San Diego Top 25- Rise of the Titans and more
To say that the opening week of basketball in San Diego was crazy would be a tremendous understatement.
Full-Time Hoops was at an opening night game that pitted No. 1 La Costa Canyon against No. 22 Poway, which on paper should have been a blowout. Poway hung tough before bowing out to the Mavericks by 10.
Little did we know that just a day later, Poway would take out Foothills Christian and later in the week soundly defeat El Camino to notch two top-10 victories in a span of four days.
Poway, as a result, has vaulted into the top 10, which also sees Mater Dei (champions, Olympian tournament), Francis Parker, Torrey Pines and Foothills Christian all rise in the Top 10.
Meanwhile, University City and Mission Hills have also made nice rises in the Top 25, with University City beating Madison and Kearny, teams ranked ahead of them in the standings.
The biggest drops of the week include Serra, which took a bad loss to Scripps Ranch in the West Hills tournament, Vista, which started its campaign with close losses against Hoover and Morse in the Eagle Invitational, and Madison, which lost games against University City, La Jolla and Calvin Christian.
La Costa Canyon (3-0) That win over Poway looked a lot better by the end of the week.
St. Augustine (3-0)- Trey Kell and Co. have been rolling teams by 30+ points per game.
Mater Dei (5-0)- Huge psychological victory over a top-10 team that beat them in the same tournament last year, San Marcos.
Torrey Pines (3-0)- Falcons have not been challenged in first stanza of the West Hills tourney.
Francis Parker (2-0)- Fitzner has come out firing, but contributions from Cross, Jenkins, Cruz and Pelaiz have been immeasurable.
San Marcos (4-1)- Knights were rolling until losing a late lead against Mater Dei Catholic. Senior Ben Perez has been outstanding.
Poway (2-1)- Upsets over El Camino and Foothills Christian vault the Titans into the top 10. Dalton Soffer and Tommy Erb are the constant, but contributions from 2015 Matt Beeler have been huge.
Foothills Christian (2-1)- TJ Leaf is off to a huge start, but Dane Norman’s 20-point effort over Hoover was a welcome contribution. Lone loss is to Poway.
Hoover (2-1)- Shorthanded due to academics, Cardinals beat a solid Vista team before bowing to Foothills.
El Camino (2-2)- Playing without starting backcourt of Devin Watson (transfer rules) and Dakota Orr (injury), the Wildcats lost to Foothills on opening night in a wild finish, and soundly to Poway.
Escondido (3-1)- Playing away from home along the Central Coast, the Cougars notched a quality win against Arroyo Grande before bowing to talented Villa Park in Championship of Morro Bay Tournament.
Morse (1-1) – Brandon McCoy’s eligibility will pay dividends further down the road for Morse, which split games against North County teams El Camino (loss) and Vista (win).
Mission Bay (NP)- Mission Bay has among the latest starts in the San Diego Section. Justin Moore and crew start next week.
Mission Hills (3-0)- TJ Hanks, Tony Stanich and Jean-Luc Williams have come up big for the Grizzlies in wins against Scripps Ranch, Oceanside and SFC.
University City (5-0)- Defeated fellow breakout candidates Kearny and Madison en route to championship of GameonSports tournament.
Vista (0-2)- Panthers played Hoover and Morse close before bowing out late. Strength of schedule keeps them ahead of others – for now.
Steele Canyon (3-0)- Cougars won a tournament in wine country, but did not face the stiffest of competition. True tests come this week against San Clemente and El Camino
Westview (1-1)- Defeated Helix before bowing out to Francis Parker.
Kearny (4-1)- Nine-point loss to University City is nothing to be ashamed of. Took care of business in other games against Calvin Christian and La Jolla, among others.
Del Norte (4-1)- Got slammed by San Marcos in semis of Olympian tournament, but rebounded with nice win against Grossmont.
Serra (1-2)- Losing to St. Augustine by 20+ wasn’t nearly as disappointing as the inexplicable loss to Scripps Ranch, but the Q’s rebounded with a win against Oceanside.
Sweetwater (1-0)- Lone win was via forfeit when the Rock Academy canceled its tilt. Date with University City looms on Thursday.
Army-Navy (NP)- Warriors kick off the season with a major test: improved Westminster at the Beach Bash.
Mt. Carmel (1-2)- Nearly upset El Camino before losing to LCC by double digits.
Grossmont (3-2)- Tommy Rutherford nearly led the Foothillers to an upset of Mater Dei before a disappointing finish to the Olympian tournament with a loss to Del Norte.
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