Los Angeles Preps: Jordan McLaughlin

Parker-Cartwright powers Loyola victory

March, 10, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore sensation is not a term to be used loosely.

In the case of Parker Jackson-Cartwright from Los Angeles Loyola, the moniker is indeed fitting. Come to think of it, the same thing can be said about Etiwanda's Jordan McLaughlin.

The talented underclassmen went toe-to-toe Saturday night. In the end, however, Jackson-Cartwright got the better of the exchange by virtue of his Cubs defeating the McLaughlin-led Eagles, 48-35, in a Division I second-round game of the Southern California Regional playoffs.

“I can't imagine that there are two better sophomores in the state,'' Loyola coach Jamal Adams said. “We're talking about a pair of kids who are going to be high-major college-type of recruits when they're seniors. Both of them are getting a ton of looks already. I had a bunch of coaches and scouts call me this week about the game. Everyone wanted to see Parker and Jordan go at it.''

With the victory, Loyola (26-5) advances to the semifinals on Tuesday night against Santa Ana Mater Dei, a 78-66 winner over Mission Viejo on Saturday. The Monarchs, mind you, did not have standout guard Katin Reinhardt in the lineup. He has a hand injury and will be reevaluated this week.

Jackson-Cartwright was largely -- although not solely -- responsible for the Cubs success. He kept Loyola's stat guru, Andrew Figueras, busy throughout the game. The 5-foot-7 point guard scored a team-high 13 points. Jackson-Cartwright added six rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists.

His counterpart did not have his best game of the season. McLaughlin attempted to keep things close and finished with 10 points, three blocks and two rebounds. Problem was, the 6-foot floor general did not have much help. No other player scored in double digits for Etiwanda (30-3).

“At this stage, in the state tournament, in Division I, it's unique from a fan standpoint to see two players like Jordan and Parker play at such a high level because they are so young,'' Etwiwanda coach Dave Kleckner said. “This game was a preview of things to come for both players.''

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Etiwanda-Loyola: Battle of elite PGs

March, 9, 2012
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Loyola's Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Etiwanda's Jordan McLaughlin are, without question, two of the Southland's top basketball prospects. The point guards figure to draw quite an audience Saturday night when their schools meet in the second round of the Division I Southern California Regionals.

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The sophomores are quite familiar with each other. They matched up in summer-league games last year and even attended a high school football game together as friends.

They'll meet under different circumstances Saturday: A trip to the regional semifinals -- likely against top-seeded Mater Dei -- is up for grabs.

"I'll play my game, nothing is going to change," said Jackson-Cartwright, the top-ranked player in the state for the 2014 recruiting class who has scholarship offers from the likes of UCLA, USC, Arizona State and Washington. "He's a good player. I'll try to get into him and make it tough for him."

SoCal Regional boys' basketball roundup

March, 7, 2012
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The second-seeded Long Beach Poly boys' basketball team had to fight off a stiff test from No. 15 Capistrano Valley on Wednesday night in a Division 1 Southern California Regional first-round game before ultimately winning in overtime, 65-59.

The Jackrabbits finally took control by scoring the first six points of overtime while the Cougars were committing three turnovers. Capistrano Valley had led by as many as 13 points in the first half before Poly scored the final eight points of the second quarter to get back into the game.

The Jackrabbits will host seventh-seeded Orange Lutheran in Saturday’s second round. The Lancers knocked off Dorsey, 64-57.

In other Division 1 games:

Etiwanda 57, Vista 50 – Sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin scored 18 points as the fifth-seeded Eagles overcame a four-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter.

Mission Viejo 70, Torrey Pines 62 – The ninth-seeded Diablos surged to a 17-point lead after three quarters against No. 8 Torrey Pines.

Taft 84, Clovis West 54Anthony January, a 6-7 senior power forward for third-seeded Taft, scored 17 points as the Toreadors surged to a 26-12 lead after the opening quarter. Taft will host Fresno Bullard in Saturday’s second round.

