Indian Springs earned first boys basketball win of the year

Before talking about Indian Springs’ 1st win of the season last week, I’d like to say that while I don’t root for teams, I hope every high school varsity team gets at least 1 win per season. Just a chance to taste victory. I’m not asking for every team to win exactly half of their games. I just hope that every team gets a chance to savor victory.

When you’re building a program from scratch, there are bound to be some bumps in the road.
The Indian Springs boys basketball team hopes those bumps are in the past.
Indian Springs earned hits first win of he season last Friday with a 66-54 San Andreas League win over San Gorgonio, improving to 1-16 on the season.

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“It was tough early on,” coach Jamaal Cannon said. “We had the Bloomington Christian Tournament and we could’ve won two, if not all three games. We couldn’t get any breaks.
“Our two games leading up to (the win), our defense was getting a little bit better. (The win) was a huge relief. We know we can beat teams.”

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Southern California Shootout is Saturday

The 13th annual Southern California Shootout a one-day basketball event is slated for Saturday at Azusa Pacific University. While the event is not in San Bernardino County, and most of the games do not involve San Bernardino County teams, it is a well-run event in a great facility with some good games.

Here’s the full schedule:

9 a.m. – Rowland vs. Flintridge Prep
10:30 a.m. – Walnut vs. Villa Park
Noon - Diamond Bar vs. Mission Viejo
1:30 p.m. - Corona Santiago vs. Colony
3 p.m.- Glendora vs. Los Osos
4:30 p.m. – Los Altos vs. ML King
6 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Gahr
7:30 p.m. – Cantwell Sacred Heard vs. Damien
9 p.m. – La Canada vs. Claremont

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Update on Darrion Willies’ injury + Rim-Breaking Highlight

It was reported earlier in the week that the basketball career of Summit High senior Darrion Willies may be done due to a spine ailment.

According to Willies, he believes he can return to the court to continue his basketball career following a second opinion with a sports medicine doctor.

Darrion Willies (left) with Fontana alum Corey Benjamin before the Fontana vs. Summit game.

Darrion Willies (left) with Fontana alum Corey Benjamin before the Fontana vs. Summit game.

“The doctor called me (Jan. 22) after reviewing my x-rays,” Willies said. “He assured me that with some therapy he could get me back on the court.”

The big question surrounding his return to a basketball court, is a matter of when if at all?

“I am hoping by this season but however much time I need to fully recover,” he explained. “The doctor said to rest for a couple of weeks then after a check up he will decide on how therapy will go.”

Willies will still try to make it to Summit’s games to support his teammates.

The team has gone 2-0 in Willies’ absences with victories over league-rivals, Colton and Fontana.

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Also, check out Willies’ rim breaking highlight that was named as one of Maxpreps’ Plays of the Week video.

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Chino Hills boys basketball will forfeit 9 wins

From Staff Writer Michelle Gardner:

Confirmation today that Chino Hills boys basketball will be forfeiting 9 games.

Here is the word from school district spokesman Julie Gobin:

“It has come to our knowledge that a student-athlete participated in CIF competition despite being scholastically ineligible. Therefore, administrators at Chino Hills HS have chosen to self-report to CIF and to forfeit the 11 games in which the student participated. These forfeitures do not affect the wins achieved at the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions this past weekend in Springfield, Missouri. Chino Hills High School has implemented a new system to ensure this does not occur again.”
Julie Gobin, communications director for CVUSD

The Huskies were 12-4 on the court and 2-1 in Baseline League play after a loss to Damien last night.
Representatives from Upland and Rancho Cucamonga say they have been notified of forfeits that included games against their teams, both of which Huskies won on the court.
So Chino Hills is officially 0-3 in the Baseline, heading into game on Friday vs. Etiwanda. And that will be tough one.
“This definitely changes things,” says Rancho Cucamonga coach Bill Burke, whose team is now 16-4 overall and 2-1 in Baseline. “It really does open the door for us, maybe even Upland.”
Upland Athletic Director John McNally said his school had been notified it was getting a win via the forfeit as well.
Of the 11 games the ineligible student participated in, nine were wins. So the Huskies are 3-13 overall, 0-3 in league.

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Corey Benjamin, Sean Rooks have jerseys retired by Fontana HS Thursday


Corey Benjamin, above, talks after his No. 50 jersey was retired by Fontana High School.

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The mother of Sean Rooks, Deborah Young (brown shirt) accepts the framed jersey for her son and Corey Benjamin accepts his framed jersey. Both jerseys were retired by Fontana High Thursday.

Perhaps overdue, but Rooks’ mother and Benjamin said the right things.
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Schedule for Los Osos’ MLK Day boys basketball event

Schedule for Monday Jan. 19  MLK “I have a Dream Classic” at The Cave (Los Osos HS)

Boys basketball games
8 am Montclair vs San Gorgonio
9:30am Pomona vs Jurupa Hills
11 am Claremont vs Gardena
12:30pm 29 Palms vs Charter Oak
2 pm Víctor Valley vs Rancho Cucamonga
3:30pm Diamond Bar vs Silverado
5 pm Los Osos vs ML King
6:30pm Bishop Amat vs Summit
8 pm Rancho Verde vs Damien

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Boys basketball: The Sun Top 10 and CIF-SS Polls

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The Sun Boys Basketball Top 10
1. Chino Hills 9-2
Huskies are Ball-ing out
2. Etiwanda 11-4
For once, Eagles not odds-on league favorite
3. Ayala 13-2
Has a win over Rancho Cucamonga on its resume’
4. Rancho Cucamonga 13-4
Gave REV its only loss
5. Redlands East Valley 14-1
Could this be the year for REV in the CBL?
6. Summit 13-2
Is 3-1 in games decided by less than 10 points
7. Colony 9-7
Is 1-3 vs. teams outside CIF-SS
8. Los Osos 12-4
Hopes to compete in brutal Baseline League
9. Alta Loma 11-6
Move to Mt. Baldy can only help
10. Miller 9-4
With REV, one of 2 remaining 2-0 teams in CBL play

CIF-SS Rankings

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