Chino Hills duo to play in basketball all-star game

Chino Hills’ LiAngelo Ball (#3), drives to the basket between Damien’s Justin Hemsley (#43), and Ezekiel Alley (#5) during the second half of Friday night’s Baseline League game at Damien High School in La Verne, Ca., January 27, 2017. The national ranked Huskies beat the Spartans 124-102, getting their 57th straight win. (Photo by John Valenzuela/SCNG)

LiAngelo Ball and Eli Scott of Chino Hills will be participating in the BallisLife All-Star game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Long Beach City College.

Doors open at 3 p.m. with festivities beginning at 4 p.m. including 3-point shooting and dunk competitions.

Last year LiAngelo’s older brother Lonzo took part in the event and was named most valuable player.

Among the other players slated to compete are Jalen Hill of Corona Centennial and Jaylen Hands of Foothills Christian, who along with Ball have signed with UCLA.

Scott has singed with Loyola Marymount.

Here is the link for those who want more information.

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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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Chino Hills senior LiAngelo Ball has night to remember

Chino Hill’s LiAngelo Ball at Haas Pavillion in Berkeley, CA on Friday, March 27, 2015. 2nd half of CIF State Division 1 boys basketball final between Chino Hills and Danville’s San Ramon Valley. San Ramon Valley won 79-71 in double overtime. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

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.”


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Honors continue to roll in for Chino Hills basketball players


Chino Hills' Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin's boys basketball Player of the Year.   (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s boys basketball Player of the Year. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The storybook season for the Chino Hills boys basketball team, continues to lands its players individual accolades.

Senior guard Lonzo Ball, who has already garnered four national player of the year and a state player of the year awards, has been named Mr. California Basketball by CalHi Sports. He averaged a tripled double – 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds and 11.5 assists, adding in 5.1 steals and 2 blocks a game.

He is the first state player of the year from the Inland Empire since current San Antonio Spurs standout Kawhi Leonard (Riverside Martin Luther King) in 2009. If you consider the San Gabriel Valley as part of the greater Inland Empire region along the 60-71 corridor, Ball joins Corey Benjamin (Fontana ’96) Casey Jacobsen (Glendora ’99) and Scott Williams (Hacienda Heights Wilson ’86) as winners of the state’s most prestigious honor from the vast region in the last 30 years.

In addition, CalHisSports named 6-foot-9 center Onyeka Okongwu the state freshman of the year. He averaged 7.9 points and 8.2 rebounds but upped that to 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7.4 blocks in the playoffs. His defensive presence was also evident in the number of shots he affected in the paint.

Here is the link to CalHi Sports players of year and link to overall player of year for those who want more information to see complete list of players honored.

Lonzo’s younger brother LiAngelo got recognition elsewhere. He was named second team “Junior Class” All-American by MaxPreps which picks All-American teams for each of four classes. He averaged a team-high 27.4 points with a best of 41 against High Point Christian (N.C.)

Here is link to that list of honorees.




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Chino Hills sophomore LiAngelo Ball commits to UCLA

Chino Hills High School sophomore basketball standout LiAngelo Ball made a verbal commitment to UCLA on Wednesday.

He follows in the footsteps of much-heralded junior brother Lonzo who did the same a year ago. But Lonzo’s decision to go there wasn’t a factor in LiAngelo’s decision.

Why is that? Well Lonzo has said publicly he hopes to be one-and-done at UCLA and then go on to the NBA. If that happens he’d be leaving before LiAngelo gets there.

“I really like that they play an up-tempo game and the school has a great legacy in basketball,” he said.

The school being close to home was also a factor.  The brothers have considerable family support and presence at games and it’s something they would miss.

LiAngelo has made two unofficial visits to UCLA and never really considered another school.

Last season LiAngelo averaged 20.1 points and 3.5 rebounds with a season high of 53 in one early season tournament game. He was a first-team All-Inland Valley selection, helping the Huskies to a spot in the Division I state championship game.

He wanted to get the decision out of the way and make it public to focus on the rest of his high school career.

The high school season may have ended but he hasn’t stopped training. In addition to travel ball (Big Ballers) he is doing considerable conditioning.

“A lot of running hills and lifting weights,” he said. “We’re still working hard.”

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