Inland Empire: Boys basketball second-round highlights

February, 21, 2011
Catching up on the second round of the Southern Section boys’ basketball playoffs, who would have thought Riverside North and Moreno Valley Vista del Lago would be the Inland Empire's last remaining teams in Division 2A?

But the 15th-seeded Huskies upset second-seeded Elsinore in overtime Friday night, and Vista del Lago beat Lancaster Eastside in a matchup of unseeded teams.

Here’s a rundown of the Inland Empire highlights.

Biggest upset outside of Elsinore: Murrieta Valley lost to 12th-seeded Valencia, 77-70, in Division 1AA, but that wasn’t such a shocker once it was learned the fifth-seeded Nighthawks would be without leading scorer Justin Gudger, who broke his ankle in a first-round overtime victory against Corona.

In the lower half of the same bracket, 11th-seeded Upland knocked off sixth-seeded Pasadena, 56-51, an impressive result, but again not too surprising. The Highlanders entered the playoffs riding a four-game winning streak that included a win against fourth-seeded Etiwanda.

Most fantastic finish: After driving 300 miles to play Arroyo Grande in Division 3AA, second-seeded Palm Springs went back and forth against the 15th-seeded Eagles. The Indians led by two with 0.2 seconds remaining and Kelly Shepard at the free-throw line for Arroyo Grande. Shepard missed the first attempt, then tried to intentionally miss the second but it rattled in, ending his team’s chance for an upset.

Defensive play of the night: With the score tied and about 20 seconds remaining in the Division 1AA game between Rialto Eisenhower and host Lakewood, guard Devin Garner stole the ball and raced for a layup at the other end, giving the seventh-seeded Eagles the lead for good in the 65-61 victory.

Beacon off the bench: Victorville Silverado reserve forward Rohjon Brett scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 65-59 victory against Palmdale in a Division 1A game. Brett, a 6-foot-5 junior, had not scored more than 10 points in a game this season. His three-point basket with 4:10 remaining gave the sixth-seeded Hawks a six-point lead.

Another believer: The most under-appreciated team in the playoffs continues to be Fontana Summit. The SkyHawks are seeded sixth in Division 2AA but continue to perform like a title contender after clobbering host Huntington Beach, 68-50.

Honorable Mention: Terrell Todd scored 26 points and Paulin Mpawe had 17 points and 19 rebounds for fifth-seeded Redlands East Valley in a 77-71 victory against San Bernardino Cajon in Division 1A. ... Byron Wesley had 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead Etiwanda to a decisive 86-54 victory against visiting Chino Hills in Division 1AA. ... Zeke DeBlase scored 26 points but eighth-seeded Victorville Victor Valley came up short against No. 9 Villa Park in Division 2AA and lost, 62-59.

Here’s all the scores involving I.E. teams:

Division 1AA

(2) Mater Dei 58, (15) Rancho Verde 46

(3) Corona Centennial 59, (14) Los Alamitos 55

(4) Etiwanda 86, (13) Chino Hills 54

(12) Valencia 77, (5) Murrieta Valley 70

(11) Upland 56, (6) Pasadena 51

(7) Eisenhower 65, Lakewood 61

(8) Montebello 46, (10) Roosevelt 43

Division 1A

(2) Aliso Niguel 66, Arroyo Valley 53

(5) Redlands East Valley 77, (12) Cajon 71

(6) Silverado 65, Palmdale 59

(9) Montclair 69, (8) El Toro 68

Division 2AA

(4) Compton 58, (13) Temecula Valley 45

(6) Summit 68, (11) Huntington Beach 50

(10) Colony 65, (7) Placentia Valencia 63

(9) Villa Park 62, (8) Victor Valley 59

Division 2A

(15) Riverside North 81, (2) Elsinore 71 (OT)

(7) Gahr 79, (10) Ayala 59

Vista del Lago 61, Eastside 54

Division 3AA

(2) Palm Springs 49, (15) Arroyo Grande 48

Division 3A

(6) Garden Grove Pacifica 60, (11) Citrus Hill 55

Division 4AA

(2) Windward 85, Tahquitz 42

Division 4A

(1) Oaks Christian 74 (16) Big Bear 64

(6) Buckley 51, (11) Ridgecrest Burroughs 49

(7) Ontario Christian 67, Fillmore 61

Division 5AA

(3) Muir 55, (14) Western Christian 54

Division 5A

(1) Sierra Canyon 80, (15) Bloomington Christian 49

(6) Brethren Christian 47 (11) Desert Christian Academy 45

(9) Aquinas 63, (10) Yeshiva 50

Division 6AA

(9) Shalhevet 59, (7) Hesperia Christian 50

(11) Orangewood Academy 48, Mojave 43

Division 6A

(2) Boron 55, Immanuel Christian 43

(3) Redlands Adventist Academy 63, Baker Valley 42

(4) Calvary Baptist 58, Lake Arrowhead Christian 51



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