CIF State Basketball: San Bernardino County matchups

State basketball begins Wednesday, so here are the matchups involving county teams

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Wednesday’s first round games, 7 p.m.
DIVISION I
No. 12 Torrey Pines at No. 5 Cajon
DIVISION II
No. 9 Colony at No. 8 Bakersfield Independence
DIVISION V
No. 9 Carruthers at No. 8 Bloomington Christian
No. 11 Escondido Adventist at No. 6 Aquinas

BOYS BASKETBALL
Wednesday’s first round games, 7 p.m.
DIVISION I
No. 15 Fresno Bullard at No. 2 Chino Hills
DIVISION II
No. 12 San Diego Mira Mesa at No. 5 Redlands East Valley
DIVISION V
No. 11 Hesperia Christian at No. 6 Carlsbad Army-Navy

Friday’s first round games, 7 p.m.
OPEN DIVISION
No. 6 El Cajon Foothills Christian at No. 3 Etiwanda

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San Bernardino County CIF-SS Championship game results

It was a rough weekend for 8 San Bernardino County teams in CIF-SS championship games, going 0-8.

Here are the results:
Boys basketball
Open Division
Torrance Bishop Montgomery 56, Etiwanda 50
Division 2A
Compton 63, Redlands East Valley 48
Division 6
Garden Grove Orangewood Academy 82, Hesperia Christian 54

Girls basketball
Division 1AA
Los Angeles Windward 51, Etiwanda 37
Division 2A
South Torrance 57, Colony 56
Division 5A
Santa Barbara Bishop Diego 48, Bloomington Christian 32

Boys soccer
Division 3
Los Angeles Cathedral 2, Chaffey 0 (Friday’s result)
Division 5
Garden Grove Santiago 1, Chino 0

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San Bernardino County’s CIF-SS championship schedule

San Bernardino County basketball championship games, all Saturday
At Azusa Pacific
Division 2A girls: Colony vs. South Torrance, 11:30 a.m.
Division 1AA girls: Windward vs. Etiwanda, 1 p.m.
At Godinez High School
Division 5A girls: Bloomington Christian vs. Bishop Diego, 1 p.m.
Division 6 boys: Hesperia Christian vs. Orangewood Academy, 7 p.m.
At Honda Center
Division 2A boys: Redlands East Valley vs. Compton, noon
Open Division boys: Etiwanda vs. Bishop Montgomery, 6:30 p.m.

Boys soccer
at Corona High School
Division 3: Chaffey vs. Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Division 5: Chino vs. GG Santiago, noon Saturday

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VIDEOS: Etiwanda girls basketball advances to CIF-SS championship game

Etiwanda never trailed in the game, or was even tied, although Millikan twice whittled down the deficit to a single possession (32-31 in the second quarter, 53-51 in the fourth), but could never get over the hump.

Etiwanda junior Dominique McLaughlin, speaking above, is the sister of Jordan McLaughlin. Normally, you’d think the McLaughlin family would be distracted Wednesday with Jordan’s USC team playing UCLA. But Jordan was out with an injury, allowing the family to presumably concentrate on Dominique.

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Is a 26-0 game in soccer excessive?

What constitutes an excessive blowout that crosses the line for good sportsmanship?
Earlier this season, the discussion was about Arroyo Valley girls basketball’s 161-2 win over Bloomington.
While it doesn’t involve a local team, but what about Hemet Tahquitz’s 26-0 boys soccer victory over Los Angeles Summit View West?
Which is worse? Well, the girls basketball game probably should never have been scheduled by the athletic directors, but the soccer was a Division 5 playoff game.
The girls basketball score was 104-0 at halftime, and the leading scorer in the game, Tamera Trigg, scored 43 points compared to her season average of about 27.
In the boys soccer game, it wasn’t reported what the score was at halftime.   Marcos Rojo led the way for Tahquitz with seven goals. He had scored only 11 on the season before that. But the team had 14 different players score goals, and two others had assists.
So are they both bad? And if so, which is worse? To be honest, I’d really need to see tape of both games. I’m sure something could’ve been done in both instances to hold the game down a little, but I don’t exactly know how excessive it was.
I once reported about the aftermath of a game now nearly 20 years ago, a girls soccer game between Bonita and Ganesha. I believe the final score was 19-0 in favor of Bonita, in a league game. The problem was, the  coach left his star player, Kendra Payne, in the game for too long and she set a CIF-SS record with 13 goals in the game (which I believe still stands).  The consensus seemed to be that this was excessive, because they were scoring goals just so Payne could get the record.
But 26-0 and 161-2? Whether excessive or not, it didn’t do the winning teams much good. Arroyo Valley girls basketball lost in the first round of the playoffs, while Tahquitz lost in the next round to Rialto. Did those teams get what they deserved? Some might say so, but I don’t think so, just that playing that kind of opponent isn’t really going to help in the long (or short) run.

