Los Angeles Preps: Victor Valley boys basketball team

Inland Empire: Five things from the (long) weekend

January, 18, 2011
1. The Victorville Victor Valley boys’ basketball team came down the hill Saturday and took on host Villa Park in a nonleague game. The Jackrabbits came in favored but still pulled off a stunner, rallying from 13 points down with four minutes remaining to win, 75-73. Isaiah Kepley converted a three-point play with 34 seconds remaining to tie the score, 73-73. The Jackrabbits then forced a turnover and Zeke DeBlase scored a layup with 3.4 seconds left for the winning margin. Victor Valley (15-3) entered last week ranked No. 5 in Southern Section Division 2AA, Villa Park was No. 7.

2. The Etiwanda boys’ basketball team is still on track to better its 23-0 start from three years ago. The Eagles (18-0, 3-0) cleared a couple of major hurdles over the long weekend, defeating host Upland, 53-40, in a Baseline League game Friday night, then scoring with 9.9 seconds remaining Monday to defeat Ventura, 52-51, at the Martin Luther King Shootout at Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos. Etiwanda travels to Los Osos (12-5, 2-1) for a league game Friday, then plays Ontario Colony (10-7, 4-0 in the Mt. Baldy League) on Saturday at the Azusa Pacific Shootout.

3. Chino Hills had never lost to La Verne Damien until Friday night. However, the Huskies (15-4, 1-1) couldn’t control Damien in transition, in particular 6-foot-7 forward Chris Reyes, and lost the Sierra League game, 59-50, on their home floor. The victory ended a six -game winning streak against the Spartans (15-1, 2-0). Jon Richman scored 15 points to lead Chino Hills, which defeated Rancho Cucamonga at the Los Osos showcase and returns to action Wednesday against visiting West Covina South Hills.

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