Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976. Get his latest from the field and follow all our prep sports coverage and analysis here.
Who would have predicted before the basketball season began that the two teams left in the tough Platinum Division of the Classic at Damien would be Etiwanda and St. Bernard?
Each is a surprise team this season and will meet in the 8:30 p.m. championship game Saturday at Damien.
St. Bernard (9-3) knocked off Santa Margarita 60-50 in its semifinal Friday night. Mook Harris had 15 points and freshman Tyler Powell for St. Bernard. Jordan Guest scored 18 points for Santa Margarita. Etiwanda (13-1) handed the first defeat to St. John Bosco 66-58. Krystian Wilson finished with 21 points and Kessler Edwards 18.
In the Gold Division, Los Altos and Roosevelt advanced to the championship game. Los Altos defeated Riverside Notre Dame 69-54. Jarod Lucas and Julian Lopez each scored 19 points. Roosevelt held off Dominguez 60-59 to improve to 11-0. Jared Williams had 15 points and 13 rebounds. David Agba added 15 points.
Makani Whiteside scored 30 points and Kihei Clark 25 points in Taft’s 81-74 overtime win over Cajon.
Rancho Christian defeated Oak Park 67-63. Evan Mobley led the way with 22 points. Sophomore Clark Slajchert had 31 points for Oak Park.
Damien defeated Corona Centennial 81-58. Damien coach Mike LeDuc used to coach Centennial’s Josh Giles at Glendora. Cameron Shelton scored 36 points.
Muir advanced to the Silver Division final with an 84-68 win over Rancho Cucamonga.
Windward defeated Santa Monica 73-53. Jules Bernard scored 27 points. Rancho Verde defeated Rolling Hills Prep 44-41.
Colony defeated Chaminade 77-63 for the 400th coaching victory for Jerry De Fabiis. Sedrick Altman had 25 points. KJ Simpson led Chaminade with 17. Alemany defeated Culver City 55-53. Fred Odhiambo finished with 24 points. Lezuinger defeated Camarillo 77-68 despite 20 points from Jaime Jaquez and Jonathan Daniels.
Brentwood defeated El Toro 80-56. Bralee Albert had 12 points and 11 rebounds in 16 minutes. Charley Wadler finished with 24 points, including seven threes, and Sam Clareman had 20 points. Demetrius Jackson scored 26 for El Toro.
Westchester defeated. St. John Jesuit 62-48. Jordan Brinson led the Comets with 15 points. Fairfax defeated Piedmont 61-58. Shawn Booker and Jamal Hartwell each scored 19 points.
Crossroads lost to Foothills Christian 70-65 in overtime. Shareef O’Neal had 30 points.
Loyola missed a shot at the buzzer and fell to St. Ignatius 60-58.
In Delaware, Mason Hooks finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds in Harvard-Westlake’s 48-45 win over Florida Dillard.
In Oregon, Santa Ana Mater Dei defeated Jefferson 54-49. Michael Wang had 24 points and 18 rebounds. Crespi defeated Southridge 79-67. Brandon Williams had 32 points. Kyle Owens had 12 rebounds. Russ Stong added 17 points and Taj Regans 14.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Poway 80-69. Julian Rishwain scored 26 points, Ziaire Williams 19 and Max Moses 16.
No. 1 Bishop Montgomery (12-0) stayed unbeaten and rolled in the championship of the Spot Up tournament, defeating El Camino Real 63-38. Josh Vazquez had 17 points and Fletcher Tynen 16. David Singleton was named tournament MVP.
Calabasas took third place in the Spot Up tournament with a 78-72 win over Crenshaw. All-tournament selection Max Cheylov had 25 points.
Viewpoint defeated Twentynine Palms 81-65. Michael Feinberg poured in 37 points and had 16 rebounds.
St. Francis advanced to the championship game of the San Gabriel Valley tournament with with a 67-57 win over Yucaipa. Lucas Shin had 18 points. St. Francis will play Lakewood in the final at Nogales.
Capistrano Valley defeated Simi Valley 66-44. Washington Olympia defeated Westlake 46-38. Albert Zhang had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Westlake.
Dougherty Valley defeated Heritage Christian 81-74.
Northwood won the Tustin tournament with a 69-47 win over Los Osos. Jacob Huynh scored 32 points.
Sierra Canyon (8-1) won the Hart tournament with a 79-63 victory over Hart. K.J. Martin had 18 points and Terren Frank 17. Duane Washington was tourney MVP. Sierra Canyon gets transfer Cassius Stanley eligible on Monday and plays Bishop Montgomery on Jan. 5 at Cerritos College.
Granada Hills defeated Burbank 53-37.
Warren defeated Salesian 47-44 in overtime. Andre Fields had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Emilio Alvarez of Mountain View set a Covina tournament record by scoring 60 points in a 100-60 win over Sierra Vista.