Los Angeles Preps: Marvelle Harris

L.B. Poly takes down Eisenhower

February, 24, 2012

LONG BEACH -- Roschon Prince had heard enough about the other guy. That was all the motivation he needed to produce the best playoff scoring effort in the history of the Long Beach Poly boys’ basketball program.

The 6-foot-6 junior forward scored a career-high 40 points Friday night and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the Jackrabbits to a 77-67 victory against visiting Eisenhower in a Southern Section Division 1AA quarterfinal.

Considering the Jackrabbits won their first section title in 1919, the list of prime playoff performances is long and decorated. Prince left no doubt he belongs at the top.

“I just wanted to show them, if I was the most dominant player on probably the most dominant team, that I was going to win,” he said.

The second-seeded Jackrabbits advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals, where they will host third-seeded Etiwanda in a matchup that has become routine this time of year. The Jackrabbits beat Etiwanda in the Division 1AA semifinals last season and again in the SoCal Regional playoffs. Etiwanda beat Poly the year before in a semifinal before losing to Poly in the regionals.

“We’re ready for Etiwanda,” Prince said. “We’ve played them for two years so far, so it’s nothing new.”

Before he could begin plotting against Etiwanda, the object of Prince’s motivation was Eisenhower 6-3 guard Marvelle Harris, one of the nation’s top unsigned seniors who came in averaging 24.7 points. Harris, who gave a verbal commitment to Fresno State a day earlier, finished with 29.

On most nights, that would have been enough to be the star of the game, but not this night. The Jackrabbits devoted more manpower to stopping Harris as the game wore on and his shooting percentage steadily declined.

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I.E.: Boys' basketball playoffs

February, 22, 2012
Another solid night for Inland Empire boys’ basketball teams in the Southern Section playoffs. Here’s a quick rundown of a few highlights:

*Upland, seeded No. 12 in Division 1AA, is the lowest-seeded team to slip through to the final eight, joining No. 3 Etiwanda and No. 7 Eisenhower from the I.E.

*Vista Murrieta and Corona, seeded 10th and 11th in Division 1A, also made it through to the final eight as the lowest remaining seeds in that bracket.

*In Division 2AA, a couple big-time upsets have left No. 8 Riverside Poly and No. 12 Cajon as the highest-seeded teams remaining in the top half of that bracket. One of these teams has a good chance to make the final as a longshot coming into the playoffs.

*Palm Desert, seeded fourth in Division 3AAA, is in a similar position after Arroyo Grande knocked off top-seeded Damien in a quarterfinal, and the Aztecs then benefited from a key coin flip that will allow them to host a semifinal Friday night.

Here’s a closer look the award winners from Tuesday night.

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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.

Boys' hoops: Fairfax 73, Eisenhower 67

February, 4, 2012
SANTA ANA -- The post-halftime woes that have plagued Fairfax disappeared Saturday and the Lions held on for a 73-67 victory against a hot Rialto Eisenhower team in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei.

Fairfax was strong in the third quarter, thanks to senior guard Brendyn Taylor's ability to get to the free-throw line. He scored 14 of his team-high 22 points -- including 10-for-10 on free throws -- in the second half to lead the Lions (17-9). Taylor had help from point guard Landon Drew, who scored 13 of his 17 after the break. Fairfax had lost two of three, including last week to Gardena Serra in an all-day showcase event inside its own gym.

Marvelle Harris had 25 points and Terrance Sims had 23 for Eisenhower (16-7). The Citrus Belt League-leading Eagles failed to extend their 11-game winning streak.

I.E.: 5 things from last week

January, 23, 2012
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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Citrus Belt, Sierra and Sunkist previews

January, 10, 2012

League openers: Wednesday night – Fontana @ Redlands; Yucaipa @ Eisenhower; A.B. Miller @ Redlands East Valley.

Last year’s finish: Eisenhower (10-0); Redlands East Valley (8-2), Redlands (6-4); Yucaipa (4-6); A.B. Miller (2-8); Fontana (0-10).

Players to watch: Marvelle Harris (Eisenhower), 6-3, Sr. G; Terrance Sims (Eisenhower), 5-10, Sr., G; Toriano Harris (Eisenhower), 6-1, Sr., G; Evan Pea’Ches (Redlands), 6-7, Sr., F; Jamal Ellis (Redlands East Valley), 5-11, Sr., G; Daylin Billingsley (Yucaipa), 6-6, Sr., F; Adam Stanford (A.B. Miller), 6-3, Jr., F.

