Mt. Carmel High boys basketball coach Greg Lanthier believes in making opposing teams uncomfortable.
No, he doesn’t put itching powder down their shorts or light their shoes on fire.
Instead, he makes it rain … 3-point shots.
His Sundevils, who are 19-9 overall and unbeaten Valley League champions at 10-0, have made 343 of 1,049 3-point attempts — both San Diego Section records — heading into the playoffs.
The old marks were 289 of 797 in 1992 by Vista. The Panthers coach back then?
According to MaxPreps, Mt. Carmel is averaging 12.25 3-pointers per game — No. 1 in the nation ahead of Yorkville, Ill. (11.4) and Grapevine Faith Christian of Texas (11.3).
Seven teams nationally have made 300 3-pointers, led by Grapevine’s 372 of 1,123 attempts in 33 games.
In San Diego, San Ysidro has made 237 3-pointers this season, followed by Maranatha Christian (224), San Marcos (218), Cathedral Catholic (216) and Carlsbad (211).
The Mt. Carmel girls have made 316 3-pointers this season but trail Mission Hills, which has 350, led by Jessica Grant’s 143.
Mt. Carmel made a San Diego Section-record 23 3-pointers in a 94-46 win over San Pasqual and shot an amazing 89 3-pointers.
Of teams that report stats, there are 11 boys averaging 20 or more points at the start of the playoffs.
The leader is guard Alexis Marmelejos of Army-Navy at 27.7 points per game.
He’s followed by St. Augustine’s Jurian Dixon (22.9), Carlsbad’s Jake Hall (22.4), Tri-City Christian’s Adrian Montanez (21.8), San Ysidro’s Martin Flores (21.3), Eastlake’s Xavier Rubio (21.3), Granite Hills’ Tre Edmond (21.1). Madison three-sport junior standout Jake Jackson (20.8), Yale-bound San Marcos guard Devon Arlington (20.8), San Ysidro’s Sebastian Medina (20.4) and Moses Kiaska (20.2) of Escondido Adventist Academy.
On the girls side, Angela Robles of Bishop’s is averaging 30.0 points to lead the San Diego Section.
She’s followed by Lincoln’s Ezabella Iala Everett (21.9), San Ysidro’s Liliana Maldonado (21.0), Maranatha’s Emmy Stout (21.0), Bonita Vista’s Mahliya Wilson (21.0), San Ysidro’s Beatriz Zazueta (20.7), Cathedral Catholic McDonald’s All-America Ice Brady (20.6), Olympian’s Asia Daracuiel (20.5) and Helix’s Aaliyah Stanton (20.4).
Steele is strong
For the first time in school history, the Steele Canyon boys and girls teams won the league title in the same season.
The boys, behind junior Alex Jenkins, who averages 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, Arthur Simpson (11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists) and Cameron Hunt (10.6 points, 6.8 rebounds) are 15-10 overall and won the Grossmont Valley League. The Cougars host Point Loma at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a Division III game.
The Cougars had just three wins two seasons ago.
The Steele Canyon girls are 14-13 overall and won the Grossmont Valley League title behind senior Khmira Carter, who averages 13.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. The Cougars are seeded No. 3 in Division V and host Escondido tonight at 7.
Nine boys teams finished the regular season with 20 wins: San Marcos (22-5), Torrey Pines (22-5), Montgomery (22-6), Mission Hills (21-6), San Ysidro (21-7), Pacific Ridge (21-7), St. Augustine (20-7), Monte Vista (20-5) and Morse (20-6).
San Marcos hosts San Ysidro on Saturday in an Open Division quarterfinal.
Eight teams have 19 wins heading into the playoffs.
On the girls side, there are 10 20-win teams: Mission Hills (22-6), Classical Academy (22-6), La Jolla Country Day (21-2), Cathedral Catholic (22-4), Imperial (21-5), Mt. Carmel (21-7), El Camino (20-3), Oceanside (20-5), Lincoln (20-6) and Fallbrook (20-6).
Oceanside girls make splash
The Oceanside girls won the Avocado League basketball title, going 8-0.
The Avocado League was formed in 1954 and, aside from six years in the Valley League, the Pirates have been in the Avocado.
This is their first girls league championship in the Avocado League. In the 116 years since OHS was founded in 1906, this is only the third championship won by the girls basketball team: 1909 and 2012.
The Pirates are led by Baylee Ueligitone (13.9 points), Naveah Mageo (13.1) and Alivia Gillespie (12.7).
Oceanside is the No. 1 seed in Division III and hosts Hoover tonight.