Of course, it might serve senior forward James Harden well to get used to the floor as he is headed for Arizona State next season and the Sun Devils visit Pauley Pavilion once a year to play UCLA. “Playing at Pauley Pavilion is going to be a great experience for me,” Harden said. “Fortunately for us, we’ve played in some pretty big stadiums before so we all got kind of used to it.” Baseball Last season in an effort to help cure cancer, Lakewood players and their coaching staff, including Spud O’Neil, shaved their heads in a fund-raising effort. The Lancers went on to win the CIF Southern Section Division I title, so this past Sunday, they all did it again. Was it superstition in the hopes that lightning would strike twice, or were they simply tying to raise more money for a great cause? “Well, I’m sure there’s some superstition in there, but my wife had breast cancer and it’s a cause that hits close to home for me,” O’Neil said. “Plus, this event makes us grow as a team and as individuals. “However with my head shaved, I’m now the ugliest coach in Long Beach, but I don’t mind doing it. My head feels good. It was hot on Sunday.” Lakewood plays La Mirada in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Thursday at Blair Field. This season, Artesia won its first two games, including a 4-3 win over Lakewood. But since then, the Pioneers have lost three in a row. However, Artesia coach Michael Gaoghagan said none of those games really matter. It’s all just a tune-up for the Suburban League, which starts March 21 against Glenn. “We’re just trying to play some good-quality teams so we can get ready for league,” Gaoghagan said. “We’re 2-3 right now and sure our record could be better, but we’re trying to formulize everything for Glenn. “We’re still looking to fill some spots, our starting lineup isn’t completely set yet and right now we’re playing everybody. This is really like spring training for us.” The Pioneers play a doubleheader at Downey at 3 p.m. today. St. John Bosco coach Moon Cordero thinks he’s planned the perfect tune-up for his team before it starts the Trinity League on Saturday. St. John Bosco (2-3) hosts Wilson (4-1) in a double- header today at 12:30 p.m. “They’re exceptionally good this year,” Cordero said. “It’ll be a good test on the heels of us starting league. Wilson can run, pitch, hit and field. It’s a perfect way to start the week.” After its games against St. John Bosco, Wilson won’t get much rest. On Wednesday, the Bruins will play Servite at 7 p.m. at UCLA in a nonleague game. The game will be of particular interest to Bruins shortstop Ryan Dent and Friars pitcher Dan Klein. Both have committed to UCLA next season. “With Ryan and Dan committing to them already, UCLA saw this as an opportunity to get their prospects on campus and that’s what they’re going to do,” Wilson coach Andy Hall said. Valley Christian’s Patrick Murphy is also in his first year as coach. So far, everything has been perfect, including the Crusaders’ record. Heading into today’s 4 p.m. doubleheader at home against Laguna Beach, the Crusaders are 5-0. A big reason why has been the play of senior outfielder Josh Kubinski. He’s batting .639 with two home runs, six RBI and four stolen bases. He’s also 2-0 as a pitcher and hasn’t allowed a run in 10 innings. “He’s a force in the lineup but he’s been flying under the radar this season,” Murphy said. “With the connections I have made over the years, I’m trying to get somebody to come out and watch him because he can hit. He’s a Division I hitter.” – Ben Villa 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Don’t expect Artesia High’s boys basketball team to be intimidated by its surroundings when the Pioneers take on No. 2-seed La Canada on Saturday in the Southern California Division III Regional final at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. Artesia has already played once this season at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, so playing in a large arena will be nothing new for them.