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Aztecs, Saints and Dons eat during SD Feast Week



San Diego’s own version of “Feast Week” saw some familiar names come out atop the region’s first major tournaments. 


Montgomery, St. Augustine and Cathedral Catholic each hoisted tournament trophies this weekend, while San Marcos went undefeated in a fourth showcase-style tournament and Olympian came out atop a field of Division 3 teams at a tournament in La Jolla. 


Here’s a quick recap of the Feast Week tournament results:


  • The Aztecs claimed the Bucs Thanksgiving Classic championship in emphatic fashion, grinding down La Jolla Country Day in a 54-32 win to cap the five-day, 16-team bracket. The Aztecs defeated Coronado, University City and defending Southern Section 2A champs Rancho Christian to make it to the title game. La Jolla Country Day had a strong week as well, upsetting tournament hosts Mission Bay in the second round before outlasting Coastal League rival Santa Fe Christian in the semifinals. 


  • St. Augustine won the Madison Regional Rumble for a third straight season, but, unlike in previous years, they had to work for this one. After blowing out Mission Viejo, Francis Parker and Bonita Vista to open the tournament, the Saints had to overcome a five-point halftime deficit to take Mission Hills to overtime, where they defeated the Grizzlies 73-68. 


  • Cathedral Catholic handily defeated Canyon Crest and Mira Mesa and survived a game Poway team to advance to the championship of the inaugural King of the North Classic, where they defeated the hosts Scripps Ranch 56-47. 


  • San Marcos went 4-0 in Steele Canyon’s second “Above the Rim” showcase, defeating Calexico, High Tech SD, Patrick Henry and the hosts by an average margin of 32 points. 


  • Olympian defeated Point Loma to take the D3 Thanksgiving Classic championship on Wednesday, surviving an improved Monte Vista 51-50 in the first round before taking care of business against La Jolla to set up the 58-48 championship game victory against the Pointers. 


  • Westview defeated Mira Mesa 76-63 last week in the championship of the Del Lago Tip-Off Classic.


Tournament MVPs:




Bucs Thanksgiving Classic: 6-5 2025 F JJ Sanchez, Montgomery

Regional Rumble: 6-3 2026 G Jaden Bailes, St. Augustine

King of the North Classic: 6-2 2026 G Ty Ingram, Cathedral Catholic

D3 Thanksgiving Classic: N/A

Del Lago Tip-Off Classic: 6-5 2026 W Lawrence Lam, Westview 


Other significant games:


  • After losing to State No. 1 Harvard Westlake, Carlsbad went on the road and defeated OC powers Pacifica Christian and Santa Margarita during the Feast Week Showcase hosted by Foothill High School of Santa Ana. 

  • Torrey Pines defeated Sacramento power Inderkum 64-53 at the Bishop O’Dowd Thanksgiving Showcase. The Falcons were led by 2024 G Matin Madadkar, who scored 22 points and fellow senior Dylan Kail, who added 13. 

  • Francis Parker defeated Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary 67-43 in the inaugural Mira Costa Beach Bonanza. They were led by freshman guard Tavid Lee Johnson, who is averaging 28 points per game to start his high school career.


Performance of the week:




Angel Ochoa, St. Joseph Academy - 52 points vs La Jolla 


Ochoa’s performance was one for the ages: with his team trailing 27-22 at halftime, he scored 38 of his team’s 41 second half points to lead them to a 63-61 against La Jolla in the 3rd place game of the D3 Thanksgiving Classic. 


The Vikings had no answer as Ochoa scored from every level and sealed the game at the foul line down the stretch. 


Coming off of a sophomore season during which he averaged 33.4 points per game, Ochoa is picking up where he left off. 


Surprise team of the week: Vista Panthers


I’ll be the first to admit that I really undersold the Panthers in my preseason rankings, placing them outside of my Top 25 at No. 27. One of the main reasons was the questions regarding the health of 2025 point guard Gavin Guinn, who has missed much of his first two high school seasons with injuries. 


Well, Guinn is healthy and playing the best basketball of his high school career, leading the Panthers to the consolation championship of the Bucs Thanksgiving Classic with wins over Sage Creek, Temecula Valley and preseason No. 9 El Camino in the consolation title game. 


Combine that with a very solid performance against La Jolla Country Day in an opening round loss and a 64-63 loss at No. 17 Del Norte, and the Panthers are looking like a legit threat in Division 2. They’ll move up in my next rankings update. 







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