Inland Area Prep Basketball Top 10

FOR FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 2012

1. Corona Centennial (5-0) — Coach Josh Giles has the depth of high-quality guards to finally complement all that athleticism in the front court.
LAST RANKED: Not Ranked. LAST SEASON: 7-19 overall; 4-10 Big VIII League.
LAST GAME: def. Fontana Jurupa Hills, 87-60, in a non-league game on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
NEXT TIPOFF: vs. Rancho Cucamonga Alta Loma on WEDNESDAY.

2. Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda (2-2) — Eagles had a 26-game winning streak at one point last season. Coach Dave Kleckner’s talented group is sort of sputtering thus far.
LAST RANKED: No. 1. LAST SEASON: 30-3 overall, 10-0 Baseline League.
LAST GAME: def. Phoenix (Ariz.) Westwind Prep Academy, 58-56, in a non-league game on Saturday, Dec. 1.
NEXT TIPOFF: vs. MoVal Canyon Springs at Fontana Miller HS on Monday, Dec. 10.

3. Murrieta Valley (5-1) — Over-achieving Nighthawks usually play to their strengths and do it well for coach Steve Tarabilda.
LAST RANKED: No. 4. LAST SEASON: 25-3 overall; 9-1 Southwestern League.
LAST GAME: def. Lake Elsinore Lakeside, 58=55, at the Murrieta Valley HS Nighthawk Classic on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
NEXT TIPOFF: vs. Eastvale Roosevelt TONIGHT.

4. La Verne Lutheran (4-1) — Trojans still an unknown quantity at this point. New coach Brandon Lee didn’t inherit much either.
LAST RANKED: No. 2. LAST SEASON: 25-8 overall.
LAST GAME: def. Chino 61-37 in a non-league game on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
NEXT TIPOFF: vs. Chino Hills at Univ. of La Verne TONIGHT.

5. La Verne Damien (5-0) — Spartans’ start is startling coming off a dominant 2011-’12 campaign. Coach Matt Dunn really putting it together.
LAST RANKED: Not Ranked. LAST SEASON: 26-3 overall; 10-0 Sierra League.
LAST GAME: def. Thousand Oaks, 60-56, in the championship game of the Sierra Vista HS Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 1.
NEXT TIPOFF: vs. Rancho Cucamonga Alta Loma TONIGHT.

6. Riverside North (4-0) — Huskies are hungry out of the gate, thriving with Dorian Butler (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) and Deshon Taylor (6-foot, 160) scoring in buckets.
LAST RANKED: No. 6. LAST SEASON: 23-6 overall; 12-2 Inland Valley League
LAST GAME: def. Rancho Cucamonga, 85-74, in the championship game of the Phelan Serrano HS Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 1.
NEXT TIPOFF: vs. MoVal Vista del Lago on MONDAY

7. Corona (5-0) — Panthers were the class of their bracket at the Big Daddy Tournament. Coach Chris Maffucci is already building from last year’s success.
LAST RANKED: No. 9. LAST SEASON: 18-11 overall; 7-7 Big VIII League.
LAST GAME: def. Grand Terrace, 77-48, in a non-league game on Saturday, Dec. 1.
NEXT TIPOFF: vs. Pomona Garey on MONDAY.

8. Redlands East Valley (4-0) — Wildcats look potent with senior G Terrence Williams (6-2, 150), but look out for junior F/C Eli Chuha (6-6, 190) — he’s never played organized ball but has a street-style game.
LAST RANKED: Not Ranked. LAST SEASON: 11-17 overall; 7-3 Citrus Belt League.
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: vs. Temecula Chaparral TONIGHT.

9. Ontario Colony (2-2) — Titans have loads of experience and a coach (Jerry Di Fabiis) among the best in the history of the Inland Area.
LAST RANKED: No. 8. LAST SEASON: 22-10 overall; 11-1 Mt. Baldy League.
LAST GAME: def. Alhambra Keppel, 52-44, at Sierra Vista HS Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 1.
NEXT TIPOFF: at Ontario TONIGHT.

10. Elsinore (1-1) — CIF-Southern Section semifinalists last season, the Tigers haven’t yet shown much many signs of joining the hunt.
LAST RANKED: No. 3. LAST SEASON: 28-5 overall; 10-0 Sunbelt League.
LAST GAME: def. Temecula Linfield Christian, 67-38, at Murrieta Valley HS Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 6.
NEXT TIPOFF: vs. Temecula Great Oak TONIGHT.

JUST MISSED: Colton (5-0), Upland (1-0), Beaumont (5-1).

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