Los Angeles Preps: Greg Watson

1. With less than two seconds remaining, Greg Watson of Sonora took an inbounds pass and made a fall-away jumper to give the Raiders a 53-51 victory over Cypress in the second round of the Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs. Although David Salazar made the pass that led to the game-winning basket, it was Raffi Chalian who may have had the biggest assist of all. With 1.8 seconds left, Watson had taken a pass and scored a layup, but a foul was called immediately, negating the basket that should have been the game-winner. Watson expressed his displeasure, and Chalian pushed Watson well away from the officials; had Watson (11 points) been whistled for a technical foul in the emotional situation, he would have fouled out and he never would have gotten the chance to hit the second shot that won the game. About three minutes earlier, Chalian -- who led Sonora with 19 points -- made a four-point play that gave the Raiders a 51-45 lead. Sonora (23-4) plays at second-seeded Palm Springs (24-1) in the Tuesday quarterfinals.


2. We're probably going to have to call Villa Park and Victor Valley just about even. On Jan. 15, Victor Valley scored a 75-73 victory over the Spartans. In the second round of Division 2AA, Villa Park got its revenge with a 62-59 victory on the road. Josh Talbot, who scored two points in the first game, scored 29 in the rematch. His previous season-high had been 15 points in a 79-77 upset of Anaheim Canyon. Another big performance by Talbot wouldn't hurt in the quarterfinals as Villa Park (23-7) plays host to top-seeded Ventura (26-2).

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Inland Empire: Games of the week

October, 21, 2010
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The Baseline League has been a breeding ground for top quarterbacks lately.

Richard Brehaut of UCLA (Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos), Josh Nunes of Stanford (Upland), Angel Santiago of Army (Etiwanda) and Greg Watson of Fresno State (Rancho Cucamonga) have all recently flipped their tassels.

Upland and Etiwanda are continuing the tradition.

The Highlanders (4-2, 1-0 in league), who are hosting Etiwanda in a key Baseline League game Friday night at 7 p.m., is led by Josh’s brother, Justin Nunes, who committed to UC Davis last month.

Nunes broke out of three-game stretch without a touchdown pass last weekend, throwing four in a 56-16 victory against Mira Loma Alta Loma.

Etiwanda (3-3, 1-0) leans on the right arm of Larry Cutbirth, who is emerging as one of the top junior quarterbacks in the region. Cutbirth has thrown 17 touchdowns this season, which is tied for seventh in the Southern Section.

Three more to see:

Riverside King (4-2, 2-1 in the Big VIII League) at Norco (5-1, 2-1), Friday – The four teams locked in a second-place tie meet up this weekend and this one figures to be the best. King running back Todd Handley and Norco running back Kelsey Young are two of the top ball carriers in Southern California and both should be handed the rock frequently. ESPNLA.com’s pick: Norco 31, King 30.

Corona (4-2, 2-1 in the Big VIII) at Eastvale Roosevelt (5-1, 2-1), Friday – Eric Kyle is quietly averaging nearly 130 rushing yards a game for Corona. Roosevelt running back Joey Legere has scored 15 touchdowns, which leads the Inland Division, and quarterback Aaron Crone has completed 60% of his passes this season, with just two interceptions. ESPNLA.com’s pick: Roosevelt 24, Corona 13.

San Bernardino Cajon (4-2, 3-0 in the San Andreas League) at Colton (5-1, 3-0), Friday – These teams have combined to win the last five SAL titles and it appears this season will be no different. Cajon will rely on dual-threat quarterback Thomas Carter. He'll be up against one of the top defenses in the Southland, anchored by linebacker Rodney Hardrick and defensive back Devan Hussey. ESPNLA.com’s pick: Colton 30, Cajon 20.

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