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.
Junior guard Jaden Hardy is averaging 34.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 9.4 assists for Coronado, which plays Bishop Gorman on Friday in the Big City Showdown.
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.
The NIAA Board of Control has approved the alignment and playoff formats under which schools will play for the next two school years for fall sports.
Boulder City junior Ethan Speaker, a 6-foot-6-inch wing, is averaging 24.7 points and 10.2 rebounds and has caught the attention of Division I basketball coaches.
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.
Kenny Sanchez was 65-8 in five seasons as Gorman’s football coach, leading the Gaels to four state championships and two mythical national titles.
The Bulldogs navigated the most treacherous part of their schedule without standout guards Taylor Bigby and Daejah Phillips, who both sustained ankle injuries last month.
The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program announced Thursday a $250,000 gift from the Raiders to replace the worn-out synthetic field at Rancho.