REV boys basketball coach Bill Berich talks to his team during a game against Cajon.
The big negative to playing in an eight-team basketball league, some coaches would say, is that you have league games scheduled before Christmas.
Unless you change them, of course.
Several Citrus Belt League schools mixed in the two league games originally slated for mid-December for other days.
For the Redlands East Valley boys, both of their rescheduled games are on a Saturday on Jan. 17 at Miller and on Feb. 7 home vs. Redlands, both at 6 p.m. The REV girls play at the opposite site on the same days.
“I think the Redlands game (should be a good crowd). We can promote that one. That’s our one game (each year) where we get a really good crowd,” REV boys coach Bill Berich said. “I like it a lot better than playing league games in December.”
Berich thinks it also works out well because the CBL’s regular schedule has games on Tuesday and Thursday this year, so playing Saturday means no back-to-back league games.
“I don’t like that (back-to-back league games),” Berich said. “I don’t mind it for tournaments, but league games are important and you want to be able to tweak a few things (between games).”
But if the CBL was on a Wednesday-Friday schedule?
“I guess we’d have to play Monday, but I don’t really like that either,” Berich said.
I’d love to see more Saturday league games. A lot of the small private schools play league games Saturday, perhaps because it’s easier to get officials on a Saturday or travel is easier on a Saturday. Some of those small-school games are Adventist schools, which can’t play on Friday night.
I’d love to see a few more. There’s less issue with parents rushing to get to the game after work on a Saturday and there’s a unique feel to it.
For the whole photo gallery of Thursday’s REV-Cajon, click here.
How good is Redlands East Valley boys basketball? That’s a question I wondered before I saw the Wildcats for the first time this season on Thursday night against Cajon.
They are very good. But it’s too early to tell exactly how good.
But one thing I noticed and verified by senior Julian Sinegal: they play better team defense than last year. Last year’s team had the best player: Eli Chuha, who should eventually play at the NCAA Division I level.
“But we would get caught standing around waiting for him to do something,” Sinegal said.
There is no such waiting this year. The team forces turnovers, has ball-handlers, enough size inside and some outside shooters. I don’t know exactly how far they can go, but they should win the Citrus Belt League at least.
Kurt Bruich (in red hat) celebrates with his father Dick after winning the CIF State title.
Kurt Bruich, the coach of the CIF State Division II champion Redlands East Valley football team has been named state coach of the year by CalHiSports.com.
Bruich wins the award for the first time and he and his father Dick (who won the award as Fontana’s coach in 1989) are the first father-son duo to win the award.
The Bruichs are also the only coaches from San Bernardino County to win the award, which dates back to 1930.
RESULTS FOR 57th SAN BERNARDINO KIWANIS TOURNAMENT:
ARROYO VALLEY 48, INDIAN SPRINGS 37 15TH PLACE
SAN GORGONIO PACIFIC 13TH PLACE
SERRANO 80, APPLE VALLEY 71 11TH PLACE
BARSTOW 61, RIALTO 58 CONSOLATION CHAMPION
CARTER 66, YUCAIPA 51 7TH PLACE
REDLANDS 69, FONTANA 51 5TH PLACE
BEAUMONT 75, RAMONA 55 3RD PLACE
REV 71, SUMMIT 46 TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
57TH ANNUAL KIWANIS TOURNEY ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
MVP: CHRIS HARPER – REV
ELIJAH JOSEPH – BARSTOW
A.C. LINCOLN – CARTER
ALEX ZISKA – REV
JULIAN SINEGAL – REV
DARION WILLIES – SUMMIT
ARJUN SOLANKI – SUMMIT
DARNELL EAVES – BEAUMONT
BRAD MOTYLEWSKI – REDLANDS
DERRECK AFFOR – BEAUMONT
JOE MCGUIGAN – RAMONA
TOM FOX MEMORIAL TROPHY: MATT ARNOLD – SUMMIT
Here are some video interviews after Redlands East valley won the CIF State Division II football championship:
Coach Kurt Bruich after winning state
Senior WR/RB Malik Lovette
Senior DB Isaiah Armstrong
Junior RB Joey Harman
Sophomore LB Jaelen Phillips, who blocked a PAT and recovered a fumble