Los Angeles Preps: Paris Jones

I.E.: Five things from the weekend

January, 2, 2012
1. The Etiwanda boys’ basketball team had a performance to remember Friday night in the championship game of the Holiday Hardwood Classic. Or maybe it was just a night to forget for tournament host Oaks Christian. The Lions shot just 5-for-46 from the field for a minuscule 10.1 percent success rate in the 60-28 loss in their own gym. They didn’t convert a field goal in the second half until just 30 seconds remained. On the other end of the floor, Etiwanda sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin was averaging a point a minute while on the floor, finishing with a team-high 24. Etiwanda (14-1) is next scheduled to play L.A. Crenshaw in a one-day showcase Saturday night at Eisenhower High.

2. Murrieta Valley senior sharp-shooter Reid Shackelford continues his amazing season. He set a school record with eight 3-point baskets in Friday’s championship game of the Mayor’s Division at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic. Shackelford finished with 31 points in the 80-55 victory against Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth. He’s averaging 19.1 points this season after averaging 3.6 as a junior. Darius Butler contributed 24 points for the Nighthawks and was named the tournament MVP. It was the third tournament title for Murrieta Valley (12-1), which is scheduled to host Redlands in a nonleague game Wednesday.

3. Elsinore is the only team to beat Murrieta Valley this season and the Tigers knocked off the area’s other top program Friday night, beating Vista Murrieta, 63-54, in the final of the Paloma Valley Winter Shootout. E.J. Twyman, perhaps the Inland Empire’s best player, scored 35 points and was part of a defensive effort that forced 19 turnovers. Twyman scored 17 consecutive points for Elsinore (12-2) to start the second half, helping the Tigers stretch a one-point lead to 14 entering the final quarter. Elsinore hosts L.A. Cathedral in a nonleague game Tuesday.

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