By Gideon Rubin
Playing against top-flight competition at its own tournament, Torrey Pines held its own, going 2-2 in the elite National Division of the Falcons’ Maxpreps Holiday Classic, culminating with a 56-51 loss to Oakland in the consolation finals on Dec. 30.
The Falcons opened the tournament with a 67-63 loss to perennial state power Westchester of Los Angeles on Dec. 27, but they went on to defeat Curtis of University Place (Wash.) 66-39 on Dec. 28, and Coolidge of Washington (D.C.) 85-54, the next day.
The tournament featured 56 teams from 11 states and showcased about 30 players who’ve committed to Div. I schools, according to Maxpreps.com.
Joe Rahon scored 18 points to lead the Falcons in the Oakland game, and Nick Kerr added 15 points.
The Falcons rallied from a 24-10 deficit after the first quarter, closing to within 28-25 at halftime after holding their opponents to four points in the second quarter.
Kerr scored 25 points to lead the Falcons in the Coolidge game, and led the Falcons with 19 points against University Place.
Max Heller led the Falcons with 17 points in the Westchester game and Kerr added 15 points.
The Falcons overall record for the season dropped to 10-3.
Cathedral Catholic went 2-2 at the Maxpreps tournament, which the Dons concluded with a 64-55 victory over Knight of Palmdale in a Senator’s Division game on Dec. 30.
The Dons opened with a decisive 70-56 victory over defending Div. IV state champion Campbell Hall of North Hollywood on Dec. 27, but lost to Mayfair of Lakewood 63-54 and Gahr of Cerritos 52-49 on Dec. 28 and 29th, respectively.
Marco Kengott scored 21 points to lead the Dons in the Knight game, and Juan Martinez added 18 points.
Martinez led the Dons with 13 rebounds.
Xavier Williams led the Dons in with 12 points and nine rebounds in the Gahr game, and Kengott scored 13 points to lead the Dons in the Mayfair game.
Martinez scored 24 points to lead the Dons in the Campbell Hall game, and Williams added 16 points.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 9-4.
Canyon Crest Academy remained hot with strong showings at the El Cajon Holiday Classic and the Braves Christmas tournament.
The Ravens went 2-1 in the El Cajon tournament, trouncing El Cajon Valley 77-25 in their last game on Dec. 30.
They opened the tournament with 57-44 victory over Valley Center on Dec. 27 and then beat Oceanside 66-54 the next day in the Braves tournament at Rock Academy of San Diego.
The Ravens lost to Buhach of Atwater (Merced County) 57-56 in the El Cajon tournament semifinal on Dec. 29.
Cory Osetkowski’s stunning streak of 12 games in which he had a double-double (double digits in points and rebounds) ended in the ECV game, in which he grabbed 20 rebounds but was held to seven points. J.P. Chenevey scored 17 points to lead the Ravens in the ECV game, CCA’s seventh win in eight games.