The countdown to the closing of Fisher Gym is here.
The gym at Mira Costa High is hosting the Pacific Shores boys basketball tournament this week, culminating Saturday with the final day of the tournament and the gym.
Fisher Gym will be demolished in the coming months to clear way for the construction of Mira Costa’s new $39-million gym, which is supposed to be completed by the fall of 2020.
The final game of the tournament is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. That time was originally slated for the tournament championship, but Mira Costa will play in the game regardless of which place it is playing for.
Mira Costa’s basketball teams will play their “home” games at various locations during the construction of the new gym.
Pacific Shores Tournament schedule
Here is the schedule for the next two days of action at Mira Costa:
Wednesday: Mary Star-Brentwood (3 p.m.); Golden Valley-Rolling Hills Prep (4:30 p.m.); Peninsula-Venice (6 p.m.); Mira Costa-Carson (7:30 p.m.)
Thursday: Golden Valley-Carson (3 p.m.); Venice-Mary Star (4:30 p.m.); Peninsula-Brentwood (6 p.m.); Mira Costa-Rolling Hills Prep (7:30 p.m.)
Trevor Ariza Tip-Off
Westchester High is hosting the Trevor Ariza Tip-Off Classic.
The tournament got underway Monday with Bishop Montgomery defeating West Torrance 60-55, led by Josh Vazquez’s 25-point night, and Leuzinger’s 89-69 victory over Hart, behind Amound Anderson’s 28 points.
Long Beach Poly and Washington Prep also won their games.
The quarterfinals will take place Wednesday and Thursday.
Leuzinger will face Bishop Montgomery at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The semifinals are set for Friday (6:30 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.) and the championship is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Benny the freshman opening eyes
Rolling Hills Prep freshman Benny Gealer hit three 3-pointers on his way to a 17-point night Monday in a 65-40 victory over Carson at the Mira Costa Pacific Shores Tournament.
He is a freshman, but his calm demeanor on the court suggests otherwise.
“He can score,” RHP coach Harvey Kitani said. “He’s put up some numbers. I like his moxie.”
Bishop Montgomery wins Battle at the Beach
The Bishop Montgomery girls team captured the championship of the Battle at the Beach at Redondo on Saturday.
The Knights had an impressive run, knocking off the state’s preseason No. 1, Windward, 61-57 in the semifinals and No. 5 Etiwanda 59-50 in the finals.
The Knights also knocked off No. 22 Chaminade. Kayla Williams was selected tournament MVP.
In the Gold Division, North Torrance defeated Palos Verdes, 55-37.
CIF rankings released
The first set of rankings done by the CIF-Southern Section were released Monday.
Here are some highlights in the boys rankings: Bishop Montgomery is fifth in Division 1. St. Bernard is seventh in Division 7, West Torrance is second in 2A.
Rolling Hills Prep is the top-ranked team in Division 3AA and Mira Costa is sixth. Palos Verdes is ranked second in Division 3A.
On the girls side, Bishop Montgomery is No. 1 in Division 1, with Redondo (seventh) and Serra (12th) also ranked.
Rolling Hills Prep (2AA) and St. Mary’s Academy (2A) are the top-ranked teams in their divisions.
The first Open Division watch list will be released Jan. 7.
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