Santa Clarita Valley boys basketball teams have given us no shortage of statistical anomalies and big-time wins a little over a month into their respective preleague seasons.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest performances and victories thus far into the season – in no particular order – with Foothill League play starting on Jan. 12.
SCCS opens Heritage League play on Jan. 5 while Trinity Classical Academy has dropped its first two Heritage League contests.
West Ranch wins Duel in the Desert over Valencia
West Ranch has already endured a ton of adversity this season with the surprising resignation of coach Shant Bicakci.
West Ranch’s 55-54 win over the Vikings on Dec. 2 would be Bicakci’s last game as the team’s coach and got the Wildcats out to 4-0 start. It also presented the first Foothill League matchup of the year, though the game didn’t affect the league standings. Valencia shared last year’s Foothill League title with Hart.
Andrew Austin led West Ranch with 19 points in the tournament-clinching win, with Austin Galuppo chipping in 12 points. The teams meet again on Jan. 16 at West Ranch.
Starr records triple-double at Battle Zone
One of the many new faces on this year’s SCCS team which entered via transfer, Jordan Starr recorded the valley’s first triple-double of the season in the Cardinals’ win over Orange Lutheran on Dec. 1.
The son of The Master’s University men’s basketball coach Kelvin Starr, Jordan scored 31 points, adding 10 rebounds and 10 assists, in the win at the Battle Zone tournament.
Starr has been the facilitator for SCCS’ prolific offense, which helped the Cardinals garner a fifth-place ranking in the opening CIF-Southern Section Division 5AAA poll. He had 10 points and 10 assists in the team’s win over Oaks Christian last Friday.
Trinity’s Fields has special night beyond the arc
Trinity boys basketball coach Tod Bernard has seen sophomore Kyle Fields have some superb shooting nights. But his performance in the Knights’ 93-29 win over Frazier Mountain on Dec. 12 was something even Bernard had yet to ever see from him.
Fields hit his first six 3-pointers of the night — all coming in the first half — and finished with 20 points.
Some other great SCV performances from 3-point range this season include Valencia’s Zach Hawkins hitting five in a quarter in the Vikings’ loss to Crescenta Valley on Monday and SCCS freshman Noah Veluzat draining six in the team’s victory over Oaks Christian.
McIntyre goes for 40-plus in Saugus season opener
Saugus’ win over Heritage Christian to open the season was impressive on its own. But more impressive were the 46 points recorded by sophomore Adrian McIntyre.
With his brother, Anthony, graduated from last year’s team, Adrian and senior Luke Bodeau haven taken over as the primary scorers for the Centurions.
Adrian logged 28 points in the team’s win over Kennedy on Monday in the SFV Invitational, and was named to the tournament’s first team Wednesday after scoring 26 points in a win over Thousand Oaks.
Harrill helping hold up Hart without Dominguez
Hart is out to a 5-3 start on the season despite the fact that last year’s co-Foothill League Player of the Year, Whitten Dominguez, has yet to suit up due to a shoulder injury.
In the team’s win over Oxnard on Tuesday, senior guard Tre Harrill recorded 31 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Harrill has given the Indians offense some life without Dominguez as they look to defend their share of the Foothill League title. Dominguez — a Biola signee — is likely to return when the team begins play in the Hart Holiday Classic on Dec. 26.