Etiwanda sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin continues to play like the school’s next gem, scoring 14 points in a 60-51 victory Tuesday against Morningside in an opening-round game at the Holiday Hardwood Classic at Oaks Christian High School.
McLaughlin has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 games this season, leading the Eagles in scoring in all but two. By the time he's finished at Etiwanda, he might surpass the achievements of Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison, who was ranked as the second-best point guard in the West during his senior year at Etiwanda in 2004-05.
The Eagles (11-1) will play Eisenhower, another traditionally strong Inland Empire team, in today’s quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Etiwanda beat Ike, 77-56, in a nonleague game Dec. 21.
Upland (9-2) also reached the winner’s bracket quarterfinals with a 52-49 victory against Inglewood and will play Cleveland tonight at 7.
Down south at the Holiday Classic, Chino Hills beat Villa Park, 68-65, in Tuesday’s opener in the American Division, earning a date with tournament co-host La Costa Canyon in the featured quarterfinal tonight at 8:35 p.m.
Roosevelt was the other local winner in that division, toppling Douglas, (Nev.), 58-55. The Mustangs are scheduled to meet Santa Maria Righetti at 5:25 p.m. in the La Costa Canyon gym.
Over in the Mayor’s Division, Murrieta Valley and Chaparral each won their openers on Tuesday. Chaparral plays Santa Margarita at 2:15 p.m. today at Rancho Bernardo High. Murrieta Valley plays Bingham (Utah) at 5:25.
Other updates from around the region:
*J.W. North beat Bishop Amat, 54-36, in the opener of the Covina Christmas Classic. The Huskies are scheduled to play tournament host Covina tonight at 8:30 p.m.
*Riverside King had no problem winning its opener in the Classic Division at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in the Palm Springs area. The Wolves took a 59-13 halftime lead against Canoga Park on their way to a 91-31 victory. King plays its next pool-play game today at 5:30 p.m. against Las Vegas (Nev.) Silverado at Palm Valley High School.
*Montclair improved to 11-0 with a 71-55 victory Tuesday against Paso Robles in the opening round of the Atascadero tournament. The Cavaliers will meet Templeton out of the Central Section today at 5:45 p.m.
*Cajon and Summit were also among the winners during Tuesday's opening round at the San Bernardino Kiwanis tournament.