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CIF-SS San Bernardino County playoff updates, basketball, boys soccer

Here is who is left in the playoffs from San Bernardino County for boys and girls basketball and boys soccer, with girls soccer playing today

Boys basketball
Open Division Semifinal
Tuesday’s Game
Etiwanda at Mater Dei
Friday’s Games
Division 2AA
Ayala at Anaheim Canyon
Division 2A
Redlands East Valley at Colony
Division 6 semifinals
Rio Hondo Prep at Hesperia Christian, Friday
Orangewood Academy at Joshua Springs, Monday

Girls basketball
Friday’s Game
Open Division
Consolation semifinal
Cajon at Oaks Christian
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Division 1AA
Chino Hills at Windward, 5 p.m.
Etiwanda at Los Alamitos
Division 1A
Alta Loma at Troy
Division 2AA
Santa Barbara at Summit
Norco at Eisenhower
Division 2A
Lakeside at Colony

Semifinals
Division 5AA
Orangewood Academy at Aquinas
Division 5A
Bloomington Christian at Avalon, 5 p.m.

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Aaryon Green’s injury is a blow to Eisenhower girls basketball

Eisenhower’s Aaryon Green (No. 13), against Cajon earlier this season.

The Eisenhower girls’ promising CIF-SS hopes were dealt a blow with the season-ending knee injury to star  Long Beach State-bound senior 6-foot-2 forward/center Aaryon Green. Green suffered the injury in the opening minutes of last week’s 38-32 win over Perris. Eisenhower, seeded third hosts Walnut in the second round of the 2AA playoffs tonight (Wednesday).

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CIF Scoreboard: Girls Basketball

GIRLS BASKETBALL
DIVISION 1AA
Chino Hills 44, Lakewood 35
Lynwood 57, Diamond Bar 21
Upland 65, Oxnard Pacifica 40
Crescenta Valley 48, Rialto 35
San Clemente 59, Los Osos 40
Rancho Cucamonga at Los Alamitos
Etiwanda 66, Temecula Chaparral 40
DIVISION 1A
Westminster 77, Ontario 35
Burbank 45, Arroyo Valley 39
Alta Loma 54, Temecula Valley 37
Yucaipa 65, Katella 35
DIVISION 2AA
Ayala 57, Anaheim Canyon 48
Summit 79, Hemet 20
Chino 65, Carter 39
Eisenhower 38, Perris 32
Norco 63, Silverado 29
Oak Hills 55, Bonita 32
DIVISION 2A
Lakeside 76, Fontana 22
Colony 64, Redlands East Valley 20
Grand Terrace 53, La Habra 48
Victor Valley 65, Temescal Canyon 43
South Torrance 69, Jurupa Hills 47
DIVISION 4AA
Duarte 99, Ganesha 56

DIVISION 5AA

Aquinas 50, St. Pius-St. Matthias 39
DIVISION 5A
Bloomington Christian 80, Coast Union 19
Thacher at Mesa Grande

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How/why did Cajon girls basketball end up in Open Division?

Cajon girls basketball coach Mark Lehman was surprised when he found out his team was picked for the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs.
Should he have been?
Absolutely. Considering his team was ranked fifth in Division 1A entering the season’s final week, the Open Division took only one of the teams ranked ahead of Cajon in Division 1A, Riverside North.
Entering the week, 3 Division 1A teams were on the Open Division Watch List: Riverside North, Fullerton Troy and Cajon. North was ranked No. 1 in 1A, and got the 16 seed in the Open Division. Cajon was No. 5 in 1A, and got the 15 seed. Troy was ranked No. 3 and didn’t get in, and is the No. 2 seed in 1A.
I realize that Cajon had a big win, beating Eisenhower, which had given Cajon its only loss in the teams’ first meeting. Yet no one else above them in 1A lost during the final week. So, how is Cajon the No. 5 team in 1A according to that division’s pollsters entering the week, then essentially the No. 1 team (highest Open Division seed) just a week later?

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Citrus Belt League water polo, basketball provide 2 improbable finishes in 1 week

I cannot recall a week with two games as crazy as the ones I had this week.
First, there was Redlands East Valley’s 5-4, 5 overtime win over Yucaipa in girls water polo on Tuesday.
Then came Thursday, when Eisenhower girls basketball rallied from 9 points down in the final 9.3 seconds to force overtime, before falling to Cajon, 65-57.

I have never seen a 5 overtime game in water polo, and neither had anyone I talked to at the game. And scoring 9 points in the final 9.3 seconds to force overtime? It just doesn’t happen.

But what makes these games remarkable beyond that is that both games had Citrus Belt League titles at stake at the end of the season. In the first case, REV won the CBL title outright, its sixth straight title with the marathon win. In the latter, Cajon earned a share of the CBL title by knocking off Eisenhower. In each case, none of the four teams had lost to anyone else in league. And they were all ranked in CIF-SS.

Those were two games what show why I love high school sports. In both cases, great fan atmosphere, two closely matched teams and two games in which there was a big mental aspect. in the first case, REV fought through fatigue to finally win. In the second case, Cajon fought through the embarrassment of squandering a big lead and recovered to win in overtime.

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