Los Angeles Preps: Cleveland

Birmingham wins on half-court shot

February, 2, 2012
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With the score tied 61-61, Birmingham's Andrew Estes launched a half-court shot for Birmingham that banked in to beat Chatsworth in a West Valley League game Wednesday night.

In other West Valley League games, Woodland Hills Taft beat Granada Hills, 69-52. Steve Jones scored 14 points for Taft.
El Camino Real beat Cleveland of Reseda, 62-52. Julian Richardson scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds for El Camino Real.

Boys basketball games of the week

January, 4, 2012
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The Mission League boys basketball season opens tonight with a dandy: Loyola vs. Crespi.

Undefeated Loyola (11-0) comes into the league opener with an 11-game winning streak. Crespi (13-1) has lost only one game, to Washington in the semifinals of the Redondo Sea Hawk Beach Classic last week.

The Marmonte League has a few good games on tap this week as well.

Moorpark (11-3) visits Calabasas (12-2) in a matchup of two of the top teams in league tonight. In another Marmonte League game, Thousand Oaks (11-3) will put its four-game winning streak on the line against Royal (9-5).

On Friday, Westlake (13-4) is on the road against Moorpark.

The El Camino Real Showcase begins on Saturday with El Camino against Sierra Canyon in the showcase game.

In non-league action, West Ranch plays Village Christian tonight, Cleveland of Reseda is at L.A. Windward on Thursday and Bell-Jeff plays Chaminade on Saturday.

LA North: Five things from the weekend

February, 21, 2011
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1. The players on the Cleveland boys basketball team are making no secrets they want another shot at Woodland Hills Taft. The two teams meet in the quarterfinals of the CIF City Section Division 1 playoffs on Tuesday night. Taft, the top seed in the Division 1 playoffs, has won the previous two games against Cleveland by pretty significant margins. The first time the two teams met on Jan. 21, Taft won, 69-32. The second time, at Cleveland High School on Feb. 9, Taft won 79-40. That’s an average winning margin of victory of 38 points. Taft is coming off an 80-point win over Hollywood in the first round of the playoffs. Cleveland escaped with a two-point win over Fremont in its first-round game. This one has blowout written all over it.

2. The Valencia boys basketball team is in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs and will play third-seeded Etiwanda on Tuesday night. Valencia, the 12th seed in the playoffs, pulled off a bit of an upset in the second round. The Vikings beat fifth-seeded Murrieta Valley, 77-70, on the road. Valencia and Etiwanda played in the Oaks Christian Holiday Invitational in December, but didn’t play each other. Eitiwanda won the tournament. Valencia finished in fourth place. They had two common opponents in that tournament. Etiwanda beat Sacramento in the semifinals and beat Loyola in the championship game. Valencia lost to Loyola in the semis and lost to Sacramento in the third-place game.

3. Loyola opened the CIF Southern Section Division 1A playoffs with a bang. The Cubs beat Highland by 40 points, 98-58, in the second round of the playoffs. Loyola had a bye in the first round. Joe Stein scored 24 points, 19 in the first half, as Loyola built a 55-26 lead at halftime. Loyola plays ninth-seeded Montclair on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals. Montclair beat Rialto, 55-50, in the first round and El Toro, 73-33, in the second round.

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Cleveland's Kody Riewthong hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in the game in his team's 64-62 win over Fremont in the first round of the CIF City Section Division 1 playoffs on Thursday night.

Riewthong scored 12 points in the game and made two 3-pointers.

Cleveland was down three points, 62-59, with just over a minute to play.

Jaylen Bland scored a basket for Cleveland to cut the Fremont lead to one point, 62-61, with 24 seconds to play.

Fremont was unable to inbound the ball and turned it over on a five-second violation.

Riewthong hit a 3-pointer in the corner on the ensuing possession and gave his team a two-point edge with 16 seconds to play.

Fremont missed two shots that would have won the game in the final 15 seconds.

Cleveland will play top-seeded Woodland Hills Taft in the second round on Tuesday night.

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RESEDA -- Cleveland's Jaylen Bland scored a game-high 27 points and had 10 rebounds in his team's first round CIF City Section Division 1 playoff win over Fremont at Cleveland High School on Thursday night.

Cleveland beat Fremont, 64-62, on a 3-point shot by Kody Riewthong with 16 seconds left to play in the game.

Bland, a senior guard who has committed to Murray State, put back a missed shot with 24 seconds left to pull Cleveland to within one point, 62-61.
Bland scored eight points in the fourth quarter and made three 3-pointers.


RESEDA -- Cleveland's Kody Riewthong admits he was looking past his team's first round CIF City Section Division 1 playoff game against Fremont on Thursday night.

He kept his focus long enough to hit the game-winning shot with 16 seconds left in the game.

Riewthong's 3-pointer from the corner gave Cleveland a 64-62 win over Fremont at Cleveland High School.

After the game, Riewthong said he and some of his teammates want a rematch with Woodland Hills Taft, the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 playoffs. That might have contributed to some lapses during the game.

Cleveland led by as many as 10 points in the first half. But Fremont rallied to trim the lead to one point, 29-28, at halftime.

Cleveland had a five-point, 48-43, lead to start the fourth quarter. Fremont tied the score, 50-50, with 5:25 to play and again, 54-54, with 3:34 to play.

Fremont's Dillmore Conorque hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and gave his team a 57-54 lead with less than three minutes to play. Shane Kizzee went on a 3-point spree in the second half. He hit four 3-pointers, two in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter and finished with six 3-pointers in the game.

His 3-pointer with 1:07 to play in the fourth quarter gave Fremont a 62-59 lead.
Jaylen Bland put back a missed shot to pull his team within one point, 62-61, with 24 seconds left in the game.

Cleveland forced a turnover by preventing Fremont from inbounding the ball, a five-second violation, and had a chance to win the game in regulation.

Riewthong sank his only shot of the fourth quarter from the corner which resulted in an exuberant Osiris Nalls, the Cleveland coach, running run on the court and hugging his sophomore guard.

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