Thursday, February 17, 2011
Inland Empire: Scores and more from boys basketball playoffs
By Dan Arritt
Looking back on Wednesday's first-round games in the Southern Section boys’ basketball playoffs, the brackets were full of winners and losers and a few Inland Empire teams that created sub-categories. Here's a quick list.
Poorest showing by a league – The Southwestern League lost three of five games Wednesday night but the biggest news came from one of the victories. Murrieta Valley, seeded fifth in Division 1AA, survived on a banked-in three-pointer at the overtime buzzer to defeat visiting Corona, 50-48. The Nighthawks’ best player, Justin Gudger, injured his ankle late in the first quarter and did not return. Great Oak, Chaparral and Vista Murrieta lost their playoff openers. Temecula Valley advanced in Division 2AA.
Poorest showing by a team(s) – This is stretching the boundaries a bit but since Glendora is the only non-I.E. team in the Baseline League, the collapse of the Tartans deserves mention here. Glendora, seeded fourth in Division 2A, lost in overtime, 72-65, against Eastside High of Lancaster, which tied for third in the mighty Golden League. Closer to home, sixth-seeded San Bernardino was also knocked out sooner than expected in Division 2A, coming up short against visiting Manhattan Beach Mira Costa, 62-54. The Cardinals had just finished celebrating their first league title in 18 years, while Mira Costa was coming off five consecutive losses.
Thanks for nothing award – Moreno Valley Canyon Springs scored a huge upset against Moreno Valley Rancho Verde to earn a share of the Inland Valley League title. The Southern Section didn’t do the Cougars any favors, matching them against fourth-seeded Compton in Division 2AA. Despite hosting the game, Canyon Springs was no match for the Dons and lost, 64-50, and the IVL went 1-3. In Division 3A, Palm Desert was seeded seventh but drew visiting Lakewood Artesia, the once-proud basketball factory that traditionally plays it best basketball this time of year. You guessed it, Artesia won, 47-45.
Here’s the full roundup of games from the top six divisions that involve I.E. teams: