Brethren Christian turned up for the start of the upcoming Academy League boys' basketball season by winning a championship during holiday tournament play.
The Warriors were in Palm Springs last week for the MaxPreps Holiday Classic. They won all four games they played and sewed up the title in their division by defeating Canyon Crest of San Diego, 77-70, in the title game Saturday.
In the final, UC Irvine-bound center Mamadou Ndiaye poured in 40 points. The senior also pulled down 17 rebounds and blocked six shots.
Ndiaye was named MVP of the tournament and teammates Brandon Bryson and junior guard Caleb Keller made the all-tourney team. Bryson, a sophomore guard, had 52 assists in the four games including a school record 17 assists in BC's 82-75 first-round win over Salesian of Los Angeles.
In addition to wins over Canyon Crest and Salesian, the Warriors defeated Desert Christian Academy (63-45) and Viewpoint of Calabasas (71-66).