O.C.: Big tourneys have an orange flavor this week

Some of the top boys' basketball teams in Orange County are staying local this week, though predictably Mater Dei is not. The Monarchs (8-1), whose Xavier Johnson got plenty of attention last week in the City of Palms Classic, will be in the Palm Springs area for the MaxPreps Holiday Classic at Cathedral City High. Mater Dei is obviously hoping to finish better than the fifth place, which it did in Florida.

Locally, the Orange Holiday Classic is at Chapman University (title game Thursday), the Century Elks Classic is at Century High (title game Friday), and the Coast Classic is at Estancia (title game Friday).

Down Interstate 5, the Holiday Classic in San Diego will have 78 teams across five divisions. There aren't any O.C. teams in the National Division, but there are some in the other divisions.

It should be an exciting week.