I.E.: Boys' basketball top 10

March, 4, 2012
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None of the Inland Empire's ranked teams survived to make the championship round last weekend. The final hopes, Etiwanda, Elsinore and Colony each lost in the semifinals but still earned berths into the Southern California Regional playoffs.

1. (1) Etiwanda, 29-2: If there were no such things as Long Beach Poly and Mater Dei, the Eagles might have won five straight Southern Section titles, but they were beat by Poly in the Division 1AA semifinals for the second straight year Tuesday.

2. (2) Eisenhower, 20-8: The Eagles stayed with Poly for three quarters in the Division 1AA quarterfinals, but couldn’t get over a 40-point, 15-rebound effort from Roschon Prince in the 77-67 loss.

3. (3) Elsinore, 27-4: The fifth-seeded Tigers couldn’t get past Mayfair in the semifinals and missed a shot at their first championship appearance since 1974.

4. (4) Colony, 22-9: The Titans found their way back to the semifinals of Division 2A after an upset against second-seeded Compton in the quarterfinals but they couldn’t get past Righetti and lost, 68-63.

5. (5) Murrieta Valley, 25-3: A loss to Righetti in another Division 2A quarterfinal ended the season a little sooner than expected for the Nighthawks, who came in seeded third in the division.

6. (6) J.W. North, 23-6: The same can be said for the Huskies, who entered the postseason seeded third in Division 2AA but bowed out Friday with a 77-75 loss to 11th-seeded Sunny Hills.

7. (7) Cajon, 22-7: The 12th-seeded Cowboys were in good position to sneak into the semifinals in Division 2AA but couldn’t get past unseeded Inglewood in Friday’s quarterfinals and lost, 60-55.

8. (8) Summit, 23-7: There won’t be any magical runs for the SkyHawks this season. Their season also ended at the hands of a two-point loss to Sunny Hills in Tuesday’s second round.

9. (9) Silverado, 22-3: Silverado got thrown in with the big boys in Division 1AA and managed a win before losing in the second round to Santa Monica.

10. (10) Upland, 20-10: The Highlanders started playing well when it mattered most, winning their first two games in Division 1AA before losing by six points Friday against fourth-seeded Loyola.

Just missed: Arroyo Valley (14-10); Ayala (19-9); Beaumont (21-3); Canyon Springs (15-9); Chino Hills (17-11); Citrus Hill (17-12); Citrus Valley (20-5); Corona (18-11); Corona Santiago (17-10); Don Lugo (20-7); Montclair (21-5); Palm Desert (19-7); Palm Springs (19-7); Perris (19-9); Rancho Cucamonga (16-12); Rancho Verde (21-7); Riverside Poly (20-9); Upland (20-10), Vista Murrieta (16-12).

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