Los Angeles Preps: Nate Wright

I.E.: 5 things from last week

January, 16, 2012
1. Palm Desert hadn’t defeated Palm Springs in nearly three seasons heading into Wednesday’s game. None of the Desert Valley League teams had. But the Aztecs put the 25-game winning streak to rest with a 57-52 victory inside the Palm Spring gym. Robert Romero scored 23 points and Jonathan Serven had 22. Romero made two free throws with four seconds remaining to stretch the lead to five points. The rematch is Jan. 31 at Palm Desert.

2. Alta Loma rallied from a seven-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter Friday against Los Osos in a Baseline League game, taking a one-point lead on a three-point basket by Isaiah Moreland with 5.8 seconds remaining. Los Osos had a chance to win in regulation, but missed two of three free-throw attempts and the game stretched into overtime. Alta Loma then outscored the Grizzlies, 10-2, to escape with a 72-64 victory.

3. After failing to win a game last season in its first run in the Southwestern League, Murrieta Mesa is off to a 2-0 start after defeating Great Oak and Chaparral last week. Nate Wright, a 6-foot-5 senior power forward for Murrieta Mesa, made eight baskets and scored 17 points in each victory. The Rams (14-5) will get their stiffest test of the season Tuesday, when they travel to Murrieta Valley (16-1) in a meeting of the league’s last unbeaten teams.

4. Cajon grabbed sole possession of first place in the San Andreas League with a 62-57 victory Thursday against visiting Arroyo Valley. Stephen Marshall made seven three-point shots and scored 31 points for the Cowboys. He scored 16 of their 17 points in the third quarter. Cajon is looking to reclaim the league title from San Bernardino. The Cowboys went 10-0 in league play in 2009 and ’10.

5. Dominique Underwood of the Redlands girls’ basketball team set a school record with nine three-point baskets in a 74-36 victory Wednesday against Fontana. Underwood, a 5-6 junior guard, scored a career-best 29 points in the victory.

Inland league boys' previews

January, 9, 2012

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.


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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