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.
4. The Sierra League has its share of talented forwards this season and two of them squared off last week when Chino Hills traveled to Damien. Chris Reyes, a 6-7 senior for Damien, won the match up against 6-7 senior Michael Navar of Chino Hills, just barely. Reyes, who signed with St. Mary’s last fall, finished with 24 points, including 12 straight in the fourth quarter, to lead the Spartans to a 63-55 victory and sole possession of first place in the Sierra League. Navar scored 15 points, including a three-point basket with 6:20 remaining that briefly gave the Huskies a one-point lead. He left shortly afterward after receiving a fourth foul, however, and the momentum swung back to Damien.
5. Anthony Rounds would probably like to see West Valley on the schedule every night. The 6-7 senior forward for Citrus Hill scored 30 points Thursday night in a 74-57 victory against West Valley, moving the Hawks into sole possession of first place in the Mountain Pass League. Rounds shot 14-for-24 from the field during the game. Last season, he scored a career-high 44 points against West Valley, shooting 19-for-26 from the floor.