The Eagles are 24-4 and Ranked as One of the Top Teams in the Nation
Rancho Christian’s record is 24-4, they are ranked as one of the top teams in the the State and Nation and they are focused to win the CIF Southern Section Open Championship. The Eagles are led by 6-foot-10 senior forward Isaiah Mobley and his “little” brother, 7-foot junior forward Evan.
Isaiah has averaged 22 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2 blocks per game this season. Isaiah also has a 4.2 grade-point average and received an award for his studies in American Sign Language. He is headed to USC after graduating to play for his dad, Eric Mobley, who is an assistant coach for the Trojans.
“The Eagles are battle tested and excited going into the post season this year” said Ivan. “We are fully confident in our abilities and look forward to the challenge”.
Evan is averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks and 3 assists for the Eagles. The junior has a 4.0 GPA. Evan received an award for his studies in Spanish this year. He is not sure where he will play basketball after High School.
“I just like to trust my teammates. In order for me to stay focused, I like to play defense and get a lot of blocks and rebounds” said Evan. That gets me into the flow of the game and I can take over.”
The Eagles beat the number one ranked team in California, Sierra Canyon on Saturday 61-58. Rancho Christian lost to the Trailblazers in the first round of the CIF Tournament last year. Sierra Canyon went on to win the title and the CIF State Open Division crown. They are focused on winning it all this year.
The Eagles will start this year’s tournament against Bishop Montgomery. The Knights are 22-4 and ranked 18th in the State. They are the Del Rey league Champions, a title that they have held 20 times. Bishop Montgomery as been to the CIF Regional Championship 9 times and won 6 of them.
Along with the Mobleys brothers, Rancho Christian have another serious scoring threat in guard Dominick Harris. Harris is a native of Temecula but played his first two seasons of high school ball in Orange County at Pacifica Christian.
The junior transferred to Rancho Christian this year and has committed to Gonzaga. Senior Joshua Mantock and sophomore Luke Turner can also score lots of points for the Eagles when called upon.
The game is on Saturday at 7 pm and has been moved from Rancho Christian to Chaparral High School.
Photos by Scott Padgett