Monday, January 2, 2012
I.E.: Five things from the weekend
By Dan Arritt
1. The Etiwanda boys’ basketball team had a performance to remember Friday night in the championship game of the Holiday Hardwood Classic. Or maybe it was just a night to forget for tournament host Oaks Christian. The Lions shot just 5-for-46 from the field for a minuscule 10.1 percent success rate in the 60-28 loss in their own gym. They didn’t convert a field goal in the second half until just 30 seconds remained. On the other end of the floor, Etiwanda sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin was averaging a point a minute while on the floor, finishing with a team-high 24. Etiwanda (14-1) is next scheduled to play L.A. Crenshaw in a one-day showcase Saturday night at Eisenhower High.
2. Murrieta Valley senior sharp-shooter Reid Shackelford continues his amazing season. He set a school record with eight 3-point baskets in Friday’s championship game of the Mayor’s Division at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic. Shackelford finished with 31 points in the 80-55 victory against Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth. He’s averaging 19.1 points this season after averaging 3.6 as a junior. Darius Butler contributed 24 points for the Nighthawks and was named the tournament MVP. It was the third tournament title for Murrieta Valley (12-1), which is scheduled to host Redlands in a nonleague game Wednesday.
3. Elsinore is the only team to beat Murrieta Valley this season and the Tigers knocked off the area’s other top program Friday night, beating Vista Murrieta, 63-54, in the final of the Paloma Valley Winter Shootout. E.J. Twyman, perhaps the Inland Empire’s best player, scored 35 points and was part of a defensive effort that forced 19 turnovers. Twyman scored 17 consecutive points for Elsinore (12-2) to start the second half, helping the Tigers stretch a one-point lead to 14 entering the final quarter. Elsinore hosts L.A. Cathedral in a nonleague game Tuesday.
4. The Best in the West girls’ basketball tournament hosted by Ayala is annually one of the nation’s most competitive and this season was no exception, as Corona Santiago met up against Summit in the championship game Friday night. Santiago prevailed, 76-69, behind 33 points from junior shooting guard Chrishae Rowe. The Sharks (14-0) led by a point early in the fourth quarter, but sophomore point guard Paris Jones scored six straight for Santiago to stretch the lead to five. Jones and 6-3 sophomore center Monique Billings finished with 14 points each for the Sharks.
5. The Summit boys’ team reached the championship game of the San Bernardino Kiwanis tournament Friday night at Arroyo Valley High, but the two-time defending tournament champions gave up the game’s first nine points and ultimately lost to Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial, 77-69. Isaiah Taylor scored 25 points to lead the SkyHawks, connecting on six 3-pointers. Corona Santiago and Riverside King also reached the championship game in their respective divisions Friday at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in the Palm Springs area. Santiago lost to Crenshaw, 51-43, and King lost to Pleasant Valley out of Elk Grove, 74-71.