The massive 10-division, 252-team CIF Southern Section boys basketball tournament is down to 20 teams. The Open Division final between host, top seed and two-time defending state champion Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) and No. 2 seed Centennial (Corona) is one of 10 championship games.
Sierra Canyon (15-0) won three straight pool play games over St. John Bosco-Bellflower (60-46), Ribet Academy-Los Angeles (82-70) and Etiwanda (82-76) and hasn't lost a playoff game since dropping the 2018 Open Division final to Mater Dei (Santa Ana).
Centennial (20-2) won its Pool B despite losing the opener to Harvard-Westlake-Studio City (70-65). The Huskies came back to defeat Damien-La Verne (82-69) and Mater Dei (84-69).
Despite injuries and adjustments to its roster, Sierra Canyon has loads of firepower led by five-star junior guard Amari Bailey
(UCLA commit), 6-6 junior guard Ramel Lloyd Jr. and 6-6 junior forward Shy Odom. Bailey is averaging more than 28 points per game.
Centennial is led by guards Kylan Boswell
, Jared McCain
and Donovan Dent
. The Huskies rely on constant defensive pressure.
Southern Section Boys Basketball Championships