Los Angeles Preps: Davin Guinn

I.E.: Basketball playoffs continue tonight

February, 21, 2012
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The Southern Section boys' basketball playoffs resume tonight with some intriguing second-round and quarterfinal games. Here's a look at the key storylines to watch for, and a list of all the other games involving Inland Empire teams.

Top Ticket

Division 1A second-round game

Vista Murrieta at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.: These teams met Jan. 3 in a nonleague tuneup, and host Chino Hills was the much better team that night, scoring a 67-47 victory. The seventh-seeded Huskies win with defense, and they’ll know who to stop for Vista Murrieta. Davin Guinn is averaging 23 points a game for the 10th-seeded Broncos. The 6-foot-5 senior forward scored 32 in a 65-57 overtime victory Friday night against Alta Loma. Guinn scored 25 points when these teams last met, but shot 6 for 22 and no other Vista Murrieta player contributed more than seven points.

Upset Alert

Division 1AA second-round game

Etiwanda at Gahr, 7 p.m.: Etiwanda is seeded third in the division and usually skims right through the early rounds of the postseason, but Gahr is also a program accustomed to long playoff runs, and it opened with an overtime upset victory at 13th-seeded Ventura.

Matchup to watch

Division 2AA second-round game

J.W. North at Temecula Valley, 7 p.m.: Temecula Valley received a big boost when 6-7 junior forward Brandon Rosser returned Friday for the Golden Bears’ first-round game against at Serrano. Rosser was thought to be lost for the season when he suffered a severe gash on his right wrist when he collided with an unsecured door while trying to save a loose ball under his basket during a holiday tournament at Marin Catholic High School in the Bay Area. Rosser contributed eight points and 14 rebounds in the overtime victory against Serrano. Rosser averaged 15.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in the 12 games before the injury. His size will come in handy against third-seeded J.W. North, whose front line stands, 6-5, 6-5 and 6-8.

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I.E.: Boys' basketball playoff roundup

February, 18, 2012
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The Southern Section boys' basketball playoffs began last week with a number of noteworthy performances. Here's a rundown of some of the more memorable from Friday night.

Biggest upset: One of the Inland Empire’s best hopes of winning a section title went down the drain when third-seeded Palm Springs lost on a buzzer beater to host Beverly Hills in a Division 3AAA second-round game. The Indians had taken a one-point lead on a putback by Jordan Pellum with 7.3 seconds remaining. Quintin Taylor then blocked a shot by the Normans on the other end of the floor, but the ball went to another Beverly Hills player and he made the basket from 12 feet at the buzzer.

Runner-up: Rancho Cucamonga beat eighth-seeded Downey, 73-67, in overtime of a Division 1AA game. Malcolm Drumwright had 26 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars, who blew a 10-point lead with two minutes remaining in regulation. Rancho Cucamonga will host ninth-seeded Foothill on Tuesday.

Best performance: Sticking with the low desert theme, Jonathan Serven of Palm Desert scored 35 points in another Division 3AAA game, leading the Aztecs to a 66-54 victory against visiting Citrus Hill. Serven, a 6-3 senior guard, became the school’s career scoring leader, passing the previous mark of 1,358 points established by Justin Sobczyk in 2005.

Runner-up: Eisenhower senior guard Marvelle Harris scored 34 points to lead the seventh-seeded Eagles to a 66-29 victory against visiting Montebello in a Division 1AA game. Eisenhower advanced to host 10th-seeded Rancho Verde in Tuesday’s second round.

Best comeback: Riverside Poly has some big wins already this season. The Bears were the only team to beat J.W. North during Big VIII League play and they did it twice. But they never had to come as far back as they did against visiting Perris in a Division 2AA first-round game. Poly rallied from a 17-point first-quarter deficit to win, 63-52. Jeff Gonzalez, a 6-6 senior forward, finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds, and Poly’s other big man, 6-6 senior forward Noah Prouse, pitched in 22 points and seven rebounds. The eighth-seeded Bears move on to play No. 9 Ayala on Tuesday night at Ayala High.

Runner-up: Vista Murrieta trailed by seven points with five minutes remaining in a Division 1A second-round game against visiting Alta Loma, then rallied to win in overtime, 65-57. Davin Guinn scored 32 points for the 10th-seeded Broncos, who advanced to play No. 7 Chino Hills in Tuesday’s second round at Chino Hills.

I.E.: Boys' basketball playoff primer

February, 16, 2012
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With the best Inland Empire boys’ basketball teams placed in the top four divisions of the Southern Section playoffs, here’s a rundown of what to look for beginning with Friday’s first-round games.

