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January 06, 2003

BEN BOLCH'S BOYS' BASKETBALL RANKINGS AND COMMENTS:

*--* Rk School (Record) Comment (Previous ranking) 1 MATER DEI Sloppy coup attempt fails against King James & (15-2, SS-Div. Co. (1) II-A) 2 FAIRFAX (13-1, Week includes victory over national powerhouse City-Div. I) Miami Christian. (2) 3 WESTCHESTER Comets eyeing Jan. 14 showdown with Western (14-1, League rival Fairfax. (3) City-Div. I) 4 BISHOP MONT. Fred Washington has triple-double in win over (15-1, SS-Div. Harvard-Westlake. (5) III-A) 5 BREA OLINDA Only team with more wins to open season is 14-0 (12-0, SS-Div. St. Margaret's. (7) II-A) 6 FONTANA (14-1, Steelers poised to end Eisenhower's control of SS-Div. I-AA) Citrus Belt League. (8) 7 SAN GORGONIO Spartans endure 18-point loss to Fontana. (6) (12-2, SS-Div. II-AA) 8 SILVERADO Hawks turn back Etiwanda's bid to soar into (13-1, SS-Div. rankings. (9) I-AA) 9 HARVARD-WESTLAK Game against Loyola on Wednesday is Wolverines' E (10-4, defining moment. (10) SS-Div. III-A) 10 CARSON (10-3, Ekene Ibekwe produces in clutch against Compton City-Div. I) Centennial. (12) 11 LOYOLA (10-3, Cubs listless except for sharp-shooting Davis SS-Div. I-A) Cantor. (4) 12 MISSION VIEJO Diablos will face stiff competition in South (15-1, SS-Div. Coast League. (13) I-A) 13 ARTESIA (10-2, Pioneers have regained championship form. (14) SS-Div. III-AA) 14 OCEAN VIEW Idle Seahawks rest in preparation for Nike (11-3, SS-Div. Extravaganza. (16) III-A) 15 VERBUM DEI Only team in Southland to beat Price twice over (9-5, SS-Div. last two seasons. (15) IV-A) 16 EL TORO (14-2, Chargers gorged by new Orange County power Brea SS-Div. I-A) Olinda. (17) 17 PRICE (14-1, Run at perfection ends in overtime thriller. SS-Div. V-A) (18) 18 MAYFAIR (8-4, Dejon Prejean has coming-out party with 17 SS-Div. II-A) points against Loyola. (NR) 19 WALNUT (10-1, Mustangs hold steady in rankings after beating SS-Div. I-A) Alta Loma. (19) 20 CANYON SPRINGS Cougars plummet in rankings after losses to (10-4, SS-Div. Price, Lynwood. (11) I-A) 21 DIAMOND BAR One emerging candidate as this season's (12-3, SS-Div. Riverside King. (20) I-AA) 22 ST. JOHN BOSCO Guard Eric Lane adroitly takes leadership (12-4, SS-Div. reins. (21) II-AA) 23 FREMONT (6-3, Victory over Santa Margarita keeps Eagles from City-Div. I) rankings debut. (23) 24 CRENSHAW Cougars register three-point victory over (10-4, Carlsbad. (25) City-Div. I) 25 EISENHOWER Eagles' record belies their strength after (7-6, SS-Div. tough early schedule. (24) I-AA)

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