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first_imgTOURNAMENT TIME Want a glimpse of the next possible LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Baron Davis or Dwight Howard? Consider heading Saturday to Fullerton for the 2006 Pangos Dream Classic, annually one of the premier high school basketball tournaments – one in which James, Pierce, Davis and Howard competed before NBA superstardom. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Campbell Hall vs. Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge, 1 p.m. Centennial vs. Serra of Gardena, 2:30 p.m. Hoover of San Diego vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m. Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas vs. Pasadena, 5:30 p.m. Dominguez vs. Westchester, 7 p. Among the top players at Hope will be Dominguez’s Brandon Jennings, widely considered the nation’s top sophomore, and Notre Dame will get a first-hand look at one of the top juniors, Hoover’s JayDee Luster. Dominguez’s Patrick Christopher, Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas’ Marcus Lawrence, Centennial’s Jervaughn Johnson and Westchester’s Ahmad Cook have signed with NCAA Division I programs. DON’T MESS … Granada Hills didn’t know what to expect when Ryan White transferred from Elsik High of Houston last September. The Highlanders, it turns out, might have stumbled on a keeper. The 5-foot-10 junior point guard is averaging 26 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.9 steals per game for Granada Hills, which will be home tonight at 7 against El Camino Real of Woodland Hills in a West Valley League game. “He’s done a nice job of adjusting,” Highlanders coach Don Loperena said. “He’s one of the better point guards in the City. It’s just a matter of time before people start to recognize him. “He tends to try and it all for us. We’re trying to get him to trust his teammates more. He’s the type of player that can make others around him better.” White’s steady play is critical for Granada Hills’ playoff hopes. The Highlanders play Wednesday at Birmingham of Lake Balboa and next Friday at Taft of Woodland Hills, and how they fare could go far in determining their postseason fate. “I’m beginning to feel a lot more comfortable,” White said. “Every day is getting easier. My teammates have been great. “We have some big games coming up. Birmingham and Taft are the top teams in league. We need at least one win. We need to come out and handle ours.” THEY SAID IT “Once I find my rhythm, it’s on. The other team is in trouble. I can go for 40 whenever I want. It’s like lighting a match that starts the flame.” – Taft of Woodland Hills’ Calvin Haynes after scoring 13 points in the second quarter Wednesday, three more than Birmingham of Lake Balboa’s total. Haynes scored 29 points in the Toreadors’ West Valley League victory. SEVEN-DAY FORECAST POTENTIAL HERO Cleveland of Reseda opened the season with seven losses before putting together a three-game winning streak. The Cavaliers figure to get better with the return of Corey Duncan, who has missed nearly two weeks of practice with two fractured ribs. The senior is expected to be in uniform tonight against Birmingham of Lake Balboa in a pivotal West Valley League game. POTENTIAL UPSET Defending Golden League champion Quartz Hill finds itself at a crossroads of sorts, sitting in a second-place tie with Knight of Palmdale behind unbeaten Lancaster. A victory tonight at Lancaster puts the Rebels firmly in the hunt. A loss likely ends all hopes of back-to-back league titles. GAME OF THE WEEK Thousand Oaks at Calabasas, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thousand Oaks has been clicking on all cylinders since Marmonte League play began, winning its first five games by an average of 16.8 points. Calabasas has had to work harder for its success. If the Coyotes get by Agoura tonight and Thousand Oaks beats Newbury Park, this is a showdown between undefeated, top-10 teams. LEAGUE UPDATES FOOTHILL Struggling Hart of Newhall (7-8, 0-2) looks to turn things around tonight at home against co-leader Valencia, which might be distracted by its showdown Wednesday against Canyon of Canyon Country, which has a share of the league lead. And the Cowboys can’t look past tonight’s game at fourth-place Burbank or they risk letting third-place Burroughs of Burbank back into the title chase. MARMONTE Thousand Oaks and Calabasas are the league’s elite, leaving Agoura (11-6, 3-2), Westlake (10-6, 3-2), Simi Valley (8-9, 3-2) and Newbury Park (7-9, 2-3) to battle for the final two automatic berths in the Southern Section playoffs. SANTA FE Boran Rajcic does a bit of everything for Bell-Jeff of Burbank. The senior from Croatia is shooting 67 percent from field, 82 percent from the free-throw line and averages 21.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 6.1 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.6 assists per game. Rajcic scored 30 points with 12 rebounds and seven blocks Monday, then scored 33 points with 15 rebounds and five blocks Wednesday. He has scored 30 or more more points in three of the past four games and will try to lead a Guards’ upset tonight of visiting Verbum Dei of Los Angeles. VALLEY MISSION Sylmar gave a statement-making performance Wednesday in a 93-80 victory over Reseda, which had cracked the Daily News’ top 20 a week ago. Sophomore guard Mat Hankins made six 3-pointers en route to 28 points, nine above his average. Kennedy of Granada Hills, which takes on Sylmar next Wednesday, beat San Fernando 69-62 Wednesday in its league opener as Kevin Riewthong scored 16 points, Robert Valentine added 13 and Patrick Gbewonyi finished with 11. WEST VALLEY Chatsworth has won six in a row, the latest a 31-point blowout Wednesday over El Camino Real of Woodland Hills. The Chancellors tonight take that streak against host Taft of Woodland Hills, which expects to have sophomore guard Larry Drew (strained Achilles’) back in the lineup. After that, Chatsworth plays Wednesday at Cleveland, next Friday at home against Birmingham of Lake Balboa and then next Saturday against Montclair Prep of Panorama City at the War on the Floor Tournament. DAILY NEWS TOP 20 Team, Record, LW 1. Harvard-Westlake 14-3 1 2. Taft 10-4 2 3. Campbell Hall 12-3 3 4. Thousand Oaks 16-2 4 5. La Canada 13-2 5 6. Chatsworth 11-1 8 7. Notre Dame 11-5 6 8. Oak Park 13-4 9 9. Chaminade 13-3 10 10. Calabasas 13-4 11 11. Birmingham 7-8 7 12. Montclair Prep 14-4 13 13. Valencia 14-3 14 14. Canyon 12-6 18 15. Burroughs 15-3 12 16. Sylmar 4-8 15 17. Agoura 11-6 NR 18. Lancaster 11-7 NR 19. Granada Hills 12-4 NR 20. Cleveland 3-8 16 SMALL SCHOOLS Team, Record, LW 1. Campbell Hall 12-3 1 2. Oak Park 13-4 2 3. Montclair Prep 14-4 3 4. Oaks Christian 8-8 4 5. Hillcrest Chr. (GH) 8-6 6 6. Renaissance Acad. 9-4 5 7. Providence 11-4 7 8. Buckley 5-5 8 9. L.A. Baptist 9-3 9 10. Bell-Jeff 7-8 10 SCORING LEADERS Player, School, Avg. Simon Brookim, Valley Torah 29.4 Jarrel Smith, Birmingham 28.1 Ryan White, Granada Hills 26.0 Robert Valentine, Kennedy 25.7 Justus Vonwright, Van Nuys 23.9 Ryan Brooks, Reseda 22.7 D.J. Gay, Poly 22.7 Jordan Cameron, Newbury Park 21.7 Boran Rajcic, Bell-Jeff 21.6 Matt Talamantes, Viewpoint 21.6 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Two of the Daily News’ top 10 teams – Campbell Hall of North Hollywood and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks – will be playing at Hope International’s Darling Pavilion (across Nutwood Avenue from Cal State Fullerton), along with defending City Section and Div. I state champion Westchester of Los Angeles and perennial Southern Section powers Centennial of Compton and Dominguez of Compton. The schedule: last_img read more