Los Angeles Preps: Mike Leduc

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.

Jordan McLaughlin
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.

Damien, Northview tourney final

December, 16, 2011
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GLENDORA -- The final for the Pride of the Foothills Classic boys basketball tournament is set.

La Verne Damien and Northview will square off in Saturday night's title game at Glendora High School. Damien (8-1) came back to beat Chino Don Lugo, 85-80, Friday night behind 25 points and 11 rebounds from St. Mary's-bound forward Chris Reyes. Northview (10-1) upset tournament host Glendora (8-2), 55-42, which was without junior standout Nick Colletta (back injury). Tartans coach Mike Leduc said he hopes to have Colletta, who averaged 24 points per game last season, back in the starting lineup by the end of the month.

Don Lugo, with only four bench players, got tired and blew a 12-point lead. Damien erased a late 10-point deficit, going on a 26-11 run in the final six minutes to close it out.

"Offensively, we valued every possession," Damien coach Matt Dunn said. "We persevered."

The championship game will tip off Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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