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Inland Empire: Eisenhower 96, Redlands East Valley 78

January, 14, 2011

REDLANDS — Keyon Sayles picked a good time to have the best game of his high school basketball career.

Sayles, a 6-foot-3 senior guard for Rialto Eisenhower, made seven three-point baskets and scored a career-high 37 points Friday night, leading the Eagles to a 96-78 victory against host Redlands East Valley in a key Citrus Belt League game.

“That was by far his best game of the year,” said Eisenhower coach Steve Johnson. “He shot the ball really well. When he gets on a streak he can put it down. He can play with anybody.”

Eisenhower improved to 10-6 overall, including 2-0 in league play. The Wildcats fell to 14-4, 1-1.

Sayles, a second-team all-Citrus Belt League selection last season, was overshadowed a year ago by teammates Alex Varner, the CBL most valuable player, and first-teamers Bryan Bock, Kirby Gardner and Bernard Ireland.

The Eagles went 29-6 last season and beat Pasadena for the Southern Section Division 2A title.

“He has been our team for three years, but he’s never been the go-to guy,” Johnson said of Sayles. “He has had some 20-point games but never where we run some [offense] through him.”

Sayles made two three-pointers in the opening quarter as Eisenhower surged to a 30-19 lead. The Eagles extended their lead to 15 at the half and maintained a 17-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Marvelle Harris contributed 27 points and Toriano Harris had 15 for Eisenhower, the four-time defending league champions.

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