Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Inland Empire: Five things from the (long) weekend
By Dan Arritt
1. The Victorville Victor Valley boys’ basketball team came down the hill Saturday and took on host Villa Park in a nonleague game. The Jackrabbits came in favored but still pulled off a stunner, rallying from 13 points down with four minutes remaining to win, 75-73. Isaiah Kepley converted a three-point play with 34 seconds remaining to tie the score, 73-73. The Jackrabbits then forced a turnover and Zeke DeBlase scored a layup with 3.4 seconds left for the winning margin. Victor Valley (15-3) entered last week ranked No. 5 in Southern Section Division 2AA, Villa Park was No. 7.
2. The Etiwanda boys’ basketball team is still on track to better its 23-0 start from three years ago. The Eagles (18-0, 3-0) cleared a couple of major hurdles over the long weekend, defeating host Upland, 53-40, in a Baseline League game Friday night, then scoring with 9.9 seconds remaining Monday to defeat Ventura, 52-51, at the Martin Luther King Shootout at Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos. Etiwanda travels to Los Osos (12-5, 2-1) for a league game Friday, then plays Ontario Colony (10-7, 4-0 in the Mt. Baldy League) on Saturday at the Azusa Pacific Shootout.
3. Chino Hills had never lost to La Verne Damien until Friday night. However, the Huskies (15-4, 1-1) couldn’t control Damien in transition, in particular 6-foot-7 forward Chris Reyes, and lost the Sierra League game, 59-50, on their home floor. The victory ended a six -game winning streak against the Spartans (15-1, 2-0). Jon Richman scored 15 points to lead Chino Hills, which defeated Rancho Cucamonga at the Los Osos showcase and returns to action Wednesday against visiting West Covina South Hills.
4. The Elsinore girls’ basketball team pulled off a big upset Thursday night in Sunbelt League play. The Tigers shut down Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon’s leading scorer and beat the league favorites, 49-42, at Elsinore High. Arika Nassar, a San Diego State-bound volleyball player who came in averaging 25 points a game, was held to six. The Tigers also forced 23 turnovers. Temescal Canyon, which came in ranked No. 7 in Division 3A, further hindered its chances by shooting 5-for-17 from the free-throw line.
5. The Rancho Cucamonga girls’ basketball team, ranked No. 4 in the latest Division 1A coaches’ poll, took on perennial powerhouse Brea Olinda on Monday at the Tony Matson Memorial Showcase. The result was no contest. The Ladycats, ranked No. 1 in Division 1AA, sped away to a 67-34 victory to improve their record to 16-0. The Cougars, meanwhile, fell to 11-2. Rancho Cucamonga resumes Baseline League play Friday at Upland.