Los Angeles Preps: Jeff Gonzalez

T. Oaks continues upset run in 2AA

February, 24, 2012

THOUSAND OAKS -- Who says the madness doesn’t start until March?

The Thousand Oaks boys' basketball team sent its fans into a frenzy Friday night in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs.

Thousand Oaks eliminated eighth-seeded Riverside Poly, 54-38, to reach the semifinals of the Division 2AA playoffs. The 15th-seeded Lancers knocked out top-seeded Ocean View on Tuesday.

When asked if he expected his team to make it this far in the playoffs, Thousand Oaks coach Richard Endres said, “No.”

“Primarily because we’re all juniors,” Endres said. “We struggled with some maturity issues. To be honest, I am surprised.”

All five starters from Thousand Oaks are juniors. Only one of them scored in double figures against Riverside Poly. Jacob Lachina led the Lancers with 11 points, all in the second half.

He sparked a third-quarter surge that saw Thousand Oaks turn a one-point, halftime deficit into a six-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

Lachina scored six points in the third quarter, but the second half didn’t start quite the way Endres wanted. Thousand Oaks committed three fouls in the first 45 seconds giving Endres cause for concern.

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I.E.: Boys' basketball playoff roundup

February, 18, 2012
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.

Big VIII, Mojave River, Mt. Baldy

January, 4, 2012

Where they stand: Each team played a league game in mid-December. They resume play tonight with the following schedule: J.W. North @ Corona Centennial; Corona Santiago @ Norco; Corona @ Riverside King; Roosevelt @ Riverside Poly.

Last year’s finish: Centennial (14-0); Roosevelt (12-2); Corona (8-6); J.W. North (7-7); Santiago (6-8); Poly (5-9); King (3-11); Norco (1-13).

Players to watch: Aaron Peck (J.W. North), 6-4, Sr., F; Dorian Butler (J.W. North), 6-5, Jr., F; Marcus Baugh (J.W. North), 6-5, Jr., F; Deshon Taylor (J.W. North), 6-0, So., G; Sam Finley (Centennial), 6-2, Jr., G; Sedrick Barefield (Centennial), 6-0, Fr., G; Dorion Barnett (Santiago), 6-3, Jr., F; Alex Blumenfeld (Santiago), 6-0, Sr., G; Marcos Hazelwood (Corona), 6-1, Sr., F; Jeremiah Abdelmeesh (Norco), 6-2, Sr., F; Kendall Brown (Roosevelt), 6-4, Sr., G; Jalen Young (Roosevelt), 6-5, Sr., G; Shawn Joseph (Roosevelt), 6-3, Sr., G; Noah Prouse (Poly), 6-6, Sr., F; Jeff Gonzalez (Poly), 6-6, Sr., F; Brandon Pippenger (King), 6-8, Sr., C; Nikko Turner (King), 5-8, Sr., G; Mark Wilson (King), 6-0, Sr., G.

Predicted order of finish: J.W. North, King, Poly, Centennial, Corona, Roosevelt, Santiago, Norco.


Where they stand: Already tightly bunched after a handful of MRL games in mid-December, league play resumes tonight with Oak Hills @ Hesperia and Apple Valley @ Sultana. Serrano plays Friday @ Hesperia.

Last year’s finish: Sultana (10-2); Oak Hills (9-3); Hesperia (5-7); Serrano (6-7); Apple Valley (1-11).

Players to watch Daaron Flagg (Sultana), 6-4, Sr., G; Robmar Porter (Sultana), 6-4, Sr., F; Brian Enriquez (Sultana), 6-2, So., G; Chrishtian Buttler (Sultana), 5-9, Sr., G, Denzel McCloney (Serrano), 6-0, Sr., G; Timmall Thomas (Serrano), 5-10, Jr., G; Daniel Davis (Oak Hills), 6-4, Sr., F; J.T. Roach (Apple Valley), 6-3, Jr., F.

Predicted order of finish: Sultana, Oak Hills, Serrano, Apple Valley, Hesperia.


Where they stand: Half the teams got a head start on league play before the holidays. They all play Friday night, with Don Lugo @ Colony, Chino @ Chaffey and Garey @ Montclair.

Last year’s finish: Colony (11-1); Montclair (10-2); Ontario (8-5); Don Lugo (7-5); Garey (4-8); Chino (1-11); Chaffey (1-11).

Players to watch: Miles Poullard (Colony), 6-2, Sr., G; Everett Turner (Colony), 6-0, Jr., G; Devyn Sampson (Montclair), 6-3, Sr., G; Bobby Talamantes (Montclair), 5-9, Sr., G; Jody Smith (Montclair), 6-1, Jr., G; Marciano Rogers (Ontario), 6-3, Sr., G; Devonte Turner (Ontario), 6-3, Sr., G; Eric Ortiz (Ontario), 6-1, Sr., G; Josh Thompson (Don Lugo), 6-4, Sr., G; Jon Garnica (Chino), 6-1, Sr., G.

Predicted order of finish: Colony, Montclair, Ontario, Don Lugo, Chino, Garey, Chaffey.

Up next: Baseline, Mountain Pass and Southwestern leagues.