CALABASAS — Despite falling to host Viewpoint, 67-58, on Saturday, Crossroads’ boys’ basketball team earned fourth place in the Viewpoint Tournament.
Head Coach Kevin Jackson said the game was Crossroads’ worst performance of the season, but gave the credit to a strong Viewpoint team that gave his team more than they could handle all night.
Crossroads’ Luke Shmuger and Justin Blair were named to the all-tournament team. This is the second tournament the 6-2 Roadrunners have played in this season. Crossroads won the St. Monica Tip Off Invitational earlier this year.
Next for Crossroads, which is ranked No. 3 in the latest California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division 5AA poll, is a home matchup with Sierra Canyon, ranked No. 1 in Division 5A.
Jackson sees the game as a litmus test of sorts for his team as he tries to determine what his Roadrunners are capable of. Jackson is particularly interested to see Sierra Canyon freshman phenom Bryan Alberts in person and how his team reacts to his presence.
ESPN has already tabbed the freshman, who is averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds a game, a potential elite shooting guard prospect.
“They’re a legitimate powerhouse,” Jackson said of Sierra Canyon. “But, we think we could shock the world.”
Considering that Sierra Canyon is taller and more athletic, Jackson said that he’s hoping for the best shooting night of the season from his Roadrunners.
“At home, we should be very competitive,” he said. “We’re looking to win.”
The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Crossroads.