The Gaels welcomed new rival Coronado to the showcase by overcoming an early double-figure deficit at Cox Pavilion and scoring a nationally televised 70-62 victory.
Plenty of league titles and playoff seedings hang in the balance, and several games will determine how teams line up entering the postseason.
Bentleigh Hoskins made a short jumper in the lane with four seconds left as Bishop Gorman edged Spring Valley 53-52 to keep its Southwest League title hopes alive.
Liberty’s Julian Strawther scored 25 points in Friday’s 79-52 win over Tech, and a 3-pointer in the first quarter put him over the 2,000-point mark.
Jaden Hardy scored 26 points and had a bevy of highlight-reel passes that led to easy shots for teammates, and Coronado ran away for a 100-86 win over Liberty.
Garrisen Freeman had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to lead the Grizzlies past Desert Oasis on Tuesday night. Aaliyah Gayles added 15 points and seven rebounds.
Which league is the most competitive? What are some can’t-miss player matchups? Can anybody upend the Gorman boys and Centennial girls dynasties?
Gorman went on a 15-3 run to take a one-point lead over Corona Centennial (California) in the second half but couldn’t maintain the momentum in a 71-55 loss.
Bronny James, a freshman guard at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California, is not the best player but is the most popular on the seventh-ranked team in the country.
Bronny James and Sierra Canyon will play two games in the event, while Bishop Gorman aims to keep the Platinum Division title at home for the third straight year.