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Fryer on basketball: Basics for the Extravaganza
A look at Orange County boys basketball:
•This is Nike Extravaganza week. The two-day event, Friday and Saturday, is in its 18th year and again hosted by Mater Dei. There are several state-ranked team among the 15 boys and girls games. Saturday concludes with three games in which teams in calhisports.com's California top 20 play each other: No. 1 Long Beach Poly vs. St. John Bosco of Bellflower, 6 p.m.; No. 6 Etiwanda vs. No. 9 Loyola of Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.; and No. 2 Mater Dei vs. No. 18 Westchester of Los Angeles, 9 p.m.
•Friday's Nike Extravaganza schedule includes Brethren Christian, featuring 7-foot-5 center Mamadou Ndiaye, a UC Irvine signee, playing new county top-10 addition Servite at 6:15 p.m.
•Nike Extravaganza tickets are on sale at Mater Dei's athletic department ticket window weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. (These are cash transactions only.) Prices: $12 for general admission Friday; $12 for generally admission Saturday's early session; $12 general admission and $22 for reserved seating for Saturday's later session; and courtside seats for all sessions are $250 and $500.
•Game of the week: El Toro at Mission Viejo, South Coast League game on Wednesday. El Toro is in first place, with a 4-0 league record, and Mission Viejo is second at 4-1. El Toro beat Mission Viejo, 73-72, on Jan. 11 when the Chargers made eight 3-pointers.
•Other top games this week: Woodbridge at Northwood, Pacific Coast League, today; Cypress at Tustin, Empire League, Wednesday; Servite at JSerra, Trinity League, Wednesday; St. John Bosco at Mater Dei, Trinity League, Wednesday; Santiago at Garden Grove, Garden Grove League, Thursday; Fountain Valley at Los Alamitos, Sunset League, Friday; Mission Viejo at Aliso Niguel, South Coast League, Friday; Brea Olinda at Villa Park, Century League, Friday.
•How this writer voted in the Register's basketball poll, in which five O.C. media members vote: 1. Mater Dei; 2. El Toro; 3. Mission Viejo; 4. Foothill; 5. Orange Lutheran; 6. JSerra; 7. Tustin; 8. Villa Park; 9. Aliso Niguel; 10. Servite. Sunny Hills was given consideration. The challenging part of it was, did Servite's home victories over El Toro and Orange Lutheran happen because Servite is very good, or was it the Friar's enjoying the most significant home-court advantage in county basketball, or was it a mixture of both?
•Given the results of the top-10 poll, here is how this writer would rank teams 12-25 (we must start at No. 12, with 11 teams stuffed into the top 10 this week): 12. Huntington Beach (15-7); 13. Tesoro (17-7); 14. Sonora (19-3); 15. Fountain Valley (17-5); 16. Los Alamitos (15-8); 17. Ocean View (15-6); 18. Santa Margarita (12-10); 19. Canyon (15-8); 20. Northwood (17-5); 21. Dana Hills (17-7); 22. San Clemente (14-10); 23. Troy (17-6); 24. Laguna Beach (17-6); 25. Trabuco Hills (12-7).
•The tightest races for league championships in county basketball: Academy League, in which Brethren Christian has a half-game lead over St. Margaret's; Century, where Foothill (8-1) has a half-game lead over Villa Park (7-1); Freeway, Sonora and Sunny Hills tied at 5-1 each; and Sea View, Trabuco Hills and San Clemente tied at 4-1 each. One game separates first and second place in several other leagues.
•Huntington Beach's Andrew TenBrink has the athlete-of-the-week distinction, but his teammate Harley Ruder was a major contributor in two big victories for the Oilers last week. Ruder scored 25 points in the victory over Ocean View, and 19 in the victory over Fountain Valley.
•Huntington Beach outscored Ocean View, 28-4, in the fourth quarter.
•Next week is the final week of the regular season. CIF-Southern Section brackets, at-large teams, seedings and first-round pairings will be released and available at ocvarsity.com on Feb. 10.
•There was not a wild-card round in any of the 12 playoff divisions in CIF-SS boys basketball. Only if there are more than 32 automatic qualifiers within a division will there be wild-card round games to reduce the number of teams to 32 for the first round of play in the 32-team brackets. At-large teams will be placed in 32-team brackets that do not have enough automatic qualifiers to fill a 32-team bracket.
•Automatic qualifiers are identified this way: the top two finishers in four-team leagues; the top three finishers in five- and six-team leagues; the top four finishers in seven- and eight-team leagues; and the top five finishers in nine-team leagues.