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Marvin Bagley III
In a marquee matchup against Nevada power Bishop Gorman at the Mater Dei Extravaganza, Bagley wowed the crowd with a dazzling 43-point performance in a 98-72 victory on Saturday, breaking the showcase’s single-game record of 41 points by Bishop Gorman’s Shabazz Muhammad. In addition to an array of dunks and artful passes, Bagley contributed 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Landa has been handling goalkeeper duties for one of the top teams in the area this season. He was really put in the pressure cooker last week against Monrovia and came up big. Leading 2-1 over Monrovia in a game that will likely decide the Rio Hondo League championship, Landa made several big second-half saves to help preserve the win and put his team on the doorstep of a league title. The only goal he allowed was on a free kick.
DeSouza scored the golden goal in overtime on Jan. 31 to lead Mira Costa (9-5-2, 3-2-0) past defending Bay League champ Palos Verdes. On Friday, deSouza scored twice in an 8-0 rout of Inglewood.
He scored 62 points over three wins for the Monarchs. Bol, a 7-foot junior, scored 17 points with eight rebounds and five blocked shots in a Trinity League win over JSerra, scored 19 points with nine rebounds in a Nike Extravaganza win over Village Christian of Sun Valley, and scored 26 points with nine rebounds and five blocks in a Nike Extravaganza win over St. Augustine of San Diego. Bol shot 27 for 39 from the field (69 percent) and was 8 for 9 at the free-throw line (89 percent).
As the Jackrabbits clinched their eighth straight Moore League title last Friday, Sadler had 12 points in Poly’s 62-55 victory over Jordan. On the bright stage of the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei on Saturday, Sadler had a career-high 26 points in the Jackrabbits 72-49 victory over Orange Lutheran.
The midfielder continues to thrive through a banner season. Last Wednesday, he scored twice and had two assists in an 8-0 victory over Murrieta Valley. Landeros leads the Pumas with 16 goals; Chaparral leads the Southwestern League with a 5-1-2 league record.
Ott helped the Scorpions rally from a 16-point second-half deficit for a 45-43 win over Oak Hills to remain atop the Mojave River League and CIF Southern Section Division 3A. Ott had 24 points and 24 rebounds in the game to lead all scorers.
The 6-foot-2 point guard and team captain came up huge for the Wolfpack in a 66-56 upset of Palomares League frontrunner Bonita with 17 points, eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Later in the week, Claremont registered a 64-48 win over Ayala with Scalmanini chalking up eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and a steal. This season, Scalmanini, who has signed with Westmont College, is averaging 17 points, four assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals.
Redlands East Valley
Hermann scored a season-high 28 points with five 3-pointers in a win over Miller on Jan. 31 and followed it up with another strong game in Thursday’s win over Miller with 17 points and five rebounds.
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