Predicted order of finish: Eisenhower, Redlands, Redlands East Valley, Yucaipa, Fontana, A.B. Miller.


League openers: Wednesday night – Ayala @ Chino Hills; Damien @ Claremont; Charter Oak @ South Hills.

Last year’s finish: Damien (9-1); Chino Hills (7-3); Ayala (7-3); Claremont (5-5); South Hills (1-9); Charter Oak (1-9).

Players to watch: Chris Reyes (Damien), 6-7, Sr., F; Clayton White (Damien), 6-0, Sr., G; Jared Dizon (Damien), 6-3, Jr., G; Josh Ramirez (Ayala), 6-4, Sr., G; Jared Ponce (Ayala), 6-2, Sr., G; Matt Ponce (Ayala), 5-10, Sr., G; Tyler Ponce (Ayala), 6-2, Sr., G; Mike Navar (Chino Hills), 6-7, Sr., C; Deion Page (Chino Hills), 6-1, Sr., G; Deandre Page (Chino Hills), 6-1, Sr., G; Bishop Mency (Chino Hills), 6-4, So., F; Kyle Maloof (Claremont), 6-1, Sr., G; Korey Serna (South Hills), 6-9, Sr., C; Kody Brown (Charter Oak), 6-7, Sr., F.

Predicted order of finish: Damien, Chino Hills, Ayala, Claremont, South Hills, Charter Oak.


League openers: Wednesday night – Jurupa Valley @ Summit, Patriot @ Bloomington; Norte Vista @ Kaiser.

Last year’s finish: Summit (10-0); Patriot (8-2); Jurupa Valley (5-5); Bloomington (3-7); Kaiser (2-8); Norte Vista (0-10).

Players to watch: Devon Alexander (Summit), 6-1, Sr., G; Darrick Arnold (Summit), 6-3, Sr., F; Isaiah Taylor (Summit), 6-1, Sr., G; Thomas Folsom (Patriot), 6-10, Sr., C; Stephon Bryant (Jurupa Valley), 6-2, Jr., F; Sam Parks (Jurupa Valley), 6-1, So., F; Steven Avila (Jurupa Valley), 5-10, Jr., G; John Moss (Bloomington), 5-10, Sr., G

Predicted order of finish: Summit, Jurupa Valley, Kaiser, Patriot, Bloomington, Norte Vista.


Baseline, Mountain Pass, Southwestern and Sunbelt leagues

Big VIII, Mojave River and Mt. Baldy leagues

Desert Valley, Inland Valley and San Andreas leagues

Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend

February, 7, 2011
1. They’ll probably be talking about Richard Ewing’s shot for years to come at Twentynine Palms. The Wildcats trailed by a point with 1.1 seconds remaining Friday night and Big Bear guard Owen David was at the free-throw line. He made the first and then intentionally missed the second but ended up missing the rim too, giving Twentynine Palms a chance to inbound the ball. Sean Lopez threw an overhand pass to Ewing at mid-court, who turned and threw the ball through the net to give the Wildcats a 46-45 victory and at least a share of the De Anza League title.

2. Upland was facing a must-win Friday at Etiwanda and the Highlanders came through with a 69-65 victory in a Baseline League game. John Gilliam and Myles Pearson scored 20 points each for Upland, which committed just two turnovers while forcing 13. The Highlanders remain in fourth place in league, but can get back in the top three by winning their final two games. Etiwanda, meanwhile, can clinch the league title outright by winning one of its final two games.

3. Rialto Eisenhower coach Steve Johnson must like the direction his team is headed after the Eagles knocked off Los Angeles Fairfax, 53-39, on Saturday at the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei. Eisenhower lost to Fairfax by 22 points back in December. Marvelle Harris scored 22 points and Keyon Sayles had 15 for the Eagles, who held the Lions to 30.7% shooting.

4. E.J. Twyman scored 30 points Thursday night to lead Elsinore to a 58-54 victory against Perris, clinching the Sunbelt League title for the second consecutive season. Perris managed to cut the deficit to one point with about a minute remaining and had the ball but Devon Ware’s layup rolled out and Twyman calmly sank four free throws down the stretch to end the rally. The Tigers also forced 25 turnovers.

5. Corona Santiago sophomore girls’ basketball player Chrishae Rowe scored a season-high 32 points Thursday to lead the Sharks to a 73-53 victory against Corona Centennial in a Big VIII League game. Rowe also had 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals in leading Santiago to its 13th consecutive victory against the Huskies. If the Sharks can beat Riverside North and Riverside Poly this week, they’ll finish unbeaten in league play for the fourth consecutive season.