New boys basketball: Sun Top 10, CIF-SS rankings

BOYS BASKETBALL

Sun Top 10, and CIF-SS rankings.

First,  The Sun Top 10
1. Chino Hills (7-13)
Previous: 1
Chance to avenge on-the-court loss at Damien Friday
2. Etiwanda (16-6)
Previous: 2
Tight win vs. Gahr Saturday
3. Ayala (18-4)
Previous: 3
Better, but still unable to beat Glendora
4. Rancho Cucamonga (17-6)
Previous: 4
Close vs. Damien, blown out by Chino Hills
 5. Colony (16-8)
Previous: 6
Lost to very good Corona Santiago team
6. Redlands East Valley (19-3)
Previous: 5
Ike still a thorn in REV’s side
7. Redlands (17-5)
Previous: 8
Has moved into a tie for 1st
8. Eisenhower (11-11)
Previous: 9
Split week vs. Redlands teams
9. Kaiser (14-7)
Previous: NR
Sweep of Summit gets Cats into Top 10
10. Don Lugo (15-7)
Previous: 10
Tight win vs. Chaffey
Dropped out: 7. Summit (17-5).
Under consideration: Alta Loma (15-9), San Bernardino (14-8), Silverado (14-10), Summit (17-5).

CIF-SS BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

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VIDEO: Summit coach Byron Wesley Sr. talks about loss to Kaiser


Byron Wesley Sr., coach of Summit, had plenty of compliments to pay for the Kaiser team. I think he’d like his team to emulate Kaiser. Regardless I think he’s optimistic for the future, with some key freshmen and sophomores on the varsity roster.

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VIDEO: Kaiser Basketball/football player Tre Norman talks after beating Summit

Part of the video that I didn’t have showed that Norman (and likely the Cats) felt a little disrespected in rankings, such as mine, that had Summit ranked and Kaiser unranked even after Kaiser won the 1st matchup between the teams. You can also tell what a big deal it is to beat Summit.

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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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