HS Basketball: Local teams duke it out in BattleZone tournament

Rancho Christian High School’s Evan Mobley scores over Centennial High School’s Aaron McBride (21) during their recent match-up in the Adidas BattleZone tournament. Valley News/Andrez Imaging photo

In what has quickly become one of the most competitive tournaments in Southern California, Corona Centennial High School’s Adidas BattleZone has played host to many of the top high school basketball programs around since its inception in 2015.

The tournament, sponsored by Ultra H2, takes place at Centennial High School and Centennial boys’ basketball coach Josh Giles always assembles an elite field of teams for the program’s annual tournament. This year it all went down starting Monday, Nov. 25, and featured 12 teams overall, including host Centennial, Eisenhower, Foothills Christian, Great Oak, Hillcrest, Rancho Christian, San Bernardino, San Ysidro, Santa Clarita Christian, Sheldon (Sacramento), Temecula Valley and Westminster high schools.

Sheldon High School’s Marcus Bagley makes 28 points in the championship game and is named the BattleZone MVP. Valley News/Andrez Imaging photo

“We wanted to make BattleZone one of the best tournaments in Southern California and we did,” Giles said. “We’re very fortunate to have so many competitive schools return every year. It is very loyal of them.”

Rancho Christian (4-2), which was the defending champion, fell this year to host Centennial in the third-place game. It would be Sheldon High School from Sacramento, which beat Santa Clarita Christian 87-56 for the 2019 championship title. Marcus Bagley of Sheldon High School was chosen as the BattleZone MVP.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.