La Verne Lutheran off and running with a first-round victory in the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Lutheran wins: After returning five starters that won the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA and state Division 5 championship, the La Verne Lutheran boys basketball team searched for the best tournaments it could find, leaving after Christmas for the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Trojans (2-0) opened the tournament on Tuesday in survive-and-advance fashion, edging Illinois’ St. Rita 73-71 behind a huge effort from Loyola Marymount-bound senior Bruce English. (To continue click thread)

The defending California Division 5 state champion La Verne Lutheran boys basketball team is in South Carolina for its opening game in the Beach Ball Classic against St. Rita of Illinois this afternoon at 2:15 p.m. in the first round.

For those who want to watch the game, it is available on a live stream from the tournament by clicking here.

For a look at the tournament bracket, click here.


The guard was nearly perfect, hitting nine of 10 shots for 24 points to go with a team-high 13 rebounds.
Junior forward/center Grant Jerrett, who has committed to Arizona, was steady too. Jerrett dominated the paint, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks while UTEP signee C.J. Cooper chipped in with a much-needed 17 points.
St. Rita (4-4) got a team-high 21 points from Tim Gorski, but the Trojans shot 52 percent from the field and connected on 11 of 18 field goal attempts in the second half.
The Trojans advance to today’s quarterfinals against Texas’
Prestonwood Christian Academy (10-9) Wednesday at 4 p.m., which boasts one of the
nation’s top players.
Prestonwood Christian features 6-foot-8 sophomore Julius Randle, who ESPNU has named the No. 1 player prospect for the class of 2013.
Randle, who had 24 points and 10 rebounds in Prestonwood’s 71-50 first-round victory over Canada’s Father Henry, has all the heavyweights recruiting him, including Texas, Duke and Kentucky..
For those wishing to follow the Trojans, there will be a live stream of today’s game at www.beachballclassic.com.

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  • Lut Fan

    The best of luck to all the Lut boys at Myrtle Beach

  • Myrtle Beach here we come!

    Finally! I can’t wait for the boys to get into action. Good luck Trojans! Represent!

  • Sparty

    That 2nd round game looks great as Grant Jerrett faces the best front line he will see all season in 6’9 junior Zack Peters going to Kansas and top ranked sophomore 6’8 Julius Randle.

  • Lut Fan

    SAID:The wait is over lets represent the Valley and kick some butt go Trojans!

  • 12th man

    Down to the last shot..The trojans pull it off with a lucky bounce on a three point shot..

  • Joe Amat

    soft touch ;-)

  • 12th man

    La Verne just doesnt have the height to compete with some of these top ranked national teams..

  • Lut Fan

    to 12th man said: you are totally right especially when we lost our other big 6ft 8in. Xavier Jones due to his heart condition huge lost our best defender in the paint it showed against Prestonwood Christian with there two 6-9 bigs, if X gets clear we will be able to compete!