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Inland Empire: Boys' basketball top 10

January, 11, 2011
Etiwanda, Corona Centennial and Murrieta Valley continue to be the class of the Inland Empire, with Moreno Valley Rancho Verde and Upland a step behind. After that, it's a bit of a free for all. Rialto Eisenhower showed it's better than its record would indicate, while Ontario Colony might not be, as it barely got by Chino Don Lugo in its Mt. Baldy League opener.

1. Etiwanda, 15-0 (1) – The Eagles defeated Rancho Cucamonga, 77-64, in both team’s Baseline League opener Friday night. The score was closer than it would indicate, as Etiwanda pulled its starters late and the Cougars kept theirs in. Next up: Tonight vs. Glendora at Etiwanda.

2. Centennial, 12-3 (2) – Dominique Dunning had 23 points and 11 rebounds Thursday in a 67-42 victory at Riverside North. Senior point guard Michael Caffey scored 23 points in a 74-30 win against Riverside Poly last Tuesday. Caffey, who doesn’t draw as much attention as Dunning or Gelaun Wheelwright, is averaging 18 point at 6.5 assists. Next up: Tonight at Norco.

3. Murrieta Valley, 13-2 (3) – Justin Gudger scored a season-high 32 points in a 67-55 victory last Tuesday at La Puente Bishop Amat. Gudger also sank a season-high four three-pointers on six attempts. He came back Friday and scored 22 points in a 63-50 noleague victory against San Diego. Next up: Wednesday vs. Temecula Valley at Murrieta.

4. Rancho Verde, 13-3 (4) – Deshon Taylor, a 5-11 freshman guard, scored 22 points Monday night in a 60-53 victory against Moreno Valley Canyon Springs. Taylor obviously isn’t afraid to shoot the ball, hitting a few three-point baskets that were estimated to be 10 feet beyond the arc. Next up: Wednesday at Moreno Valley Valley View.

5. Upland, 12-3 (5) – The Highlanders knocked off host Mira Loma Alta Loma, 77-42, on Friday night. Their schedule ramps up considerably this week with games against Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos and Etiwanda. Next up: Tonight vs. Los Osos at Upland.

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