Monday, February 7, 2011
Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend
By Dan Arritt
1. They’ll probably be talking about Richard Ewing’s shot for years to come at Twentynine Palms. The Wildcats trailed by a point with 1.1 seconds remaining Friday night and Big Bear guard Owen David was at the free-throw line. He made the first and then intentionally missed the second but ended up missing the rim too, giving Twentynine Palms a chance to inbound the ball. Sean Lopez threw an overhand pass to Ewing at mid-court, who turned and threw the ball through the net to give the Wildcats a 46-45 victory and at least a share of the De Anza League title.
2. Upland was facing a must-win Friday at Etiwanda and the Highlanders came through with a 69-65 victory in a Baseline League game. John Gilliam and Myles Pearson scored 20 points each for Upland, which committed just two turnovers while forcing 13. The Highlanders remain in fourth place in league, but can get back in the top three by winning their final two games. Etiwanda, meanwhile, can clinch the league title outright by winning one of its final two games.
3. Rialto Eisenhower coach Steve Johnson must like the direction his team is headed after the Eagles knocked off Los Angeles Fairfax, 53-39, on Saturday at the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei. Eisenhower lost to Fairfax by 22 points back in December. Marvelle Harris scored 22 points and Keyon Sayles had 15 for the Eagles, who held the Lions to 30.7% shooting.
4. E.J. Twyman scored 30 points Thursday night to lead Elsinore to a 58-54 victory against Perris, clinching the Sunbelt League title for the second consecutive season. Perris managed to cut the deficit to one point with about a minute remaining and had the ball but Devon Ware’s layup rolled out and Twyman calmly sank four free throws down the stretch to end the rally. The Tigers also forced 25 turnovers.
5. Corona Santiago sophomore girls’ basketball player Chrishae Rowe scored a season-high 32 points Thursday to lead the Sharks to a 73-53 victory against Corona Centennial in a Big VIII League game. Rowe also had 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals in leading Santiago to its 13th consecutive victory against the Huskies. If the Sharks can beat Riverside North and Riverside Poly this week, they’ll finish unbeaten in league play for the fourth consecutive season.