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Monday, December 26, 2011
I.E.: Here's your tournament guide for the week

By Dan Arritt

ESPNLA will be updating its preseason boys' basketball rankings after the holidays. Until then, here's a rundown of where you can find the region's top teams this week.

*Etiwanda opens Tuesday against Morningside at the Holiday Hardwood Tournament at Oaks Christian High School. The Eagles (10-1) are coming off victories against Summit and Chino Hills en route to winning the Inland Empire Classic, as well as a nonleague win against Eisenhower. The 16-team HHT field includes a few other top Inland Empire teams. Eisenhower opens against Rancho Verde, Sacramento plays Corona Centennial, Upland plays Inglewood and Colony takes on Cleveland. Hit the above link for the full schedule.

*The Holiday Classic hosted by Torrey Pines is one of the top tournaments in the nation this time of year. Though no I.E. teams are entered in the premier National Division bracket, several are entered in other divisions. In the American Division at La Costa Canyon High School, Chino Hills (5-2) opens Tuesday at 10 a.m. against Villa Park, Palm Springs plays Santa Maria Righetti at 4:20 p.m., and Roosevelt plays Douglas (Nev.) at 9:05 p.m. Here's the day-to-day schedule for that division.  Over in the Mayor's Division at Rancho Bernardo High, Murrieta Valley (8-1) opens Tuesday at 3:50 p.m. against Flintridge Prep. Chaparral is scheduled to play Cienega (Ariz.) at 8:35 p.m.

*Out in the desert, a number of I.E. teams are entered in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic, which features 56 teams competing in seven divisions. Riverside King and Rancho Cucamonga are scheduled to compete in the eight-team Classic Division, the semi-main event behind the Invitational Division. King (7-2) opens Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. against Canoga Park at Cathedral City High School. Rancho Cucamonga (8-3) plays that night at 7 against Simi Valley at Palm Valley High School. Here's a link to the full program.

*J.W. North opens play Monday at 4 p.m. against Charter Oak in the Covina Christmas Tournament. The Huskies (7-2) are the top-seeded team in the 16-team draw. Here's a link to the brackets, courtesy of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

*Montclair, which has opened the season 10-0, heads north to compete in the Atascadero Tournament. The Cavaliers open Tuesday against Paso Robles at 5:45 p.m.

*Elsinore, Vista Murrieta and several other I.E. teams are entered in the Paloma Valley Winter Shootout beginning Tuesday. Here's a link to that pool-play schedule.

*Over in the adjoining county, Cajon and Summit highlight the field at the 54th San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament at Arroyo Valley High.  That tournament also begins Tuesday. Here's a link to the opening-day schedule, courtesy of the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Check back during the week for updates from the tournaments.