Fresno Bullard 68, Westchester 53 – The sixth-seeded Knights got 32 points and 15 rebounds from senior shooting guard Aaric Armstead. Westchester trailed by just five points heading into the final quarter but were outscored, 21-9.

In Division 2:

El Camino Real 71, Colony 63 – The ninth-seeded Titans led by two heading into the fourth quarter but No. 8 El Camino Real outscored Colony, 15-7, over the next four minutes to take the lead for good.

Elsinore 56, Thousand Oaks 46 – The fourth-seeded Tigers cut the deficit to two points at the end of the third quarter on a four-point play by E.J. Twyman at the buzzer and then outscored the 13th-seeded Lancers, 20-8, in the final quarter. Elsinore moves on to host fifth-seeded Inglewood, a 65-52 winner against Garfield.

Tulare Union 72, Righetti 71 – In the biggest upset in the division, the 11th-seeded Redskins knocked off No. 6 Righetti and advanced to play third-seeded San Diego Lincoln, a 76-64 winner against visiting Sunny Hills.

Fresno San Joaquin Memorial 51, Royal 43 – The 10th-seeded Highlanders went on the road and couldn’t get past the seventh-seeded Panthers.

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L.B. Poly outlasts Etiwanda again

February, 28, 2012
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ANAHEIM -- Make it four straight playoff wins for Long Beach Poly over familiar foe Etiwanda.

Defending CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA boys' basketball champion Long Beach Poly advanced to the title game once again Tuesday night, earning a semifinal victory over third-seeded Etiwanda, 56-47, at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. After experiencing recent success against the Inland Empire power, Poly coach Sharrief Metoyer used a proven blueprint: Size.

"Another dogfight with Etiwanda," Metoyer said. "I think it was everything that everybody thought it would be. We played tough. Our goal was to dominate the paint."

The second-seeded Jackrabbits (27-1) did exactly that, holding a 43-23 rebounding edge behind the interior play of juniors Roschon Prince and Jordan Bell. Prince had 22 points and 10 boards; Bell had nine points, 12 boards and seven blocks.

Prince, coming off a career-high 40 points in the quarterfinals, was nearly uncontainable on drives to the basket and made 14 of 19 free throws, including 11 of 14 in the fourth quarter. Bell, meanwhile, made his presence felt on defense. His monstrous block on Jordan McLaughlin with just under two minutes left changed the momentum. Etiwanda could have pulled to within two but, instead, the Jackrabbits got two points at the other end and pulled away.

"It's a nice luxury when you've got a guy who can get off the floor and block shots," Metoyer said.

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Etiwanda grinds out win over Gahr

February, 21, 2012
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CERRITOS -- A 15-point halftime lead had been whittled to single digits early in the third quarter Tuesday night, and Etiwanda boys’ basketball coach Dave Kleckner didn’t waste any time yanking two starters from the game and giving both a sideline scolding for unacceptable play.

Kleckner then called timeout, brought his team into a tight huddle and shared his message with the rest of the Eagles. Either play his way or don’t play at all. They responded by holding off Gahr, 60-52, in the second round of the Division 1AA playoffs.

Despite the victory, Kleckner was still clinching his teeth several minutes after the game.

“That was kind of frustrating, to tell you the truth,” he said. “It all started unraveling in the second half there.”

Since Kleckner took over at Etiwanda in 1996-97, the Eagles have never been eliminated in the second round or earlier. Gahr, the defending Division 2A champion, was playing in a tougher division this season, but also featured a starting front line of 6-foot-7 senior forward John Benson, 6-6 junior forward Kyle Benton and 6-6 senior center Davion Thomas, as well as 6-4 shooting guard Brian Nebo.

Etiwanda doesn’t have a player in its rotation taller than 6-4.

Kleckner wanted his post defenders to front Gahr’s big men and provide help on the backside. That’s not what he saw to start the second half.

“First possession, they pound it right into the post and we’re sitting behind the guy,” Kleckner said.

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Etiwanda soars past Glendora

January, 10, 2012
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GLENDORA -- Jordan McLaughlin has grown a couple of inches since last year. His arms are more defined. He's not faster but, rather, quicker. He can dunk with two hands now.

