EC Preps

Boys Hoops Rankings December 4, 2017

EAST COUNTY PREP BOYS BASKETBALL

By James McHugh

  1. Foothills Christian – The Knights had a rough start, which is understandable based on the late addition of Taeshon Cherry so close to the start of the season. Don’t forget that the Knights also saw the departure of the Lowery brothers T.J. & Kaleb in the off-season. Temptation was to drop the Knights after an 0-3 start but two wins and results from other teams changed things up a bit. We will see if slots 2-3 can jump the Knights in the next round of tournaments before Christmas.

 

  1. Mission Bay – The Bucs knocked off a Los Altos team that defeated Foothills Christian on opening night. Mission Bay also topped Santa Clarita Christian by six, a team that Foothills handled wire to wire on the final night of the BattleZone Tournament. The best thing about the Mission Bay / Foothills Christian debacle is that we don’t have to wonder how these teams would matchup all the way until playoff time. The Knights and Bucs will clash on January 20, 2018 at Mission Bay. Don’t miss it.

 

  1. Vista – Vista is likely the most dangerous team on our list and had it not been for a nail-biter with Cathedral, we may have been hard pressed not to vault the Panthers to the #1 slot in our poll. All that being said, it seems unlikely that Vista will drop anywhere below #3 as the season rolls along.

 

  1. Saint Augustine – Tuesday night’s (December 5, 2017) contest against La Costa Canyon will likely be a much better barometer on the Saints’ season than their 61-42 victory over Grossmont in the opening game at John Sanders Gymnasium. The departure of Cherry is an obvious setback for Saints, but St. Augustine is not too familiar with down seasons much like #5 on our list.

 

  1. Torrey Pines – Nothing much needs to be said about the Falcons other than that they are in the conversation. They are always in the conversation. When the Falcons are not in the conversation, someone is not paying attention to the subject at hand.

 

  1. Mater Dei Catholic – A convincing win over Cathedral in the West Hills Tournament threw a number of teams for a loop in our poll. With the Dons taking Vista to the brink of defeat but being trounced by the Crusaders, we felt it best to place these teams one above the other and let the season play out.

 

  1. Cathedral Catholic – Some pundits saw the Dons as an early season mystery, a question mark leaning more towards a top ten team than an out of the discussion rebuilder. A blowout loss to Mater Dei didn’t help matters and had many jumping ship regardless of personnel on the floor. Then a two-point loss to Vista, who is regarded by some as the team to beat in San Diego and the Dons had believers again. An always tough Western League will show whether the Dons belong.

 

  1. San Marcos – Perhaps the toughest team to place in the poll, we simply haven’t seen the Knights face a top tier opponent just yet. The North County Classic and a trip to Florida will certainly help the Knights hone themselves and come into league play well-battle tested later in the season.

 

  1. La Jolla Country Day – Departures always hurt, and in the Torrey’s case those departures hurt their size. Losing two starters to a league opponent probably makes things slightly worse. However, the Torrey’s still have enough pieces to challenge just about any team in the region, and since they must take on the top team on our list twice, they will be able to make their case without hypothetical discussion.

 

  1. Santa Fe Christian – The Eagles are often a tough team to judge in the early going as they rarely see games during the tournaments closer to Thanksgiving. A season ago, many saw the Eagles as the “lucky” first team out of the Open Division and into Division 1 where they secured a CIF title. Santa Fe Christian was by no means a fluke however and they lost a one point game to Open Division semi-finalist Foothills Christian which they had multiple opportunities to win in the closing seconds. Anyone overlooking the Eagles might find an unwanted L on their record.

 

On the Bubble: Christian, El Camino, La Costa Canyon, Francis Parker, Montgomery

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