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Inland Empire: Scores and more from boys basketball playoffs

Looking back on Wednesday's first-round games in the Southern Section boys’ basketball playoffs, the brackets were full of winners and losers and a few Inland Empire teams that created sub-categories. Here's a quick list.

Poorest showing by a league – The Southwestern League lost three of five games Wednesday night but the biggest news came from one of the victories. Murrieta Valley, seeded fifth in Division 1AA, survived on a banked-in three-pointer at the overtime buzzer to defeat visiting Corona, 50-48. The Nighthawks’ best player, Justin Gudger, injured his ankle late in the first quarter and did not return. Great Oak, Chaparral and Vista Murrieta lost their playoff openers. Temecula Valley advanced in Division 2AA.

Poorest showing by a team(s) – This is stretching the boundaries a bit but since Glendora is the only non-I.E. team in the Baseline League, the collapse of the Tartans deserves mention here. Glendora, seeded fourth in Division 2A, lost in overtime, 72-65, against Eastside High of Lancaster, which tied for third in the mighty Golden League. Closer to home, sixth-seeded San Bernardino was also knocked out sooner than expected in Division 2A, coming up short against visiting Manhattan Beach Mira Costa, 62-54. The Cardinals had just finished celebrating their first league title in 18 years, while Mira Costa was coming off five consecutive losses.

Thanks for nothing award – Moreno Valley Canyon Springs scored a huge upset against Moreno Valley Rancho Verde to earn a share of the Inland Valley League title. The Southern Section didn’t do the Cougars any favors, matching them against fourth-seeded Compton in Division 2AA. Despite hosting the game, Canyon Springs was no match for the Dons and lost, 64-50, and the IVL went 1-3. In Division 3A, Palm Desert was seeded seventh but drew visiting Lakewood Artesia, the once-proud basketball factory that traditionally plays it best basketball this time of year. You guessed it, Artesia won, 47-45.

Here’s the full roundup of games from the top six divisions that involve I.E. teams:

Division 1AA

(1) Long Beach Poly 87, Corona Santiago 63

(2) Mater Dei 78, Rancho Cucamonga 27

(3) Coronas Centennial 97, Great Oak 66

(4) Etiwanda 70, Long Beach Wilson 40

(5) Murrieta Valley 50, Corona 48 (OT)

(7) Eisenhower 79, Chaparral 34

(8) Montebello 72, Redlands 48

(10) Roosevelt 60, Perris 31

(11) Upland 77, Santa Monica 55

(13) Chino Hills 71, Leuzinger 62

(15) Rancho Verde 79, Bell Gardens 42

Knight 56, (16) Los Osos 46

Division 1A

(5) Redlands East Valley 64, Dana Hills 54

(9) Montclair 55, Rialto 50

Palmdale 59 (11) Vista Murrieta 58

(12) Cajon 64, Diamond Bar 37

Arroyo Valley 52, (15) Warren 44

Division 2AA

(3) Anaheim Canyon 81, Valley View 39

(4) Compton 64, Canyon Springs 50

(6) Summit 83, La Quinta 40

(8) Victor Valley 64, Sultana 37

(10) Colony 90, Paloma Valley 44

(13) Temecula Valley 73, Savanna 44

Ocean View 53, (15) Patriot 42

Division 2A

(2) Elsinore 72, Westminster 54

Mira Costa 62, (6) San Bernardino 54

(7) Gahr 84, Indio 52

(10) Ayala 66, Don Lugo 60

Vista del Lago 59, (13) Garden Grove 47

(15) Riverside North 70, Whittier 66 (OT)

(16) Rowland 64, Ontario 57

Division 3AA

(2) Palm Springs 60, El Dorado 29

(9) La Habra 90, Hesperia 60

(11) Culver Cit 74, Arlington 49

(14) Pacific Hills 57, Twentynine Palms 43

Division 3A

(6) Pacifica 61, Jurupa Valley 53

Artesia 47, (7) Palm Desert 45

(11) Citrus Hill 80, Lakeside 64

(13) Woodbridge 68, Beaumont 54

(16) Brea Olinda 50, San Jacinto 47