I.E: Final boys basketball top 10

March, 26, 2012
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1. Etiwanda, 30-3: The Eagles finished with their third 30-win season in the last seven and should be in good shape for the next couple years with the return of sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin, who averaged a team-high 17.8 points. Etiwanda was taken out by Long Beach Poly in the Division 1AA semifinals for the second straight season, then fell to Loyola in a Southern California Regional second rounder.

2. Eisenhower, 20-8: The Eagles established their run-and-gun identity as the season moved along, and had one of the top players in the I.E. to facilitate that style in shooting guard Marvelle Harris, whose play helped him earn a scholarship from Fresno State in the process. Eisenhower’s season ended with a close loss to Long Beach Poly in the quarterfinals.

3. Elsinore, 28-5: The Tigers came up short of their first section final appearance since 1974, losing by nine points to Mayfair in the Division 2A semifinals. They came back to beat Thousand Oaks in the program’s first SoCal Regional appearance before losing to Inglewood in the second round of Division 2. E.J. Twyman played up to expectations entering his senior year, averaging 26.9 points.

4. Colony, 22-10: Two straight losses to end the season didn’t dampen an otherwise strong run by the Titans. Their season was highlighted by a 73-71 victory against second-seeded Compton in a Division 2A quarterfinal. Colony then lost a back-and-forth game against Righetti to prevent the program from advancing to the championship game for the second time in four seasons.

5. Murrieta Valley, 25-3: Righetti took out the third-seeded Nighthawks the round before they beat Colony, ending an otherwise strong season. They won three tournaments prior to Southwestern League play, then defended that title. Darius Butler scored in double figures in every game en route to averaging a team-high 19.6 points, while Reid Shackelford proved to be one of the I.E.’s most improved players, averaging 16.8.

6. J.W. North, 23-6: Another team that didn’t quite live up to preseason expectations, the Huskies were ranked No. 1 in the ESPNLA preseason poll and managed to win the Big VIII League title. They were seeded third in the Division 2AA playoffs but were unexpectedly dumped by 11th-seeded Sunny Hills in the quarterfinals. Aaron Peck averaged 15.2 points to lead North.

7. Cajon, 22-7: The Cowboys bounced back from a 1-4 start to finish 14-0 in San Andreas League play. They entered the postseason seeded 12th in Division 2AA and proceeded to post their biggest win of the season, knocking off fifth-seeded Cypress in the second round. Thanks to a couple upsets in its half of the bracket, Cajon was in good position to sneak into the semifinals, but couldn’t get past unseeded Inglewood in the quarterfinals.

8. Summit, 22-7: Another victim of Sunny Hills in the Division 2AA playoffs, the SkyHawks came into the postseason seeded sixth but were unable to match the explosive postseason of a year ago, when they lost in the section semifinals but rallied to reach the Division 2 state final.

9. Silverado, 22-3: The only regular-season losses by Silverado were against Etiwanda and J.W. North. The Hawks were seeded 11th in Division 1AA, the toughest bracket in the Southern Section, and got a first-round victory before losing to sixth-seeded Santa Monica, 68-55.

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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