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Boys basketball: Event has new name, top field
A look at Orange County basketball:
•The Tournament of Champions at Ocean View now is called the Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions, in honor of the late coach who passed away last year. The tournament, which begins Tuesday at Ocean View, as usual has a strong assortment of teams. Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in Orange County and No. 6 in CalHiSports.com's California ratings, is in it as are county No. 3 JSerra, county No. 10 and host school Ocean View, and state No. 3 Compton.
•El Toro won the Godinez Tournament championship. The Chargers defeated South Coast League rival Aliso Niguel, in the tournament championship game Saturday. The Chargers' Jake Lunardi, a 6-foot-6 junior center, was named tournament most valuable player.
•Tesoro last week went 3-1 in the Redondo Union Tournament, which had an excellent field of teams including state No. 1 Long Beach Poly. "We 'out-teamed' some other teams, because we ran our stuff efficiently," Tesoro coach Steve Garrett said. Tesoro senior Tanner Lancona, who scored 74 points over the four games, was named to the all-tournament team.
•Orange Lutheran's versatile senior Payton Banks was named most valuable player of the El Modena Kick-Off Classic tournament, which Lutheran won by beating Canyon, 72-53, in the championship game Saturday. Lutheran's Brian Beard and Kendall Lauderdale also were all-tournament.
•Pacifica won the Garden Grove Winter Classic, for which most games were played at Los Amigos. The Mainers' Jordan Fleck was named tournament MVP. He scored 15 points in Pacifica's 65-58 victory over Whittier in the tournament championship game, in which Pacifica's Brian Alvarez scored 19 points and Ryan Tong scored 11 with 11 rebounds.
•Sonora's Jimmy Golden is off to a hot start. A 6-5 senior guard, Golden scored 86 points over the Raiders' first four games. Sonora point guard Josh Rodriguez had 12 assists in a victory over Esperanza in the El Modena tournament.
•Capistrano Valley Christian started 4-0. The Eagles went 4-for-4 against similar small-school teams, including a 60-43 victory over Crean Lutheran.
•Foothill went 3-1 in the Diablo Inferno tournament, despite being shorthanded. Steven Browne, a 6-7 senior who was All-Century League last year, and Conner Stevens did not play because of injuries, and junior forward Jacob Dean was not 100 percent after having wisdom teeth removed.
•Foothill coach Rusty Van Cleave, on Mission Viejo senior guard Evan Zeller: "There are more talented players in the county, but I don't know if there is a more valuable guy. I've always liked his game. It's fun to see a guy who was a scorer early in his career now do so many things well on the court as a senior."
•Tustin is 0-0, thanks to some forward-thinking scheduling by Tillers coach Ringo Bossenmeyer. Some of Tustin's better basketball players also play football, and Bossenmeyer knows that the schools' football team traditionally advances to the later rounds of the playoffs. Tustin football did go to the Southwest Division semifinals, so the football-basketball guys are available for the Tillers' basketball season opener Tuesday against Edison.
•Coaches can get usernames and passwords to input results, schedules, and statistics and to update rosters at ocvarsity.com. Coaches can email firstname.lastname@example.org for school-specific usernames and passwords.
•The first CIF-Southern Section rankings will be released Dec. 10.