DIVISION 1AA

Background: The Inland Empire is well known in this division. The region has sent a representative to the championship game the last three years. Long Beach Poly beat Corona Centennial last season, Mater Dei toppled Etiwanda the year before and Riverside King upset Mater Dei in 2009.

Best Shot: If third-seeded Etiwanda is to continue that trend, the Eagles will likely need to find a way to beat second-seeded Long Beach Poly. They lost to the Jackrabbits in the Division 1AA semifinals last season and again nine days later in the second round of the SoCal Regional playoffs. There are few high school coaches who squeeze more out of their players than Dave Kleckner at Etiwanda, however.

Best first-round game: Highland at Silverado. A good old- fashioned high desert showdown as 11th-seeded Silverado brings a 16-game winning streak into the postseason. The Hawks will need to find a way to slow Highland senior guard Joseph Prince, who is averaging 23.4 points. Prince, who played the last two seasons at Glenbrook North High in Northbrook, Ill., scored a season-high 37 points in the regular-season finale last week against Lancaster.

Darkhorse: Rancho Verde didn’t land on the same side of the bracket as top-seeded Mater Dei, so that can already be considered a victory. In the last three seasons, the Mustangs lost all four postseason meetings against Mater Dei, with three losses in the section playoffs and another in the SoCal Regionals. Rancho Verde is seeded 10th and drew a good challenge in the opener against visiting Montclair. A possible second-round game against seventh-seeded Eisenhower looms.

DIVISION 1A

Background: A team from the I.E. has qualified for the semifinals in this division the last three seasons, Redlands East Valley a year ago, Colony in 2010 and Chino Hills in 2009. In the last final appearance by an I.E. team, Riverside King beat Etiwanda in the 2008 championship game at Honda Center.

Best Shot: The I.E.’s streak of semifinalists could be in serious jeopardy. The highest-seeded teams in this division are No. 7 Chino Hills and No. 10 Vista Murrieta, and they would meet in the second round should they win their openers. The good thing is, one I.E. team would be guaranteed a trip to the quarterfinals.

Best first-round game: Corona at Arroyo Valley. Both these teams have held their own against good competition this season. Corona tied for fifth in the highly competitive Big VIII League and Arroyo Valley finished runner up in the San Andreas League, losing both games to league champion Cajon by a combined six points.

Darkhorse: Vista Murrieta has shown it can reach up and bite a good team if they’re not paying attention. The Broncos beat Murrieta Valley by 13 points in a Southwestern League game last month and the Nighthawks are seeded third in Division 2A. Davin Guinn, a 6-5 senior forward for Vista Murrieta, is one of the top players in the division. He matched his season high with 32 points in the rematch against Murrieta Valley last week.

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I.E.: 5 things from last week

January, 23, 2012
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1. Nearly two years after the Murrieta Valley boys’ basketball team lost its last Southwestern League game, one that cost the Nighthawks a share of the league title, they faced off against the team that beat them, cross-town rival Vista Murrieta. The latest result Thursday night was even more shocking, as the host Broncos got 27 points from Davin Guinn and beat the top-ranked team in Division 2A, 60-47. As a result, heading into this week, Vista Murrieta, Murrieta Valley and Murrieta Mesa are locked in a three-way tie in SWL play at 3-1.

2. Don Lugo appeared to be the only 6-0 team at the halfway point of the Mt. Baldy League schedule, but the Dons had to forfeit a two-point victory against Montclair on Jan. 9 for using an ineligible player, the Chino Champion reported. The loss dropped Don Lugo into a three-way tie with Montclair and Colony, who the Dons also defeated earlier this season. Colony, which had a 59-game league winning streak snapped by Montclair last season, blew out the host Cavaliers, 88-57, on Friday night to set up a key rematch this Friday at Don Lugo.

3. Marvelle Harris of Eisenhower is considered one of the top unsigned shooting guards on the West Coast, according to several recruiting publications. The 6-foot-3 senior is likely earning additional looks after a strong start to the season. He was at his best Wednesday night in a 60-49 victory against Redlands East Valley, scoring 28 points and pulling down eight rebounds to keep the Eagles atop the Citrus Belt League standings. He had 29 points and 11 rebounds in 59-48 win the week before against Yucaipa, which is tied for second with REV at 3-1.

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Inland league boys' previews

January, 9, 2012
1/09/12
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BASELINE LEAGUE

League openers: Tonight – Etiwanda @ Glendora; Upland @ Los Osos; Alta Loma @ Rancho Cucamonga.

Last year’s finish: Etiwanda (9-1); Glendora (6-4); Upland (6-4); Los Osos (5-5); Rancho Cucamonga (4-6); Alta Loma (0-10).