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Blair Angulo/ESPN.comJordan McLaughlin has emerged as a top-flight PG and one of Cali's top recruits.
And the scary thing is, the sophomore figures to keep growing, keep adding muscle, keep sharpening his tools.

McLaughlin put on a versatile display Tuesday night, scoring a game-high 21 points in Etiwanda's 56-35 victory against Glendora in the Baseline League opener. He sank six 3-pointers, including three in a row that set the tone early. Later, the 5-foot-11 point guard put an exclamation point on it with a thunderous breakaway two-handed slam.

"Right now he's being overlooked," Etiwanda coach Dave Kleckner said. "People aren't aware of him, people don't know about him, but it's early. I'm sure once his name gets out there by the end of this year, I think people will be a lot more familiar with his name."

Etiwanda improved to 16-1, its only loss coming more than five weeks ago against highly regarded La Verne Lutheran. The Eagles used their suffocating defense to fluster Glendora (12-5), holding the home team to only five points in an ugly second quarter.

Glendora junior Nick Colletta, one of the region's top perimeter shooters, did not make a field goal, getting his five points at the charity stripe. Colletta missed seven weeks of full-contact play earlier this season, but longtime coach Mike Leduc didn't want to use that as an excuse.

"Tonight we didn't show up," Leduc said. "When that happens, we're going to have a tough time."

Sam Flemming added 11 points for the Eagles, who are favored to claim their sixth consecutive league title. Glendora gets another shot at the defending champs on Jan. 27 at Etiwanda.

McLaughlin opened the game by nailing three long-range jump shots. Brandon Townes and Dominique Walker also hit from behind the arc, forcing the Tartans to extend their zone scheme and freeing up the paint. From there, McLaughlin captained a deliberate tempo.

"He did have some minutes where he had to be the floor general as a freshman," Kleckner said. "I think it was great for his development. Now in his sophomore year he just looks so natural at that position."

McLaughlin also was a beneficiary of the NBA lockout when former Etiwanda and UCLA standout Darren Collison, now the starting point guard for the Indiana Pacers, used his old gym to work on his game. McLaughlin took some pointers on foot speed and refined his jumper.

"I've grown a lot," McLaughlin said with a smirk, "and I hope to grow more."

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.

Inland league boys' previews

January, 9, 2012
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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.: Five things from the weekend

January, 2, 2012
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1. The Etiwanda boys’ basketball team had a performance to remember Friday night in the championship game of the Holiday Hardwood Classic. Or maybe it was just a night to forget for tournament host Oaks Christian. The Lions shot just 5-for-46 from the field for a minuscule 10.1 percent success rate in the 60-28 loss in their own gym. They didn’t convert a field goal in the second half until just 30 seconds remained. On the other end of the floor, Etiwanda sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin was averaging a point a minute while on the floor, finishing with a team-high 24. Etiwanda (14-1) is next scheduled to play L.A. Crenshaw in a one-day showcase Saturday night at Eisenhower High.

2. Murrieta Valley senior sharp-shooter Reid Shackelford continues his amazing season. He set a school record with eight 3-point baskets in Friday’s championship game of the Mayor’s Division at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic. Shackelford finished with 31 points in the 80-55 victory against Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth. He’s averaging 19.1 points this season after averaging 3.6 as a junior. Darius Butler contributed 24 points for the Nighthawks and was named the tournament MVP. It was the third tournament title for Murrieta Valley (12-1), which is scheduled to host Redlands in a nonleague game Wednesday.

3. Elsinore is the only team to beat Murrieta Valley this season and the Tigers knocked off the area’s other top program Friday night, beating Vista Murrieta, 63-54, in the final of the Paloma Valley Winter Shootout. E.J. Twyman, perhaps the Inland Empire’s best player, scored 35 points and was part of a defensive effort that forced 19 turnovers. Twyman scored 17 consecutive points for Elsinore (12-2) to start the second half, helping the Tigers stretch a one-point lead to 14 entering the final quarter. Elsinore hosts L.A. Cathedral in a nonleague game Tuesday.

