Thursday, January 27, 2011
Inland Empire: Boys' basketball games of the week
By Dan Arritt
Victorville Victor Valley (18-3, 6-1) at Victorville Silverado (15-1, 7-0), Friday, 6:30 p.m. – This rematch couldn’t come soon enough for Victor Valley, which got smashed in its own gym by Silverado, 81-51, in a Desert Sky League game Jan. 12. These teams are a lot closer than that score would indicate. Silverado is ranked No. 6 in Division 1A, the Jackrabbits are No. 6 in Division 2AA.
Etiwanda (21-0) vs. Los Angeles Loyola (15-5) at the Fairfax HS State Preview Classic, Saturday, 8 p.m. – This would be one of the most anticipated match ups of the showcase season except for the fact these teams met less than month ago. Etiwanda, ranked No. 2 in Division 1AA, defeated Loyola, ranked No. 2 in Division 1A, 70-61, in the final of the Oaks Christian tournament Dec. 30. The players to watch are Byron Wesley of Etiwanda, a 6-5 wing who has signed with USC and averages 18.3 points a game, and Julian Harrell of Loyola, a 6-5 junior wing who is averaging a team-high 16 points.
Murrieta Valley (18-3, 5-0) at Temecula Valley (14-6, 3-2), Friday, 7 p.m. – The Nighthawks gave Murrieta Valley a tough time when they last met Jan. 12, especially 6-8 senior post player Josh Richardson, who had career highs of 26 points and 21 rebounds in the 67-61 loss. Murrieta Valley will need to count on its tallest player, 6-6 junior Jackson Helms, to keep Richardson out of the paint.
Riverside North (14-7, 4-4) at Corona (13-6, 5-3), tonight, 7:30 p.m. – Corona Centennial and Eastvale Roosevelt have separated themselves from the rest of the pack in the Big VIII League, but there are still two automatic playoff berths up for grabs and the winner of this game will take a big step towards clinching one of those spots. Corona beat the Huskies, 56-50, at North on Jan. 4. Marcos Hazelwood, a 6-1 junior guard, scored 21 points to lead the Panthers.
Moreno Valley Canyon Springs (12-10, 7-2) at Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (18-3, 9-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. – Rancho Verde, ranked No. 8 in Division 1AA, held off the Cougars, 60-53, in an Inland Valley League game Jan. 10.
Redlands East Valley at Rialto Eisenhower, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Palm Desert at Palm Springs, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Upland at Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.