Orange County: No holidays in tonight's championship games at Chapman, Estancia

Mater Dei may show that it's vulnerable and not quite the team it was last year, but the Monarchs managed to remained unbeaten in Orange County Wednesday by scoring a 69-48 victory over Foothill in a semifinal from the Orange Holiday Classic.

Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in OC by ESPNLA, got 17 points from Xavier Johnson and was aided by No. 5 Foothill's 38 percent shooting performance.

It now sets up one of the most intriguing games of the tournament season.

Mater Dei (12-1) will play play No. 3 Anaheim Canyon (12-1) in the championship game scheduled for tonight, 8:30 p.m., at Chapman University. The teams met in the Loara tournament finals and Canyon led after one quarter and was tied, 24-24, at halftime before Mater Dei pulled away for a 73-64 victory. In that game, Johnson scored 40 and the Monarchs outscored Canyon, 24-16, in the third quarter to provide all but one point of the difference.

Something similar took place against Foothill, as Mater Dei outscored Foothill (10-3) in the second quarter by 15 points to provide the bulk of the margin of victory.

Canyon reached the Holiday Classic final with a 69-61 victory over Carmichael Jesuit as JoJo Ballestero scored 25 points.


Second-ranked Mission Viejo (13-0) and No. 7 Aliso Niguel (13-0) will face each other at 8 p.m. at Estancia High in the finals of the Coast Classic.

Aliso continued to storm through the tournament with a victory over Mercer Island, Wash., 71-44, as Bryan Fisher and Scott Lynds scored 18 points apiece.

Mission Viejo defeated Corona, 60-50, behind Isaac Neilson, a 6-10 center who scored a season-high 29 points; he also had 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots.