Posted On: 04/24/19 3:24 PM

LAS VEGAS – The April 18-20 Pangos Elite Easter Classic, held at Bishop Gorman High, had a nice group of Southern California-based players from the Class of 2020 on hand.

   A big portion of those came via Belmont Shore and Veritas International (a prep school program under the guidance of former Cantwell-Sacred Heart and WCE 17s coach George Zedan).

   Those squads met in a semifinal of the 17s division, with Veritas prevailing in a tight affair, 81-72.

  It proved to be the final game in the division as the management of the Vegas Elite EYBL, the first semifinal winner Saturday (86-54 Over MBIII), elected to bypass playing in the finale.

   Vegas Elite – which opens EYBL play in Georgia this weekend – has a talent-laden roster that includes Josh Christopher of Lakewood Mayfair, one of the elite guards in the country.

   Both Veritas and Belmont had terrific guard play.

   Veritas was led by 6-foot-3 “combo” Luis Riascos (San Gabriel Academy; he’s from Ecuador) and 6-1 point Malvin Payero (from the Dominican Republic, by way of Valley Christian in Cerritos).

   Riascos and Payero haven’t cracked the recruiting landscape in a big way as of

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