Monday, January 31, 2011
Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend
By Dan Arritt
1. Huge upset in the Inland Valley League on Friday night as the Moreno Valley Canyon Springs boys’ basketball team surged to a 13-point halftime lead against visiting Moreno Valley Rancho Verde and held on for a 55-50 victory. Rancho Verde came in ranked No. 4 in the Inland Empire by ESPNLA and undefeated in league play over the last two seasons. With the victory, the Cougars (13-10, 8-2) moved within a game of the Mustangs (18-4, 9-1). Rajshah Head scored 16 points and Taj Spencer had 14 for Canyon Springs.
2. Regardless of the sport, there’s usually never a dull moment when Redlands and Redlands East Valley get together. The boys’ basketball teams clashed again Thursday night and it was REV coming out on top for the second time this season, 74-62, at Redlands. Paulin Mpawe, a 6-foot-9 center for REV who’s headed to Pepperdine, had 18 points and 18 rebounds. Redlands senior guard Ashton Robinson, scored 29 points but actually lowered his scoring average to 34, which is still second best in the state. REV improved to 19-4, 5-1. The Terriers dropped to 15-6, 3-3.
3. Etiwanda came up two victories short of matching its 23-game winning streak to start the season three years ago. The Eagles were defeated Saturday night, 70-64, by Los Angeles Loyola at the Fairfax State Classic Preview, dropping their record to 21-1. Etiwanda has had some close calls this season but the Eagles actually let this one get away, building several double-digit leads before unraveling in the fourth quarter. Byron Wesley scored 30 points for Etiwanda, but only four in the fourth. The Eagles won’t have time to sulk as they travel to second-place Glendora for a key Baseline League game Tuesday.
4. Earlier this season, the Etiwanda girls’ basketball team's 66-game league winning streak ended. On Friday it was San Bernardino Cajon’s turn. The Cowgirls lost to Rialto, 43-41, in San Andreas League play, ending their league winning streak at 85 games. Cajon (22-1, 8-1) had several chances to tie or take the lead in the final quarter, but couldn’t convert and lost its first league game since the 2002-03 season. Janae Sharpe had 18 points and four steals to lead Rialto (21-3, 9-1).
5. Etiwanda earned its revenge Friday night against Rancho Cucamonga, getting 20 points and nine rebounds from Arizona State-bound forward Jada Blackwell, who sat out the first meeting with pneumonia. The victory also gave the Eagles (18-3, 5-1) sole possession of first place in league play, as the Cougars (12-4, 4-2) lost three days earlier against Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos.