Another tough nonleague foe on the schedule for CSHM

Cantwell-Sacred Heart’s brutal preleague schedule will continue Saturday when it faces the third-ranked team in Arizona at the one-day Cavalier Classic at Cerritos College.
Sunnyslope, from Phoenix, is 14-1 this season, with its only loss coming to a USA Today Top 25 team. The Vikings have won five games in a row since they were edged 72-70 by St. Edward, Ohio’s No. 1 team, including a victory over California No. 32 Serra at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic.
“We’re excited,” said Cantwell coach George Zedan, “because they’re a team that represents a different challenge. We know they’re good, we know they have Division 1 players, but we haven’t seen them, and they haven’t seen us.”
Sunnyslope is paced by junior point guard Sammy Barnes-Thompkins, who leads the team in scoring (22.8), assists ( 3.4) and steals (2.1).
“(Barnes-Thompkins) is the engine that makes them go,” Zedan said. “He’s phenomenal. He’s definitely gonna be a match-up problem for us.”
The Vikings’ other star is 6-foot-9 senior forward Michael Humphrey, who has committed to Stanford. Humphrey averages a double-double with 15.2 points and 11.8 rebounds.
Cantwell is ranked No. 10 in California by Maxpreps.com and sports an 11-2 record. Senior guards Joey Covarrubias and E.J. Mejia are the Cardinals’ catalysts, providing confident, experienced leadership.
“As long as they can shoot it and pass it and handle it, we have a chance,” Zedan said of this three-year varsity starters.
Cantwell played its last game without 6-10 junior Balsa Dragovic, who was suffering from blisters on his feet. But he’ll be in the lineup Saturday with 6-10 Gligorije Rakopcivic.
“We feel we’re pretty competitive,” Zedan said. “They’re gonna have trouble with our bigs, so it should be a good match up.”
Cantwell opens Camino Real League play Jan. 15 at St. Paul.

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