Few high school games will match the intensity and drama that surrounded the Etiwanda-Mater Dei boys Open Division semifinal last year. It was won by Mater Dei 67-64 in double overtime.
It was Jordan McLaughlin throwing down all the clutch shots for Etiwanda and Stanley Johnson of Mater Dei answering each one.
McLaughlin went on to USC, although he is now injured, while Johnson is doing good things at University of Arizona as a true freshman.
The teams will play again Tuesday night, again at Mater Dei, again the Open division semifinal Hopefully this one will be just as compelling.
With Dave Kleckner in charge you know the Eagles will be ready. They’re playing as good as anyone right now.
Just who will be the stars of this one? Most likely it will be those who were supporting players last year.
For Etiwanda look for senior Kameron Edwards who has spearheaded the charge the last month. He will be the force inside. Look for senior Delewis Johnson and sophomore Miles Oliver to ignite the perimeter game.
For the Monarchs there are several standouts – most notably senior guard Rex Pflueger, who is headed to Notre Dame, and junior forward MJ Cage. Pfl;euger is deadline if left alone from 3-point rage while Cage has been a beast in the post.
The Chino Hills-Mater Dei game didn’t live up to billing. But Etiwanda matches up better because it has Edwards at 6-6 and senior Jordan Naughton, 6-10, in the paint.
Chino Hills didn’t have an answer to that.
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