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Inland Empire: Winners and losers from Thursday's SoCal Regionals

March, 11, 2011
Looking back, even the losses don’t seem so bad anymore.

The Fontana Summit boys’ basketball team never quite received the respect it deserved this season, mainly due to its lukewarm 10-6 start to the season.

The SkyHawks were seeded No. 6 in the Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs and marched into the semifinals. They were awarded an at-large berth into the Southern California Regional Division 2 playoffs and were seeded 10th.

After winning its opener in overtime, Summit scored its biggest upset of the season Thursday night, traveling to second-seeded Ventura and dominating from start to finish in the 66-45 victory. Ventura won the Division 2AA title last weekend.

Summit will meet Palos Verdes Peninsula in Saturday’s semifinals. Thanks to a couple of other upsets on the same side of the bracket, the SkyHawks are seeded higher than the Panthers, giving them home-court advantage. After traveling to Harbor City for their first-round game Tuesday, then to Ventura less than 48 hours later, the SkyHawks should appreciate the opportunity to play in their own gym.

Summit hasn’t lost at home this season. All of their defeats occurred during pre-league tournaments and showcases. Two defeats came against Etiwanda, a Southern Section Division 1AA semifinalist, another to Division 1AA finalist Corona Centennial and one to San Diego Section Division I champion Carlsbad La Costa Canyon.

Eagles can’t get past Jackrabbits...again

Etiwanda coach Dave Kleckner will spend another offseason seeing everything in green and gold, but it won’t be the good kind.

Those are the school colors of Long Beach Poly, which ended the Eagles' season for the second consecutive year with a 66-63 victory Thursday night in a Division 1 regional quarterfinal at Long Beach City College.

During the last two postseasons, Etiwanda has played the Jackrabbits four times and lost three. The Eagles made a valiant comeback from 14 points down at the start of the fourth quarter and had a chance to tie on Jordan Daniels' last-second 3-point attempt.

Byron Wesley scored 18 points in his last game for Etiwanda before heading off to USC. Tyler LaCour pitched in 17.

Long Beach Poly moves on to play Mater Dei on Saturday at Long Beach City College beginning at 7 p.m. In the other Division 1 semifinal, second-seeded Corona Centennial will host third-seeded Woodland Hills Taft at 5 p.m. at Eastvale Roosevelt High.

For the Eagles, it’s back to the drawing board. They graduate their top five scorers in Wesley, Daniels, LaCour, Troy Fiawoo and Evan Jenkins. Look for them to rebuild around their next star, freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin.

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Alexis Moore had a feeling this would happen, so he didn't boast when Long Beach Poly eliminated Etiwanda from the CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA boys' basketball playoffs last week.

It's a good thing he didn't say much -- top-seeded Poly (30-1) and Etiwanda (29-3) meet again Thursday at Long Beach City College, with a spot in the third round of the CIF State Division 1 playoffs up for grabs. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

There's a complicated dynamic to this rivalry.

Moore will play alongside Etiwanda star Byron Wesley at USC next season. Poly's top prospect, forward Ryan Anderson, will team up with Etiwanda's point guard, Jordan Daniels, at Boston College.

The future teammates figure to put their friendships on hold for one night.

If Poly beats Etiwanda for the second time in two weeks, Moore and Anderson will be doing the talking on their campuses this fall. If No. 9-seeded Etiwanda pulls off the upset, Wesley and Daniels will have the last laugh.

Five things to watch:

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Inland Empire: Etiwanda to face Loyola in tournament final

December, 30, 2010
The Etiwanda boys’ basketball team will try for its 14th consecutive victory to start the season Thursday night when it plays Los Angeles Loyola in the championship game of the Westlake Village Oaks Christian tournament.

The Eagles knocked off Sacramento, 68-54, in a semifinal Wednesday night. USC-bound forward Byron Wesley scored 17 points and Brandon Townes (11), Jordan Daniels (11) and Troy Fiawoo(10) also scored in double figures for Etiwanda.

Loyola is led by 6-5 junior small forward Julian Harrell and 6-5 senior wing Joe Stein.

Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Over at the Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines High, Corona Centennial will play in Thursday’s fifth-place game in the featured National Division after upsetting Woodland Hills Taft, 61-58, on Wednesday. Taft began the tournament ranked second in the state and 21st in the nation by ESPN RISE.

Centennial will take on another City Section power, Westchester, at 3:30 p.m.

In the Senator’s Division, Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos reached the championship game with a 68-59 victory Wednesday against Lakewood Mayfair. The Grizzlies will meet El Cerrito in Thursday’s final at 8:15 p.m. at San Diego Cathedral Catholic High.