We have an initial answer in the proverbial, “Just how good is X team?” question when it is posed about Southern California’s Chino Hills. The Huskies, ranked No. 8 in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25, are very, very good.
In a season-opening game against San Bernadino at the annual Corona Centennial tournament, Chino Hills and the mighty Ball brothers scored 85 points in the first half en route to a one-sided 131-42 victory. The game was the first that featured all three Ball brothers on the court together, with freshman sharpshooter LaMelo Ball scoring 18 points to support oldest brother Lonzo Ball’s 25 points and fellow sibling LiAngelo Ball’s 17 points. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, there was even another Ball on the court doing damage as well, with cousin Andre Ball dropping 11 points in the win.
There’s your blueprint for success, folks. Get the ball to someone with the last name Ball on their jersey and then get out of the way.
“Our coach said to come out strong and make a statement, don’t worry about who we’re playing, just get better today,” Lonzo Ball told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I love to play, and it’s a team game, but there’s no reason other guys can’t get some run. As long as we win I’m happy.”
Apparently Lonzo Ball should get used to being happy. Something tells us that Chino Hills may have a lot of wins still to come.