Inland Area Prep Basketball Top 10

FINAL 2011-’12

1. Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda (29-2) — The winning streak was stopped at in Inland Area season-high 26 games in a nine-point loss to Long Beach Poly in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA semifinals. Sophomore SG Jordan McLaughlin (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) led the team with 17.9 points playing in 30 of 31 games this season.
LAST RANKED: No. 1.
LAST GAME: lost, 56-47, to Long Beach Poly in a CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA Semifinal Round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
NEXT TIPOFF: To Be Determined.

2. La Verne Lutheran (24-7) — The Trojans ran out of steam, and ran up against a steam roller in Serra, an almost certain CIF-State title contender. Senior C Grant Jerrett (6-foot-10, 230 pounds), committed to Univ. of Arizona, led coach Eric Cooper’s team with 22.3 points and 10.2 rebounds in 24 games.
LAST RANKED: No. 3.
LAST GAME: lost, 69-59, to Gardena Serra in in the CIF-SS Division 4AA Championship Game on Thursday, March 1.
NEXT TIPOFF: To Be Determined.

3. Elsinore (27-4) — The Tigers were oh-so-close to playing in their first-ever CIF-Southern Section title game, but it wasn’t to be as the Inland Area’s best guard duo — PG E.J. Twyman (6-foot-1, 175) and SG Lawrence Chamberlain (6-3, 170) — finish their senior seasons having won 24 of their last 26 games.
LAST RANKED: No. 5.
LAST GAME: lost, 59-50, to Lakewood Mayfair in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2A Semifinal Round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
NEXT TIPOFF: To Be Determined.

4. Murrieta Valley (25-3) — The Nighthawks played above their weight all season when, in fact, they were so clearly a quarterfinal team. And in have held both of its postseason opponents to less than 40 points en route to the quarterfinals. Senior SF Darius Butler (6-foot-3, 25- pounds) averaged a team-high 19.7 points, and grabbed 7.5 rebounds per game.
LAST RANKED: No. 2.
LAST GAME: lost, 70-61, to Santa Maria Righetti in a CIF-SS Division 2A Quarterfinal Round playoff game on Friday, Feb. 24.
NEXT TIPOFF: Season complete.

5. Rialto Eisenhower (20-8) — The Eagles’ defense, which had allowed just 79 points in their first two playoff games, allowed 77 in losing in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA quarterfinals. Senior SG Marvelle Harris (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) averaged a team-leading 24.7 points per game this season.
LAST RANKED: No. 4.
LAST GAME: lost, 77-67, to Long Beach Poly in a CIF-SS Division 1AA Quarterfinal Round playoff game on Friday, Feb. 24.
NEXT TIPOFF: Season complete.

6. Riverside North (23-6) — The Huskies’ season ended in heart-breaking fashion, by two points on the road at Sunny Hills in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA quarterfinals. Senior two-way star Aaron Peck scored a team-high 15.2 points while playing in every game this season for Coach Mike Bartee. playoff opponents by an average of 22 points.
LAST RANKED: No. 6.
LAST GAME: lost, 77-75, to Fullerton Sunny Hills in a CIF-SS Division 2AA Quarterfinal Round playoff game on Friday, Feb., 24.
NEXT TIPOFF: Season complete.

7. Riverside Poly (20-9) — The Bears had an unexpectedly great season, all things considered. Coach Mark Vanta’s team finished second in the Big VIII, and advanced farther in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs than any Poly basketball team has this century.
LAST RANKED: No. 7.
LAST GAME: lost, 54-38, to Thousand Oaks in a CIF-SS Division 2AA Quarterfinal Round playoff game on Friday, Feb. 24.
NEXT TIPOFF: Season complete.

8. Ontario Colony (22-10) — The Titans won the Mt. Baldy League and played their way into a CIF-Southern Section Division 2A semifinal. Another very solid season for Coach Jerry Di Fabiis.
LAST RANKED: No. 8.
LAST GAME: lost, 68-65, to San Maria Righetti in a CIF-SS Division 2A Semifinal Round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
NEXT TIPOFF: To Be Determined.

9. Corona (18-11) — The Panthers made a deeper playoff run than most expected, and Coach Chris Maffucci’s team will benefit as a result. Senior F Marcos Hazelwood (6-foot-1, 165 pounds) averaged 13.1 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game.
LAST RANKED: No. 9.
LAST GAME: lost, 79-70, to Orange Lutheran in a CIF-SS Division 1A Quarterfinal Round playoff game on Friday, Feb. 24.
NEXT TIPOFF: Season complete.

10. Upland (20-10) — The Highlanders, one of the most athletic teams in the Inland Area, barely stays in the Top 10 on the heels of a CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA quarterfinal appearance. A successful season, sure, but this team was capable of so much more.
LAST RANKED: No. 10.
LAST GAME: lost, 69-61, to Los Angeles Loyola in a CIF-SS Division 1AA Quarterfinal Round playoff games on Friday, Feb. 24.
NEXT TIPOFF: Season complete.

JUST MISSED: La Verne Damien (26-3), Fontana Summit (22-7), Victorville Silverado (22-3).

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