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.
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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:
• Fourth-ranked Jesuit will host the 40th annual Father Barry Christmas Classic from Thursday through Saturday.
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.
• No. 18 Antelope also will play host to an Australian team in its fifth annual Titan Holiday Classic, along with defending CIF NorCal Regional Division II champion College Park of Pleasant Hill.
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.
• Pleasant Grove will try to capture its third consecutive Mark Macres championship at Monterey Trail. The No. 6 Eagles open Thursday at 8:30 p.m. against No. 19 Christian Brothers.
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.
• Fifth-ranked Folsom, fresh off beating Yuba City, McClatchy and Elk Grove to win the Bill Cartwright Tournament in Elk Grove, will host the 27th annual Folsom-Vista tournament Thursday through Saturday. The Bulldogs play Center at 7 p.m. in Thursday’s opening round.
Notes – Rio Americano jumped into The Bee’s rankings at No. 11 after capturing its 39th annual Jack Scott Tournament with a 67-58 win over Del Campo. Tournament MVP Josh Parkinson had 19 points and Luke Moore 18 to lead the Raiders.
• Granite Bay topped Davis 83-58 for the Bronco Roundup title at Bella Vista on Saturday, but the tournament’s biggest buzz came Friday night when Brett Bloomfield of the Blue Devils made a running half-court heave at the buzzer to beat Oakmont 75-74.
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.