Baseline League honors: Boys Basketball

Chino Hills LiAngelo Ball (3) drives to the basket for two of his game high 72 points as he is defended by Rancho Christian's Isaiah Mobley (right) during the first half Wednesday night in Corona. Chino Hills defeated Rancho Christian 128-108 during the Corona Centennial basketball tournament in Corona. The 72 points by Ball were the 10th most ever scored by a California high school player. (Will Lester-SCNG/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

MVP: LiAngelo Ball, Senior, Chino Hills

First team
LaMelo Ball, Soph., Chino Hills
Kessler Edwards, Jr., Etiwanda
Justin Hemsley, Sr., Damien
Elijah McCullough, Jr., Damien
Onyeka Okongwu, Soph., Chino Hills
Eli Scott, Sr., Chino Hills
Cameron Shelton, Jr., Damien
Kelvin Wright, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga

Second team
Ezekial Alley, Sr., Damien
Colin Cunniff, Sr., Damien
Phaquan Davis, Soph., Chino Hills
Shane Johnson, Sr., Los Osos
Toby Okwuoki, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Miles Oliver, Sr., Etiwanda
Bryce Parker, Jr., Upland
Osys Stokes, Sr., Upland
Ofure Ujadughele, Jr., Chino Hills

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Just how does LaMelo Ball’s 92-point game stack up?

LaMelo Ball created quite the national buzz when he scored 92 points last night in a 146-123 win over Los Osos.

Here is the list from MaxPreps on where that game stands:

Most points scored in the past 25 years
101 – Cedric Hensley, Heritage Christian (Cleveland, Texas), Jan. 16, 2001
100 – DaJuan Wagner, Camden (N.J.), Jan. 16, 2001
100 – Tigran Grigorian, Mesrobian (Pico Rivera, Calif.), Feb. 11, 2003
94 – Greg Barr, Camden (N.J.), 1992
92 – Henry Yhegwu, Gulf Shores Academy (Houston), Feb. 15, 2002
92 – LaMelo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.), Feb. 7, 2017
90 – Cash Eggleston, Minnesota Transitions (Minneapolis), Feb. 2, 2005
89 – Chad Bickley, Valley Christian Academy (Santa Maria, Calif.), Feb. 1992
83 – Taureen Moy, Washington (Memphis, Tenn.), Dec. 5, 2000
82 – Ethan Chaffin, Harrison Christian Academy (Harrison, Ark.), March 3, 2012

Most points scored during 2016-17 season
92 – LaMelo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.), Feb. 7, 2017
72 – LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.), Nov. 30, 2016
72 – Matthew Bradley, San Bernardino (Calif.), Jan. 11, 2017
68 – Michael Foster, Heirway Christian Academy (Douglasville, Ga.), Nov. 8, 2016
65 – LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.), Dec. 26, 2016
63 – Dominik Fragala, John Champe (Aldie, Va.), Dec. 16, 2016
62 – Taylor Trudeau, Mount Dora Christian Academy (Fla.), Jan. 21, 2017
61 – Taylor Schildroth, Stevens Academy (Blue Hill, Maine), Jan. 6, 2017
61 – Tilquan Rucker, South Bronx Prep (N.Y.), Jan. 31, 2017
60 – Timmy Dalton, Lawrence County (Louisa, Ky.), Feb. 6, 2017
60 – LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.), Jan. 20, 2017
60 – Parker Hicks, Decatur (Texas), Dec. 20, 2016

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Chino Hills basketball players share national honor

Chino HIlls High School's LaMelo Ball, right, drives to the basket as Mater Dei High School's MJ Cage defends during the CIF Open Division semifinals on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Chino, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Many have had a hard time trying to decide which of the Chino Hills freshman basketball standouts have had the bigger impact – center Onyeka Okongwu or guard  LaMelo Ball.

Well MaxPreps couldn’t decide either and has named the two Co-Freshman Players of the Year. It is quite an honor given that five players were chosen to the first team nationwide and two come from the same team.

Here is the link to the MaxPreps rundown on those chosen.


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LaMelo Ball commits to UCLA and hasn’t played a high school game

A third Ball is headed to UCLA.

No not Lonzo or younger brother LiAngelo. It’s the youngest of the family.

LaMelo Ball, 13, the youngest brother in the basketball playing family said today he too has committed to the Bruins even though he has yet to play a high school game.

“It is my dream school,” he said. “I decided to get it out of the way now instead of waiting for the future.”

Other schools looking at the youngest Ball included Virginia and Washington State but he opted to follow his brothers, although he said that wasn’t a major factor.

Lonzo, who will be a senior this fall, committed to the Bruins as a sophomore and last year as a sophomore LiAngelo did the same. All three will play together for the Huskies but they won;t be together at UCLA even for a year because Lonzo has made it known he wants to be “one and done” at UCLA.

The three brothers on the same floor will be a marquee attraction this winter. The three brothers combined for 93 points in a recent travel ball game for Big Ballers.

Here is the video from MaxPreps of that performance:

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