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Fryer on basketball: Nike Extravaganza boasts top teams, players
It’s Nike Extravaganza week.
The 21st edition of the two-day event, Friday and Saturday at Mater Dei, again is loaded with state-ranked teams. Eight teams playing in the Nike Extravaganza are in CalHiSports.com’s California top 20: No. 1 Chino Hills; No. 4 Foothills Christian of El Cajon; No. 5 Mater Dei; No. 8 De La Salle of Concord; No. 11 Westchester; No. 14. Fairfax of Los Angeles; No. 19 Centennial of Corona; and No. 20 Ayala of Chino Hills.
Chino Hills retained its state No. 1 ranking with a 71-67 win over No. 2 Bishop Montgomery of Torrance in the Fairfax State Preview on Saturday. Brothers LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball scored 22 and 18 points, respectively, for Chino Hills. The oldest Ball brother, Lonzo, a guard, signed with UCLA.
The Nike Extravaganza is divided into three sessions over two days. The event has a Friday session of four games, including one girls game, Mater Dei vs. Centennial of Las Vegas. Saturday’s morning session has three games and Saturday’s evening session had six games.
Separate admission is required for the three sessions. General admission (open seating) on Friday is $12, general admission for Saturday’s morning session is $12 and is $12 for Saturday’s evening session which also includes a reserved seating option for $22. Courtside seating packages for all three sessions are $250 and $500.
Advance tickets are available weekdays at the Mater Dei athletic ticket window at the Meruelo Athletic Center and in the Mater Dei boys basketball office. Visit materdei.org for more information.
The Nike Extravaganza schedule, Friday: Windward of Los Angeles vs. JSerra, 4 p.m.; St. John Bosco vs. Village Christian of Sun Valley, 5:30 p.m.; Mater Dei girls vs. Centennial, 7 p.m.; Mater Dei boys vs. Shadow Mountain of Phoenix, Ariz., 8:30 p.m.
Saturday’s morning session: Colony of Ontario vs. Sonora, 8:30 a.m.; Palm Desert vs. Santiago of Corona, 10 a.m.; and Ayala vs. Servite, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday’s evening session: Santa Margarita vs. Etiwanda, 1:15 p.m.; Fairfax vs. Los Alamitos, 2:45 p.m.; Westchester vs. Orange Lutheran, 4:15 p.m.; Centennial of Corona vs. De La Salle, 5:45 p.m.; Chino Hills vs. Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, 7:15 p.m.; and Mater Dei vs. Foothills Christian, which features 6-foot-9 UCLA signee T.J. Leaf), 8:45 p.m.
Parking at Mater Dei is free on Friday. Parking at Mater Dei is $5 on Saturday, and is free in the auxiliary lot on the northeast corner of Bristol Street and Edinger Avenue.
Shadow Mountain’s coach is former NBA player Mike Bibby, son of ex-UCLA star and USC coach Henry Bibby. Shadow Mountain senior Michael Bibby, Mike Bibby’s son, is averaging 19 points a game. He has scholarship offers from Memphis and USC.
Jump stops around Orange County boys basketball:
• The “watch list” of candidates for the CIF-Southern Section’s Open Division playoffs bracket was reduced Monday to 27 teams, down from 30 teams last week. County teams on this week’s list: Los Alamitos, Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran and Santa Margarita.
• The Open Division can have as many as 16 teams in it, but it can be a smaller division if the panel that selects Open Division teams feels there are not 16 teams worthy of selection. All teams in the CIF-SS Open Division receive guaranteed admission to the CIF Southern California Regionals, which is the qualifying tournament for the CIF State championships.
• The CIF-SS announces Open Division selections Feb. 12. Playoff brackets for all divisions will be released Feb. 14 and the pairings will be available at ocvarsity.com upon release.
• Los Alamitos senior guard Eyassu Worku scored 25 points in a Sunset League win over Marina and 31 points in a league win over Edison. Worku signed with UC Irvine.
• Kezie Okpala, a junior at Esperanza, scored 22 points when the Aztecs beat Yorba Linda in a nonleague game and 27 in Crestview League win over Foothill.
• Top games this week: Foothill at Villa Park, Crestview League, today; Corona del Mar at Beckman, Pacific Coast League, today; Mater Dei at Santa Margarita, Trinity League, Wednesday; Orange Lutheran at JSerra, Trinity League, Wednesday; Costa Mesa at Laguna Beach, Orange Coast League, Wednesday; Bolsa Grande at Garden Grove, Garden Grove League, Thursday; Saddleback Valley Christian vs. Capistrano Valley Christian at Saddleback College, San Joaquin League, Friday; Los Alamitos at Fountain Valley, Sunset League, Friday; and Aliso Niguel at San Clemente, South Coast League, Friday.
• Garden Grove beat Bolsa Grande two weeks ago. Garden Grove lost at Santiago on Friday, dropping the Argonauts to 5-1 in league. Bolsa Grande also is 5-1 and tied for first place with Garden Grove in the Garden Grove League.
• According to literature distributed by the CIF-SS Officials Fees and Relations Committee, three-person officiating crews for basketball games “are encouraged.”
• Matt Serven on Friday surpassed the Fountain Valley record for 3-pointer in a season. He has 77. The previous record of 76 was set by Judd Chamaa in the 2012-13 season.
• Artificial noisemakers are forbidden at CIF-sanctioned games. It is not clear if this activity fits the “artificial noisemaker” definition: Westminster students were instructed by officials through the public-address announcer to stop popping balloons at the Lions’ game last week at Ocean View.
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