The Matchup: No. 1 Chino Hills (Chino Hills, Calif.) vs. Etiwanda (Etiwanda, Calif.) at 10:30 p.m. ET
Chino Hills player(s) to watch: Just look for anyone with the name “Ball” on the back of their jersey. Of course, that starts with national Player of the Year frontrunner Lonzo Ball, one of the most well-rounded point guards in the country, and perhaps in recent memory. A strong rebounder, the UCLA signee is a solid three-point shooter like his brothers and fellow UCLA commits LaMelo and LiAngelo, but he’s also one of the best passers in the country and has the physical skills to take over a game by himself. LaMelo, though just a freshman, is likely the most consistent shooter on the team while also having a penchant for the perfect incisive pass from the perimeter in, while LiAngelo can fill it up from the inside or outside. He’s also Lonzo’s favorite fast break target full-court passes for layups. The Ball brothers rule the outside while teammates Elizjah Scott and Onyeka Okongwu — a freshman center who already holds scholarship offers from UCLA and USC — take care of business in the paint, but lets be clear: It really is all about the Ball brothers.
Etiwanda player(s) to watch: The Eagles’ offense is piloted by junior point guard Miles Oliver, who emerged as the team leader in the state playoffs while still a sophomore in spring 2015. Junior guard Garrett Carter is a skilled gunner along the perimeter when he can slip free, and sophomore Kessler Edwards is another versatile scorer to fuel Etiwanda’s attack.
What to expect: The first time these two teams faced off, Etiwanda kept close to the Huskies through three quarters, after which Chino Hills blew the game open. If this time is going to be any different, Oliver will have to stay on the court for all 40 minutes and the likes of Edwards will have to have huge games. If Etiwanda is to hand the Huskies their first loss — and the Eagles came closer than anyone has thus far in the first go-round — it will also take a monumental act of defensive stinginess, particularly on Lonzo ball in a trap and LaMelo Ball on the perimeter.