The 2015-16 season started off with a bang as Saints returned all 5 starters and 12 of 13 lettermen. Saints won the Rose City Tournament in Pasadena with a 50-42 victory over perennial power Cantwell-Sacred Heart. Saints followed up by winning the Santa Margarita Tournament for the 2nd time in 3 years with a tough 54-52 win over the host school Santa Margarita. The 8-0 start for Saints catapulted the team to a top 20 ranking in the country. Saints eventually suffered their first loss of the year to Foothill Christian and ended the preseason with a 9-2 record. League play was tough as Saints finished in 2nd place with a 10-2 record.
Injuries played a role on the season as Saints also eventually lost in the San Diego Open Division Semifinals. Little did the boys know that they had saved their best for last upon entering the Division I State Playoffs. Saints opened up at Corona Centennial who were the preseason ranked #2 team in the state of California and who listed two 6’10” players in their starting lineup. Scoring half of their points from beyond the 3-point line, Saints upset Centennial 60-59 to move to the 2nd round. #13 seed Roosevelt high school had to visit the Pit as they upset the 4th seeded Fairfax high school in their opening game. Roosevelt controlled most of the game but Saints again proved their toughness by finishing strong and rebounding a last second 3-point attempt to win 54-52. Next up for the #12 seed Saints was defending state champion and #1 seed Crespi high school. Crespi started strong and went in at half up 11 and although Saints cut the lead to 1 point early in the 4th quarter the run ended with the loss to the eventual state champion Celts. Saints says good-bye to 4 wonderful seniors and wishes them all the best. Eric Monroe (Yale) and Martin Tombe (UCSD) will continue their playing careers in college. Daniel Lara will attend SDSU and Grant Aikels will attend San Francisco State.
The 2016-17 season promises to be exciting as Saints returns a strong team that will play in the National Division of the Torrey Pines tournament as well as visit Mater Dei Santa Ana in the NIKE Extravaganza. Go Saints!