Could you have said no to tournament offer?

In hindsight, it’s pretty easy to say you would’ve said no  to the tournament offer that fell apart for the Etiwanda boys basketball team, leaving the Eagles a tournament short this season.

Here is what happened. A guy approached Etiwanda boys basketball coach Dave Kleckner months ago, with this offer:

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Etiwanda beats Rancho Cucamonga for Inland Empire title: what does it mean?

Baseline League boys basketball rivals Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga played in the championship game of the Inland Empire Invitational on Saturday night. Etiwanda rallied in the second half to post a 67-59 victory at Miller High School.

What is the significance of this game?

In the end, it gives Etiwanda bragging rights, but the Eagles have already had that. Etiwanda has gone 47-3 in league the last five years, winning five straight outright league titles.

The teams meet for the first time Jan. 18 at Etiwanda and again Feb. 5 at Rancho Cucamonga.

Both teams will look a little different.

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Inland Empire Invitational box scores

Here are box scores for the third place game and championship games of the Inland Empire Invitational boys basketball tournament on Saturday. Both games were played at Miller High School.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
RANCHO CUCAMONGA (59)
Malcolm Drumwright 24, Victor Joseph 20, Mateu Vilakazi 7, Nick Culver 3, A.J. Latu 2, Jordan McNellys 2, Jordan Naughtan 1.
ETIWANDA (67)
Kenny  Barnes 20, Dominick Alexander 17, Sheldon Blackwell 16, Tim Myles 6, Elijah Johnson 3, Delewis Johnson 3, Darryl Adigwu 2.
Rancho Cucamonga    13 25   4 17 — 59
Etiwanda                       12 21 16 18 — 67
3-pointers: Drumwright (RC) 3, Joseph (RC), Vilakazi (RC), Alexander (E), Blackwell (E), E. Johnson (E).

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