Prep Preview: Chaparral at REV

I’m covering the Temecula Chaparral-Redlands East Valley boys varsity basketball game tonight for The Press-Enterprise and HSGametime.pe.com. The best part of this assignment is that both may be among the best teams in the Inland Area.

THE LOW DOWN:
chappyLOGOIt’s early in the season so teams are just starting to get their complete lineups together as football players begin to infiltrate. Inconsistency is a predominant theme in these games, and coaches try things that an observer would not see come the first of the year and league play.

Chaparral (3-1 overall) won its last two games at the Beaumont HS Tournament and comes into tonight’s game with a little bit of momentum on its side. Senior shooting guard Dylan Jacobsen was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 19 points and five rebounds per game, and senior guard Sean Manganti is averaging in 13 points, three rebounds and three assists for the Pumas, who have just three seniors on their roster.

revLOGORedlands East Valley (4-0 overall) went out and won the Beaumont HS Tournament, or Tip-Off Classic, defeating the host Cougars by seven points in the final. Senior shooting guard Terrance Williams was names the tournament’s MVP after averaging more than 17 points over the sweep. In fact, Coach Bill Berich’s team left the tournament averaging more than 65 points per game and with three players scoring better than 13 points per contest.

THE STARTING 5s:
Chaparral
— PG: Cody Coyle, Jr. (6-foot, 165 pounds); G: Sean Manganti, Sr. (6-4, 165); G: Dylan Jacobsen, Sr. (6-2, 165); PF: Drake Powers, Jr. (6-3, 195); C: Donavon Martin, Sr. (6-5, 180)

Redlands East Valley — PG: Jarrett Ellis, Sr. (6-foot-2, 150 pounds); G: Eric Klopfer, Sr. (6-foot, 160); G: Julius Humphrey, Sr. (5-9, 160); SF: Terrence Williams, Sr. (6-2, 150); C: Eli Chuha, Jr. (6-6, 190)

THE DIFFERENCE:
Inside scoring. The battle between Martin and Chuha will be interesting, because Jacobsen and Williams will probably score 20 apiece to cancel each other out.
THE FINAL SCORE: REV 66, Chaparral 63

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