It has been quite a start to the season for the Chino Hills boys basketball team and senior LiAngelo Ball in particular.
The middle of the basketBall brothers has scored 154 points in his team’s first three games at the Corona Centennial BattleZone. It was a 72-point output in Wednesday night’s 128-108 over Rancho Christian that had social media buzzing and the most knowledgeable experts scouring through record books.
Ball, who will follow older brother Lonzo to UCLA, shot 44 percent (28-for-60) from the field which included a 13-for-32 showing from long distance.
It was the most points in school history and the sixth most all-time in a game in CIF-SS history, and tenth best single-game in state history.
Tigran Grigorian of Los Angeles Mesrobian holds the CIF-SS record with 100 points in a game set in 2002-03.
First-year coach Stephan Gilling, who took over the reigns from Steve Baik, says that likely won’t be the last time Ball puts up those kind of numbers.
“We’re going to see more games like that,” Gilling said. “He’s a scorer.”
Ball had 26 in the Huskies first game, a 101-82 win over Rancho Verde on Monday. He then dumped in 56 on Tuesday in a 121-89 win over Orange Lutheran.
While scoring is LiAngelo’s forte, Gilling said the other dynamic that has been added to his game is the role of leader. Lonzo had been that player all four of his year but with him having departed, that role is now squarely on LiAngelo.
“This is is team now,” Gilling said. “He’s been through it all and knows his role now is to take on that part of the game too.”