Los Angeles Preps: San Bernardino Kiwanis tournament

Montclair defends title at Atascadero tournament

December, 30, 2011
The Montclair boys' basketball team continued its record start to the season Thursday with a 60-57 victory in the championship game of the Atascadero tournament.

For the second consecutive season, the Cavaliers (13-0) beat the tournament hosts by three points in the final.

Atascadero guard Rob Berwick had a good look at the basket with about 10 seconds remaining, but his three-point attempt went off the rim, according to this report in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Montclair senior guard Devyn Sampson scored a season-high 24 points and contributed 13 rebounds en route to winning tournament MVP honors. Back-court mate Kevin Fregoso had 12 points and seven assists and was named to the all-tournament first team.

At the Holiday Hardwood Classic at Oaks Christian HS:

Behind a career-high 18 points from senior guard Dominique Walker, the Etiwanda boys’ basketball team advanced to tonight’s championship game in Westlake Village.

The Eagles (13-1) will meet tournament host Oaks Christian at 8:30 p.m.

Etiwanda took a 14-7 lead after the opening quarter against Santa Monica in the semifinals, stretched it to 11 by the end of three and ultimately advanced with a 56-52 victory. Etiwanda sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin contributed 12 points, only the third time this season has hasn’t led the team in scoring.

Oaks Christian (10-2) is led by senior point guard Chass Bryan (16.3 ppg) and junior guard Jackson Miller (11.7), setting the stage for what should be an interesting back-court matchup.

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I.E.: Here's your tournament guide for the week

December, 26, 2011
ESPNLA will be updating its preseason boys' basketball rankings after the holidays. Until then, here's a rundown of where you can find the region's top teams this week.

*Etiwanda opens Tuesday against Morningside at the Holiday Hardwood Tournament at Oaks Christian High School. The Eagles (10-1) are coming off victories against Summit and Chino Hills en route to winning the Inland Empire Classic, as well as a nonleague win against Eisenhower. The 16-team HHT field includes a few other top Inland Empire teams. Eisenhower opens against Rancho Verde, Sacramento plays Corona Centennial, Upland plays Inglewood and Colony takes on Cleveland. Hit the above link for the full schedule.

*The Holiday Classic hosted by Torrey Pines is one of the top tournaments in the nation this time of year. Though no I.E. teams are entered in the premier National Division bracket, several are entered in other divisions. In the American Division at La Costa Canyon High School, Chino Hills (5-2) opens Tuesday at 10 a.m. against Villa Park, Palm Springs plays Santa Maria Righetti at 4:20 p.m., and Roosevelt plays Douglas (Nev.) at 9:05 p.m. Here's the day-to-day schedule for that division. Over in the Mayor's Division at Rancho Bernardo High, Murrieta Valley (8-1) opens Tuesday at 3:50 p.m. against Flintridge Prep. Chaparral is scheduled to play Cienega (Ariz.) at 8:35 p.m.

*Out in the desert, a number of I.E. teams are entered in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic, which features 56 teams competing in seven divisions. Riverside King and Rancho Cucamonga are scheduled to compete in the eight-team Classic Division, the semi-main event behind the Invitational Division. King (7-2) opens Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. against Canoga Park at Cathedral City High School. Rancho Cucamonga (8-3) plays that night at 7 against Simi Valley at Palm Valley High School. Here's a link to the full program.

*J.W. North opens play Monday at 4 p.m. against Charter Oak in the Covina Christmas Tournament. The Huskies (7-2) are the top-seeded team in the 16-team draw. Here's a link to the brackets, courtesy of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

*Montclair, which has opened the season 10-0, heads north to compete in the Atascadero Tournament. The Cavaliers open Tuesday against Paso Robles at 5:45 p.m.

*Elsinore, Vista Murrieta and several other I.E. teams are entered in the Paloma Valley Winter Shootout beginning Tuesday. Here's a link to that pool-play schedule.

*Over in the adjoining county, Cajon and Summit highlight the field at the 54th San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament at Arroyo Valley High. That tournament also begins Tuesday. Here's a link to the opening-day schedule, courtesy of the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Check back during the week for updates from the tournaments.