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Fryer on basketball: Still a lot of perfect O.C. teams

OCVARSITY.COM

A look at Orange County boys basketball:

•Most county leagues have reached the halfway point of their league seasons. County teams that finished undefeated through the first half of league play are Brethren Christian (Academy League), Villa Park (Century), Tustin (Empire), Saddleback Valley Christian (San Joaquin), San Clemente (Sea View), El Toro (South Coast), Fountain Valley (Sunset) and Mater Dei (Trinity).

•Loara and Ocean View are 4-0 in the Golden West League. They play each other for the first time this season Wednesday at Ocean View.

•Savanna is 4-0 in the Orange League. The Rebels reach the halfway point of league play when they play Century at Savanna on Wednesday.

•Laguna Beach is 4-0 in the Orange Coast League. The Breakers' game at Costa Mesa on Wednesday marks the halfway point of league for them.

•Northwood is on top of the Pacific Coast League at 4-0. The Timberwolves get to the halfway point of league with today's home game against University.

•How this writer voted in the Register's Orange County media poll, in which five media members vote: 1. Mater Dei; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. JSerra; 4. El Toro; 5. Mission Viejo; 6. Tustin; 7. Villa Park; 8. Foothill; 9. Aliso Niguel; 10. Tesoro.

•Given the results of the top-10 poll, here is how this writer would rank teams 11-25: 11. Tesoro (16-6); 12. Sonora (18-3); 13. Fountain Valley (17-4); 14. Ocean View (13-5); 15. Los Alamitos (14-8); 16. Servite (13-8); 17. Santa Margarita (12-9); 18. Huntington Beach (13-7); 19. Canyon (14-8); 20. Northwood (15-5); 21. San Clemente (14-8); 22. Troy (17-5); 23. Dana Hills (15-7); 24. Laguna Beach (15-6); 25. Trabuco Hills (11-7).

•Tesoro senior forward Tanner Lancona is coming off a good week. Lancona, who signed with Washington State, scored 32 points in a loss to Aliso Niguel, 12 in limited minutes of a one-sided victory over Capistrano Valley, and 20 in a loss to Mission Viejo.

•Tustin's Nick Hornsby had a consistent week. Hornsby, a Sacramento State signee, scored 20 points in a victory over Kennedy and 20 in a victory over Western. He is averaging 17 points a game.

•JSerra's Jamal Aytes scored 31 points in a loss to Orange Lutheran and 21 in a loss to Mater Dei.

•Payton Banks scored 34 for Orange Lutheran in the Lancers' victory over JSerra.

•Craig Magyar of Trabuco Hills scored 25 points in a victory over San Juan Hills, and 24 in a victory over Dana Hills.

•Brethren Christian's 7-foot-5 senior Mamadou Ndiaye continues to lead the county in scoring. Ndiaye, who signed with UC Irvine, is averaging 24.9 points a game. University's Chris DaSilva is next, at 23.9 points a game, followed by Mission Viejo's Evan Zeller (23.4), Ocean View's Kendall Small (23.3) and Sonora's Jimmy Golden (20.2).

•Charles Wright of Beckman is the county's leading rebounder, at 14.5 a game. Brandon Bryson of Brethren leads in assists at 10.1 a game. No doubt Bryson gets a couple of assists each game by getting the ball to Ndiaye.

•El Toro beat Dana Hills, 58-54, last week, although Dana Hills had the better shooting percentage, 42 percent to El Toro's 38. Dana Hills even had the edge at the free-throw line, where the Dolphins made four more free throws than did the Chargers. The difference, as it has been in so many El Toro victories, was El Toro was 9 for 29 on 3-point shots and Dana Hills was 1 for 10.

•Foothill's roster is getting closer to full strength. Senior forward Steven Browne is playing more minutes as he recovers from a broken hand, and sophomore Eric Patton last week had the cast removed from a broken wrist so he has returned to the lineup.

•Top games this week: Loara at Ocean View, Wednesday; Villa Park at Foothill, Friday; Dana Hills at San Clemente, Friday; and Fountain Valley at Huntington Beach, Friday.


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