Players to watch: Jordan McLaughlin (Etiwanda), 5-11, So., G; Sheldon Blackwell (Etiwanda), 6-4, Jr., F; Brandon Townes (Etiwanda), 6-2, Sr., G; Sam Flemming (Etiwanda), 6-0, Sr., F; Nick Colletta (Glendora), 6-5, Jr., F; Kyle Gordon (Glendora), 6-4, Sr., G; Myles Pearson (Upland), 5-10, Sr., G; Ferrell Marshall (Upland), 6-0, Sr., G; Malcolm Drumwright (Rancho Cucamonga), 6-1, Jr., G; Victor Joseph (Rancho Cucmamonga), 6-1, So., G; Adom Jacko (Alta Loma), 6-6, Sr., F; Jonathan Solomon (Los Osos), 6-3, Sr., F.

Predicted order of finish: Etiwanda, Glendora, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Los Osos, Alta Loma.

MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE

League openers: Tonight – Beaumont @ Citrus Hill; Hemet @ West Valley; Tahquitz @ San Jacinto.

Last year’s finish: Citrus Hill (10-0); San Jacinto (8-2); Beaumont (5-5); Tahquitz (4-6); West Valley (2-8); Hemet (1-9).

Players to watch: Anthony Rounds (Citrus Hill), 6-7, Sr., F; Ralph Myles (Citrus Hill), 5-0, Sr., G; Dejon Brown (Beaumont), 6-2, Sr., G.; Andrew Walker (Beaumont), Jr.; Kris Acevedo (Hemet), 6-0, Sr., G; P.J. Murrieta (San Jacinto), 5-10, So., G; Roosevelt Adams (West Valley), 6-4, Sr., F; Robert Edwards (West Valley), 6-4, Jr., F; David Walker (Tahquitz), 6-1, Sr., G.

Predicted order of finish: Citrus Hill, Beaumont, San Jacinto, West Valley, Hemet, Tahquitz.

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I.E.: Boys' basketball Top 10

December, 6, 2011
12/06/11
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With the boys' basketball season a week under way, some teams have already proved they're a force to be reckoned with, while a few others have started a step slow. Here's a look at the teams and players to watch in the coming months, and where you can see them play.

1. J.W. North, 4-0

The Huskies return their top two scorers from last season’s 19-11 team. Aaron Peck, a 6-4 senior forward, was an all-Division 2A selection after averaging a team-high 17.5 points and nine rebounds. He forms a dangerous trio up front with 6-5 junior forwards Marcus Baugh (10.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Dorian Butler (7.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg). Rancho Verde transfer DeShon Taylor, a sophomore guard, more than shores up the back court.

2. Etiwanda, 3-1

The Eagles graduated their top five scorers from last season’s team that advanced to the Division 1AA semifinals but should regroup well behind their next superstar, sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin. The 5-11 ball handler scored 20 points Saturday night in a 72-61 loss to LaVerne Lutheran in the Rose City Classic championship game in Pasadena. Etiwanda will also count on 6-4 junior forward Sheldon Blackwell and 6-3 senior guard Dominique Walker.

3. Murrieta Valley, 5-0

The Nighthawks graduated their top two scorers from a team that finished 24-4 last season but appear to have filled the gaps in a hurray, evident by their 58-54 victory last weekend against Rancho Verde in the final of the Big Daddy tournament at Citrus Hill High. Darius Butler, a 6-3 senior forward, and Reid Shackelford, a 5-11 senior guard, appear willing and able to step into scoring roles. Butler is averaging 21 points through the first five games after averaging 8.7 last season, and Shackelford has bumped his scoring average up from 3.6 last season to 18.8. Jackson Helms, a 6-7 senior forward, is also rounding into one of the region’s better big men.

4. Rancho Verde, 3-1

Jordan Grace, a 6-2 senior guard, is a returning Division I-AA selection. He’ll team up nicely with 6-foot senior guard Kendall Schmidt, who transferred from Woodcrest Christian after averaging 25 points a game last season. Sophomore guards Jalen Hall and Tre Nottingham and 6-3 junior forward Lance Jones give the Mustangs additional depth, while 6-6 newcomer Khalil Fuller, the brother of Vanderbilt guard Kyle Fuller, will push to join the rotation.

5. Colony, 3-1

The Titans return their two best players from last season’s team, which finished 20-10, including 11-1 in the Mt. Baldy League, and advanced to the Division 2AA quarterfinals. Miles Poullard, a 6-2 senior guard, and Everett Turner, a 6-foot junior guard, were all-Division 2AA selections last season. With no player taller than 6-4 on the roster, the Titans will need to maintain an up-tempo pace to be successful.

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