Rancho Cucamonga’s Victor Joseph chooses Chaffey

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Rancho Cucamonga basketball standout Victor Joseph will play at Chaffey College next season, He plans to play one season because he is already an NCAA qualifier.

Joseph, a 6-foot-guard, helped the Cougars to a 25-5 record and runner-up showing in the Baseline League behind perennial power Etiwanda.

He averaged 21.5 points and 5.5 assists with a season high of 32 points against Los Osos. He earned All-CIF, All-Baseline League and Inland Valley honors.

Several Division I schools were interested including Colorado State and Florida A & M, both of which he visited. But Colorado State ended up not losing a couple of guards it thought were leaving and FAMU had a coaching change.

Washington State and Portland State were interested too but endned up getting guards that were slightly higher on their list.

Joseph has taken that in stride.

“At first I was disappointed because I think I’m a Division I guard,” he said. “But maybe God just has another plan for me right now. If I go out and have a great year I hope to have more options then.”

Joseph will get to play in a high profile program in a state where community college basketball is top-notch. The Panthers wee i the state title game two years ago and made the semifinal last season under coach Jeff Klein.

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Rancho Cucamonga guard Nick Culver headed to La Sierra

Rancho Cucamonga basketball standout Nick Culver has decided to stick close to home and will be playing at La Sierra University in Riverside.

He was also considering Vanguard, Northern Arizona, and William Jessup University.

The 6-foot guard helped the Cougars (25-5, 8-2) to a second-place finish in the Baseline League behind perennial title contender Etiwanda. Three of their five losses were to Etiwanda and were to Open Division playoff teams.

Culver should be able to contribute right away. La Sierra, which plays in the NAIA, went just 6-23 a  year ago.

 

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Great crowd made for a memorable night of basketball

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Everyone knew that the Baseline League showdown between visiting Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga in boys basketball was going to be one for the ages. How can it not be with two teams both ranked in the top six in a very competitive division?

Rivals located about a Tiger Woods tee shot apart geographically. Each team led by a superstar player – that would be Jordan McLaughlin for Etiwanda and Victor Joseph for Rancho Cucamonga, both senior guards destined for great things in the future.

The game lived up to its billing with the Eagles prevailing 61-56.

A capacity crowd was there to see it, 3,00 or so. In fact, it was sold out 10 minutes before tip-off.

It was a great atmosphere! Both crowds were into the game, even before the tip off, cheering the players as they took the floor for warm-up. Spectators on both sides were standing much of the game, especially at crunch time down the stretch.

Music blared during timeouts, fans sang and danced. Everyone was well-behaved, cheering their team and not jeering the other.

The only thing slightly unsportsmanlike – the Rancho Cucamonga faithful chanting “You’re a Trai-tor” each time Etiwanda junior center Jordan Naughton¬† went to the free-throw line. He transferred FROM Rancho. But that’s not that bad!

School administrators were ready for the crowd, with plenty of security on hand . . . just in case. Crowd flow in and out of the building was organized. Lessons were definitely learned from the debacle that was the post-game melee in football when Rancho played another local rival, Los Osos.

So hats off to crowds from both schools, school administrators and everyone else involved in making it a memorable night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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