CIF-SS Championship Basketball

La Verne Lutheran shocked the world by handing Bishop Montgomery their first loss of the season, meaning there’s a new No. 1 for the first time in nine weeks. With the win, the Trojans also carved a spot in the Division 4AA finals where they’ll take on Serra on Saturday at noon here on FOXSportsWest.com.

In all, PrepZone will stream 17 boys and girls championship games this week beginning with the girls 5A championship at 3 p.m. Wednesday and ending with the boys 1A final Saturday at 6 p.m. The Division 1AA final will be live on Prime Ticket Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

No. 1 Long Beach Poly (27-2) — Roschon Prince’s 25 points and the Jackrabbits hot start made it possible for them to get past Loyola on the road in the quarterfinals. Poly led by 15 points after the first quarter and held on for a six-point win. No. 5 Etiwanda stands in the way of the Jackrabbits and a berth in the Division 1AA finals. Tuesday will mark the fourth straight year these teams have met in the semifinals. The Jackrabbits can only hope they fare better than their girls did, who lost to Etiwanda in the quarterfinals last Saturday.

No. 2 Mater Dei (29-1) — The Monarchs have breezed to the semifinals, defeating opponents by an average of 26 points per game. Is it Monarch domination? Or the benefit of being the No. 1 seed and placed in the lighter upper bracket in Division 1AA? We shall soon see. Up next is Inglewood in the semifinals Tuesday.

No. 3 St. John Bosco (23-6) — Head coach Derrick Taylor told his McDonald’s All-American, Isaac Hamilton, he would have to score 40 points in the semifinal against Ocean View. Hamilton dropped 43. The team certainly needed all Hamilton could offer on that night as the Braves narrowly escaped with an 89-87 win.  The Braves will meet No. 9 Chaminade in the Division 3A finals — a team that comes from a highly-touted league with plenty of great private schools.

No. 4 Pacific Hills (23-4) — The repeat bid is alive for Bruins following a 52-51 win over Cantwell-Sacred Heart in the semifinals. In the finals, they’ll face a familiar foe – Alpha League rival, No. 6 Brentwood. The Division 4A championship game will be the rubber match between the two teams after splitting league meetings earlier this season.

No. 5 Etiwanda (25-2) — The Eagles scored just 43 points in the quarterfinal meeting with Silverado. If you hold a team to 22 percent shooting and force 17 turnovers, you can afford to do that. In fact, 43 proved to be more than enough in a 43-28 win. The 28 points is 38 less than the Hawks entered the game averaging this season. Up next is the much anticipated game with No. 1 Long Beach Poly, a team that takes just as much pride in their defense as the Eagles do.

No. 6 Brentwood (27-3) — The Eagles survived a trip up the coast to visit St. Joseph in Santa Maria. They squandered an eight-point fourth quarter lead and found themselves having to fight back to come away with a 54-46 win to set up an All-Alpha League final in Division 4A with No. 4 Pacific Hills. In the first meeting, the Bruins came away with a four-point lead. In the second meeting, at Brentwood, the host Eagles saw a 20-point lead decreased to four before holding on for a 10-point win.

No. 7 Serra (24-6) — The repeat bid is alive and well for the Cavaliers also following a 74-62 win over Crespi in the Division 4AA semifinals. The Cavs sealed their third trip to the CIF finals in four years at the free-throw line. It was Ellis Salahuddin in particular who connected on 12 of his 16 free-throw attempts in the game’s final four minutes against the Celts. They’ll try to go back-to-back against the same team they defeated in last year’s 4AA final, No. 8 La Verne Lutheran, Saturday at noon on FOXSportsWest.com.

No. 8 La Verne Lutheran (25-6) — The Trojans showed there is life after Eric Cooper Sr. Brandon Lee took over for the departed Cooper Sr., who became the head coach at St. Anthony following last season. Under Lee, LaVerne Lutheran is back in the Division 4AA finals for the second straight year. In the process, they knocked off previously unbeaten Bishop Montgomery in the semifinals. They’ll now face another Del Rey League opponent, No. 7 Serra, in a rematch of last season’s 4AA final, won by the Cavaliers. Tipoff is Saturday at noon on FOXSportsWest.com.

No. 9 Chaminade (24-6) — When Oak Park received the No. 2 seed in Division 3A, Chaminade felt slighted. The Eagles released their frustration in a 76-59 road win in the semifinals at Oak Park to reach the program’s first final since 2009. The Eagles have won nine in a row heading into their 10 a.m. meeting with No. 3 St. John Bosco Saturday on FOXSportsWest.com.

No. 10 J.W. North (26-3) — The Atlanta Falcons have been trying to woo tight end Tony Gonzalez out of retirement. Apparently, Gonzalez has been occupied watching J.W. North hoops. The 13-time All-Pro was reportedly in attendance for the Huskies quarterfinal win over Lawndale. The Huskies will host Mira Costa in the semifinals on Tuesday. Whether Gonzalez will be in attendance is unknown.

Dropped Out: Bishop Montgomery, Compton, Loyola, Mission Viejo