Two days after Christmas, the Corona del Mar High boys' basketball team is off to San Diego. More is in store for CdM than some sightseeing down south.
The Sea Kings are competing at The Holiday Classic, the prestigious tournament that is in its 21st year at Torrey Pines High. The four-day event features some of the top programs in the ESPN RISE national rankings: No. 11 Long Beach Poly; No. 21 Taft of Woodland Hills; No. 46 Lincoln of San Diego; and No. 48 Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland.
CdM might get a shot at one of these elite teams if it can win the play-in game on Dec. 27. Getting to the national division bracket will not be easy as the Sea Kings (6-2) face Compton (6-3), the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA runner-up last season.
The game against Compton is set at 11:05 a.m., but Coach Ryan Schachter is not looking too far ahead.