Garrett Carter of Etiwanda talks about being the hero in 52-49 win over Mater Dei.
Every good basketball team has a go-to player right?
The Etiwanda boys basketball team has a roster full of go to players.
The Eagles turned in a thrilling 52-49 win over Mater Dei on Tuesday in the Open Division semifinal and have earned the right to face top-seeded Bishop Montgomery for the championship of the Big Boys Division.
It was junior guard Garrett Carter with the heroics – a game-winning 3-pointer, a key defensive rebound and couple of free throws all in the last 15 seconds of the contest.
Asked after the game who the final play was drawn up for, coach Dave Kleckner said “whoever was open.”
That says two things. One, Klecker and his coaches trust their players on the floor to make the right decisions.
Second, he trusts any player on the floor to make that shot if they’re the one that gets the ball. No need to rely on one guy.
That’s why Etiwanda wins year in, year out. They have an excellent coach, maybe the best in the business. It has players that buy into the system and are all invested in their role. And no one is bigger than the team.
Other schools and other coaches should take a cue from what Kleckner has built at the school.
CIF State Wrestling brackets, for the tournament that begins this Friday in Bakersfield. Locals are highlighted, or boxed in yellow. Some of those you will see highlighted are San Bernardino Sun wrestlers, not just Daily Bulletin.
Yes, Rancho Cucamonga’s Cody Fahamokioa’s name is butchered on the bracket.
Peter Lambert is this year’s Grant Hockin.
Last year Hockin, a pitcher out of Damien, was the most coveted baseball prospect out of the Inland Valley. Every time he took the mound there were more than a dozen professional scouts in attendance. Often times it was twice that.
They’re hard to miss, all the radar guns pointed from behind the plate.
Hockin had signed with UCLA but it was obvious all along he was probably getting drafted in a high round and was going to sign. He did, being chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the second round.
Lambert has also signed with UCLA but he could go even higher in the draft than Hockin and that usually means life changing money.
Also like Hockin, Lambert seems to be well grounded and has taken all the notoriety in stride. He seems to have the right temperament to succeed when all the eyes and pressure are on him.
That’s a good thing for him and his San Dimas team which head into a new season with title hopes that aren’t all unrealistic.
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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Area prep baseball teams took to the field for the first time in the new season and the opening day of play featured a pair of no-hitter.
The first was turned in by Alta Loma senior Steven Elliott who accomplished the feat in a 16-0 win over San Gabriel Valley in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament.
Elliott, who has signed with UC Santa Barbara, struck out eight.
Jeremy Conant sparked the offense with a home run.
The second no-hitter was turned in by Etiwanda senior Grant Ashcraft in a 2-1 win over Northview in the same tournament.
Ashcraft gave up an unearned run and struck out four.
Sounds like the baseball season is off to a a heck of a start!
Prep baseball season started today. Among the many tournaments, the Don Lugo Tournament. Here the scored from the first day:
Ontario Christian 6 Colton 2
Corona Santiago 7 Diamond Ranch 0
Don Lugo 12, Knight 3
Diamond Bar 3 Ontario 1
Chaffey 6 Rowland 1
Glendora 4 Big Bear 0
El Rancho, 1 Oak Hills 0
Here’s a quick rundown on all the scores from Wednesday and the schedule for the surviving teams:
Chino Hills 47, Great Oak 46
Valencia 75, Upland 48
Etiwanda 60, ML King 38
Saturday’s quarterfinal games
Chino Hill at Windward
Etiwanda at Los Alamitos
Alta Loma 50, Edison 47
Troy 70, Yucaipa 43
Saturday’s quarterfinal game
Alta Loma at Troy
Redondo Union 56, Ayala 42
Summit 76, Thousand Oaks 59
Santa Barbara 50, Chino 52
Eisenhower 50, Walnut 47
Santa Barbara at Summit
Norco at Eisenhower
Colony 46, Cerritos 44
Buena 53, Grand Terrace 27
Saturday’s quarterfinal games
Lakeside at Colony
Aquinas 52, Mission Prep 42
Saturday’s semifinal game
Orangewood at Aquinas
The Open Division semifinal boys basketball game between Etiwanda and Mater Dei at Mater Dei will be played at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Open semifinals were scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday but Mater Dei can’t have a game that night because of a previously scheduled fund-raiser.
Saturday at 1 p.m. was an option but Etiwanda Athletic Director Dave Masucci said his school had already planned its schedule around a 7 p.m. game and it was too late to try and scramble.
Mater Dei also offered up Monday night but CIF doesn’t permit teams to play or practice on Sunday so that was ruled out too.
Etiwanda (22-7) earned a berth in the semifinal by defeating Sierra Canyon, a team to whom it lost earlier this season, on Wednesday night while Mater Dei (26-3) defeated Chino Hills.
Here’s a rundown of all the scores from Wednesday and what’s next for our teams
Long Beach Cabrillo 1, Fontana 0
Littlerock 2, Damien 1
Redlands East Valley 1, San Luis Obispo 1
(REV wins on penalty kicks)
Alta Loma 2, Norte Vista 0
Chaffey 3, Woodbridge 0
Claremont 1, Ontario 1
(Claremont wins on penalty kicks)
Pasadena at Claremont
Chaffey at Santa Maria
Redlands East Valley vs. Alta Loma (at Chaffey)
San Gorgonio 4, Los Amigos 3 (2 OT)
Garey 1, Christa McAuliffe 0
Arroyo Valley 2, Animo Leadership 0
Chino 2, Garden Grove 1
Rialto 3, Tahquitz 2
San Gorgonio at Arroyo Valley
Chino at Arroyo Valley
Rialto at La Puente
Garden Grove Santiago at Garey
Webb 3, Riverside Prep 0
Webb at Laguna Blanca
Spectators wanting to see the Mater Dei-Chino Hills boys basktball game tonight at Colony High School can still get in.
Chino Hills Athletic Director Phil Garcia said his school had 200 tickets left from its allotment to take over and sell at the venue.
Mater Dei isn’t expected to sell out its allotment either and will likely be returning with tickets but Garcia doesn’t know how many.
Chino Hills staff will arrive at the school at 6 to start selling them. Spectators can lineup earlier though.
Parking could be an issue too with Colony also the site of a boys soccer game between Claremont and Ontario which starts at 6 p.m.