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Montclair defends title at Atascadero tournament

December, 30, 2011
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The Montclair boys' basketball team continued its record start to the season Thursday with a 60-57 victory in the championship game of the Atascadero tournament.

For the second consecutive season, the Cavaliers (13-0) beat the tournament hosts by three points in the final.

Atascadero guard Rob Berwick had a good look at the basket with about 10 seconds remaining, but his three-point attempt went off the rim, according to this report in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Montclair senior guard Devyn Sampson scored a season-high 24 points and contributed 13 rebounds en route to winning tournament MVP honors. Back-court mate Kevin Fregoso had 12 points and seven assists and was named to the all-tournament first team.

At the Holiday Hardwood Classic at Oaks Christian HS:

Behind a career-high 18 points from senior guard Dominique Walker, the Etiwanda boys’ basketball team advanced to tonight’s championship game in Westlake Village.

The Eagles (13-1) will meet tournament host Oaks Christian at 8:30 p.m.

Etiwanda took a 14-7 lead after the opening quarter against Santa Monica in the semifinals, stretched it to 11 by the end of three and ultimately advanced with a 56-52 victory. Etiwanda sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin contributed 12 points, only the third time this season has hasn’t led the team in scoring.

Oaks Christian (10-2) is led by senior point guard Chass Bryan (16.3 ppg) and junior guard Jackson Miller (11.7), setting the stage for what should be an interesting back-court matchup.

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J.W. North-Damien: Battle of bigs?

December, 29, 2011
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An intriguing matchup is brewing tonight in the championship game of the Covina Christmas Classic boys’ basketball tournament.

J.W. North is set to take on Damien at 8:30 p.m. at Covina High and there will be no shortage of tall talent.

North’s front court is anchored by senior Aaron Peck (6-4) and juniors Dorian Butler (6-5), Marcus Baugh (6-5) and Adrian Hughes (6-8), with sophomore point guard Deshon Taylor (6-0) running the show.

Damien (12-1) is led by 6-7 senior forward Chris Reyes, who signed with Saint Mary’s in October after also taking recruiting trips to Gonzaga, UC Santa Barbara and Boston College.

Reyes is averaging 19 points and 12.1 rebounds for the Spartans, ranked No. 1 in the Southern Section Division 3AA preseason coaches’ poll. He had 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 59-39 semifinal victory Wednesday against Northview.

North (10-2) advanced to the championship game with a 69-53 victory against tournament-host Covina. The Huskies trailed by three early in the second half and didn’t put the game away until a 10-4 run to start the fourth quarter. Butler scored 18 points and Peck had 12 for the Huskies.

North was ranked No. 7 in the Southern Section Division 2AA preseason poll.

A number of other Inland Empire teams are making deep runs in various holiday tournaments.

Etiwanda reached the semifinals of the Holiday Hardwood Classic at Oaks Christian in Westlake Village. The Eagles will meet Santa Monica tonight at 7 p.m., with the winner playing either Oaks Christian or Cleveland in Friday night's final.

Etiwanda (12-1) beat Eisenhower for the second time in a week in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, 57-48. Sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin led the way with 21 points.

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McLaughlin takes over at Etiwanda

December, 28, 2011
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Etiwanda sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin continues to play like the school’s next gem, scoring 14 points in a 60-51 victory Tuesday against Morningside in an opening-round game at the Holiday Hardwood Classic at Oaks Christian High School.

McLaughlin has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 games this season, leading the Eagles in scoring in all but two. By the time he's finished at Etiwanda, he might surpass the achievements of Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison, who was ranked as the second-best point guard in the West during his senior year at Etiwanda in 2004-05.

The Eagles (11-1) will play Eisenhower, another traditionally strong Inland Empire team, in today’s quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Etiwanda beat Ike, 77-56, in a nonleague game Dec. 21.

Upland (9-2) also reached the winner’s bracket quarterfinals with a 52-49 victory against Inglewood and will play Cleveland tonight at 7.

