8-6) at 5:45 p.m.

Sierra Canyon High hosts the five-game Super Showcase, featuring Foothills Christian and St. Augustine — the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in San Diego.

Foothills (9-2) plays Chino Hills (13-0), a team ranked No. 1 in California by MaxPreps and No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, at 6:45 p.m.

Those teams played earlier in the season with Chino Hills winning 106-86.

St. Augustine (11-2) plays Mission Hills Alemany (10-5) at 3:30 p.m.

Among the highlights on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend:

Horizon is the site of the six-game MLK Showcase on Jan. 16. San Ysidro (12-2) and Morse are the standout teams. San Ysidro plays El Centro Central (9-5) at 4:30 p.m. Morse plays Horizon at 7:30 p.m.

Across the country on Jan. 16, Foothills Christian plays Sacred Heart of Connecticut at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Sacred Heart is ranked No. 21 in the nation by USA Today. The Hearts (5-0) have won 37 games in a row and are led by 6-8 small forward Tyrn Flowers, who is ranked among the best players in New England.

Later in the month:

Montgomery High is the site for the Jan. 23 Coaches vs. Cancer event, which features eight games, starting at 9 a.m. Proceeds go to the V Foundation for cancer research. The feature game figures to be at 8:20 p.m. with Vista vs. Morse.

On Jan. 30, San Ysidro hosts the five-game City of Angels Showcase. The final two games — San Ysidro vs. Hoover and La Jolla Country Day vs. West Hills — figure to be the best. Proceeds from this event go to orphanages in Tijuana.


Highlighting some of the area’s top post-holiday events:


S.D. vs. L.A. Challenge

Saturday at Lincoln High

Sweetwater vs. Venice, 1:45 p.m.

Horizon vs. Pasadena La Salle, 3:15 p.m.

La Jolla Country Day vs. Woodland Hills El Camino Real, 4:30 p.m.

Morse vs. L.A. Dorsey, 6 p.m.

Mission Bay vs. L.A. Price, 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln vs. Lynwood, 9:15 p.m.

Tickets: $10

Sierra Canyon Super Showcase

Saturday at Sierra Canyon High

St. Augustine vs. Mission Hills Alemany, 3:30 p.m.

Foothills Christian vs. Chino Hills, 6:45 p.m.

Temecula Valley Showcase

Saturday at Temecula Valley High

Mt. Carmel vs. Wildomar Elsinore, 12:30 p.m.

Rancho Bernardo vs. Perris, 2:15 p.m.

Orange Glen vs. Murrieta Vista Murrieta, 4 p.m.

Escondido vs. Temecula Great Oak, 5:45 p.m.

Tickets: $5

Firebird Classic

Saturday at Pacific Ridge High

Third-place game, 5 p.m.

Championship, 6:30 p.m.

Bennie Edens Classic

Jan. 16 at Point Loma High

Otay Ranch vs. Scripps Ranch, 2:45 p.m.

Mira Mesa vs. Goleta Dos Pueblos, 4:30 p.m.

Mater Dei Catholic vs. Mission Bay, 6:15 p.m.

Patrick Henry vs. Point Loma, 7:45 p.m.

Tickets: $7

MLK Showcase

Jan. 16 at Horizon Christian Academy

Calipatria vs. Bonita Vista, 1:30 p.m.

Oceanside vs. S.D. Southwest, 3 p.m.

El Centro Central vs. San Ysidro, 4:30 p.m.

Sweetwater vs. Mission Hills, 6 p.m.

Morse vs. Horizon, 7:30 p.m.

Hall of Fame Classic

Jan. 16 at Springfield, Mass.

Foothills Christian vs. Waterbury, Conn., Sacred Heart, 4:45 p.m.

New Year’s Tipoff Tournament

Valley Center vs. Carlsbad at Del Norte, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

Rancho Buena Vista at Del Norte, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Rancho Bernardo vs. Carlsbad at Del Norte, Monday, 5:30 p.m.

Valley Center at Del Norte, Monday, 7 p.m.

Del Norte at Orange Glen, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Carlsbad at Orange Glen, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

Rancho Bernardo vs. Rancho Buena Vista at Del Norte, Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m.

Carlsbad at Del Norte, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.

MLK Showcase

Jan. 18 at Temecula Chaparral High

Lutheran vs. Moreno Valley, 1:30 p.m.

Madison vs. Vista Murrieta, 3 p.m.

San Juan Capistrano Saddleback Valley vs. Temecula Valley, 4:30 p.m.

Mission Vista vs. Perris, 6 p.m.

Horizon vs. Chaparral, 7:30 p.m.

Coaches vs. Cancer

Jan. 23 at Montgomery High

Lutheran vs. Hilltop, 9 a.m.

El Cajon Valley vs. Montgomery, 10:30 a.m.

Mount Miguel vs. Sweetwater, noon

Valhalla vs. San Ysidro, 1:40 p.m.

Steele Canyon vs. Eastlake, 3:20 p.m.

Canyon Crest vs. Otay Ranch, 5 p.m.

Valley Center vs. La Jolla, 6:40 p.m.

Vista vs. Morse, 8:20 p.m.

Tickets: $7 and $5 (proceeds to V Foundation for cancer research)

Fairfax State Preview Classic

Jan. 30 at L.A. Fairfax High

Army-Navy vs. Orange Lutheran, 3:30 p.m.

City of Angels Showcase

Jan. 30 at San Ysidro High

Lutheran vs. San Diego, 2 p.m.

Otay Ranch vs. Imperial, 3:30 p.m.

Montgomery vs. Olympian, 5 p.m.

San Ysidro vs. Hoover, 6:30 p.m.

La Jolla Country Day vs. West Hills, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $8 and $5 (proceeds to Tijuana orphanages)

Nike Extravaganza

Feb. 6 at Santa Ana Mater Dei High

Foothills Christian vs. Santa Ana Mater Dei, 8:45 p.m.


SoCal Run ’n’ Gun Against Cancer

Saturday at Rancho Buena Vista High

Sage Creek vs. San Clemente, 10 a.m.

Rancho Buena Vista vs. Cathedral Catholic, 11:30 a.m.

Olympian vs. Vista, 1 p.m.

Westview vs. Mount Miguel, 2:30 p.m.

Palm Springs vs. Bonita Vista, 4 p.m.

Twentynine Palms vs. Eastlake, 5:30 p.m.

Calexico vs. La Costa Canyon, 7 p.m.

Mt. Carmel vs. Mission Hills, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday at Carlsbad High

Brawley vs. Santa Ana Saddleback, 1 p.m.

Alhambra Mark Keppel vs. San Marcos, 2:30 p.m.

Pacific Ridge vs. Tustin, 4 p.m.

Hawthorne vs. Valencia, 5:30 p.m.

San Bernardino Arroyo Valley vs. Carlsbad, 7 p.m.

L.A. Windward vs. Bishop’s, 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: $8

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