Capital Christian, The Bee’s top-ranked team, and No. 2 Sacramento will be put to the test Thursday through Saturday in the 60th annual Gridley Invitational.
Sacramento will open at 4 p.m. Thursday against Riordan of San Francisco, and Capital Christian will play Salesian of Richmond at 8:30 p.m.
Also entered are Newark Memorial, Campolindo of Moraga and host Gridley, among the top teams in Northern California.
Capital Christian enters the tournament coming off an impressive 58-48 win over Modesto Christian in Modesto on Saturday.
Stanford-bound (for football) Nifae Lealao led the Cougars with 14 points. Senior guard Marcellus Perry, who missed last season with a knee injury, scored 10.
Other tournaments of note this week:
The tournament will include Jesuit of Dallas, Xavier of Melbourne, Australia, defending CIF Northern California Regional Division V champion St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda and No. 13 Rocklin. Host Jesuit plays Xavier at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Rocklin plays St. Ignatius of San Francisco at 8:30.
The Marauders are coming off a championship run at the Wild West Shootout in Reno last weekend. Jesuit defeated Bishop Manogue of Reno 84-64 in the championship game Saturday.
Tournament MVP Lake Lutes scored 38 points, Isaiah Bailey 24 and Brady Anderson 15.
In Thursday’s opening round, No. 15 Kennedy plays Lincoln at 3:30 p.m., followed by: 5 p.m., College Park vs. Fairfield; 6:30 p.m., Alhambra of Martinez vs. Tenison Woods of Mount Gambier, Australia; and at 8, Antelope vs. Excel Academy of Stockton.
Antelope fell to No. 8 Burbank 56-53 in the championship game of the West Campus Tournament on Saturday.
Burbank’s Jalen Coates, who had 14 points and seven assists, was named tournament MVP.
In other games, No. 7 Cosumnes Oaks plays Foothill at 4 p.m., No. 16 Granite Bay faces Lincoln of Stockton at 5:30, and Monterey Trail takes on Yuba City at 7.
THE BEE’S TOP 20
|1. Capital Christian||3-0||1|
|6. Pleasant Grove||0-0||9|
|7. Cosumnes Oaks||2-1||8|
|10. Del Oro||5-1||15|
|11. Rio Americano||4-0||-|
|12. Del Campo||4-1||6|
|16. Granite Bay||3-1||-|
|19. Christian Brothers||1-0||19|
|20. Mesa Verde||2-0||-|
The Bee’s Joe Davidson takes a look at Rio Americano’s fast start plus other notes from boys basketball action last weekend.