Down south at the Holiday Classic, Chino Hills beat Villa Park, 68-65, in Tuesday’s opener in the American Division, earning a date with tournament co-host La Costa Canyon in the featured quarterfinal tonight at 8:35 p.m.

Roosevelt was the other local winner in that division, toppling Douglas, (Nev.), 58-55. The Mustangs are scheduled to meet Santa Maria Righetti at 5:25 p.m. in the La Costa Canyon gym.

Over in the Mayor’s Division, Murrieta Valley and Chaparral each won their openers on Tuesday. Chaparral plays Santa Margarita at 2:15 p.m. today at Rancho Bernardo High. Murrieta Valley plays Bingham (Utah) at 5:25.

Other updates from around the region:

*J.W. North beat Bishop Amat, 54-36, in the opener of the Covina Christmas Classic. The Huskies are scheduled to play tournament host Covina tonight at 8:30 p.m.

*Riverside King had no problem winning its opener in the Classic Division at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in the Palm Springs area. The Wolves took a 59-13 halftime lead against Canoga Park on their way to a 91-31 victory. King plays its next pool-play game today at 5:30 p.m. against Las Vegas (Nev.) Silverado at Palm Valley High School.

*Montclair improved to 11-0 with a 71-55 victory Tuesday against Paso Robles in the opening round of the Atascadero tournament. The Cavaliers will meet Templeton out of the Central Section today at 5:45 p.m.

*Cajon and Summit were also among the winners during Tuesday's opening round at the San Bernardino Kiwanis tournament.

I.E.: Boys' basketball Top 10

December, 6, 2011
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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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Inland Empire: Winners and losers from Thursday's SoCal Regionals

March, 11, 2011
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Looking back, even the losses don’t seem so bad anymore.

The Fontana Summit boys’ basketball team never quite received the respect it deserved this season, mainly due to its lukewarm 10-6 start to the season.

The SkyHawks were seeded No. 6 in the Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs and marched into the semifinals. They were awarded an at-large berth into the Southern California Regional Division 2 playoffs and were seeded 10th.

After winning its opener in overtime, Summit scored its biggest upset of the season Thursday night, traveling to second-seeded Ventura and dominating from start to finish in the 66-45 victory. Ventura won the Division 2AA title last weekend.

Summit will meet Palos Verdes Peninsula in Saturday’s semifinals. Thanks to a couple of other upsets on the same side of the bracket, the SkyHawks are seeded higher than the Panthers, giving them home-court advantage. After traveling to Harbor City for their first-round game Tuesday, then to Ventura less than 48 hours later, the SkyHawks should appreciate the opportunity to play in their own gym.

Summit hasn’t lost at home this season. All of their defeats occurred during pre-league tournaments and showcases. Two defeats came against Etiwanda, a Southern Section Division 1AA semifinalist, another to Division 1AA finalist Corona Centennial and one to San Diego Section Division I champion Carlsbad La Costa Canyon.

Eagles can’t get past Jackrabbits...again

Etiwanda coach Dave Kleckner will spend another offseason seeing everything in green and gold, but it won’t be the good kind.

Those are the school colors of Long Beach Poly, which ended the Eagles' season for the second consecutive year with a 66-63 victory Thursday night in a Division 1 regional quarterfinal at Long Beach City College.

During the last two postseasons, Etiwanda has played the Jackrabbits four times and lost three. The Eagles made a valiant comeback from 14 points down at the start of the fourth quarter and had a chance to tie on Jordan Daniels' last-second 3-point attempt.

Byron Wesley scored 18 points in his last game for Etiwanda before heading off to USC. Tyler LaCour pitched in 17.

Long Beach Poly moves on to play Mater Dei on Saturday at Long Beach City College beginning at 7 p.m. In the other Division 1 semifinal, second-seeded Corona Centennial will host third-seeded Woodland Hills Taft at 5 p.m. at Eastvale Roosevelt High.

For the Eagles, it’s back to the drawing board. They graduate their top five scorers in Wesley, Daniels, LaCour, Troy Fiawoo and Evan Jenkins. Look for them to rebuild around their next star, freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin.

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