Once again saints is looking forward to an exciting year as the 2022-23 team returns 7 of its top 8 players from the 2022 CIF Open Division Championship team. In winning the title Saints captured its 3rd Open Division banner, the most of any program in San Diego county. Last year Saints electrified the County to open the season with a hard fought 51-64 loss to nationally ranked Sierra Canyon, a game in which Saints held the lead for most of the contests. Saints lost that game, missing a 3-point shot with seven seconds left that would have tied the game. Coming out of Christmas break Saints had been challenged with a tough schedule in two national tournaments, the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, and the Torrey Pines tournament locally. The schedule sharpened the Saintsmen as they won the Western League for the 15th time in school history with an 8-0 record. Saints finished the year #1 in San Diego overall and #16 in the state after another thrilling loss to Sierra Canyon in the Open Division State Playoffs. Saints was down 20 points at half and cut the lead to 2 points with just under 4 minutes to play, eventually losing to the Trailblazers 80-74.
Saints is led by returning CIF Player of the Year, Senior Jurian Dixon. Jurian is joined this year by fellow seniors Jaden Matingou (All-League, All CIF), Derrius Carter-Hollinger (All-League), as well as sharpshooters Vincent Ricchiuti and MJ Jackman. Two of the five starters are returning juniors LoLo Rudolph (All-League, All CIF), and Ian de la Rosa (All-League, All CIF). The preseason schedule will be exciting as Saints will again play in the prestigious Tarkanian Class in Las Vegas and the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic in San Diego. Mixed into the always tough Western League schedule will be a return to the NIKE Extravaganza as well as a trip back east to play in the Hall of Fame Hoophall Classic in Springfield Massachusetts. To follow the team’s schedule and results please visit Maxpreps.com. Go saints!