Boys Hoops on a chilly Wednesday evening … Chino Hills takes control of the Sierra

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
Glendora game story:
If ever the Chino Hills high school boys basketball team needed a stop-the-bleeding 3-pointer, it came with just under three minutes left with host Glendora on the verge of rallying from 20 points down in the fourth quarter.
The coolest kid in the building didn’t panic, waving off coaches trying to set up a play while the Tartans cheering section turned up the decibels. (To continue, click thread)

Sierra League
Chino Hills (17-2, 2-0) at Glendora (13-4, 1-1), 7 p.m.
Chino (8-10, 0-2) at Damien (13-4, 1-1), 7 p.m.
Ayala (11-8, 1-1) at Diamond Bar (3-14, 1-1), 7 p.m.
Notes: The league is rooting for the Tartans, who can create a mess at the top with a win over Chino Hills at home, potentially creating a three-way tie for first should Damien and Ayala win as expected.

San Antonio League
Nogales (12-7, 0-1) at Walnut (11-6, 2-0), 6:30 p.m
Rowland (6-12, 0-1) at West Covina (1-15, 0-2), 6:30 p.m.
Non: South Hills (13-3, 2-0) at Los Altos (10-9), 6:30 p.m.
Notes: Walnut can really put defending champ Nogales in a hole tonight, and more important, a win sets up a meeting at South Hills on Friday for first place.

Valle Vista League
Pomona (1-10, 0-1) at Northview (12-7, 2-0), 6:30 p.m.
Baldwin Park (15-2, 1-1) at Ganesha (1-12, 0-1), 6:30 p.m.
Covina (7-7, 1-1) at San Dimas (10-8, 1-1), 6:30 p.m.
Notes: Assuming confidently that Northview, Baldwin Park and San Dimas all win, Baldwin Park will host Northview on Friday, which could create a three-way tie for first if the Braves win. Otherwise, the Vikes are well on their way to fours straight league titles.

Mission Valley
Arroyo (7-7, 2-0) at South El Monte (8-7, 2-0), 6:30 p.m.
Mountain View (6-8, 1-1) at Gabrielino (2-15, 0-2), 6:30 p.m.
Rosemead (1-8, 1-1) at El Monte (5-13, 0-2), 6:30 p.m.
Notes: Quite simple, Arroyo and South El Monte meet for sole possession of first, and it appears there are no real challengers so tonight is the game of all games in the MVL


That guy would be Chino Hills’ smooth-shooting lefty Derek Brown, who swished a 3-pointer with 2:41 left that stopped a 14-0 Tartans run, enabling the Huskies to sneak away with a 55-48 victory after leading 45-25 going into the fourth quarter.
Brown, who finished with a team-high 16 points, stared at his bench after hitting it, nodding his head to let his teammates know he wasn’t going to let them down.
“It was big shot because we needed it real bad,” Brown said. “Coach (Don Grant) told me to set up the play in stuff, but I wanted to take it in my own hands. I wanted to win the game, I wasn’t going to let us lose after the lead we built.”
Thanks to some interesting calls from the officials, the Tartans were able to sneak back in it at the free throw line, attacking the basket and getting to the stripe, hitting eight-of-nine from the foul line to start the fourth quarter, quickly trimming the Huskies’ lead to 47-33 without much time coming off the clock.
Then the Tartans got hot.
After Jon Healy missed a free-throw that would have given the Tartans a 3-point play, Calvin Smith was there for the putback, cutting the Huskies’ lead to 47-37 with 3:45 left.
After Michael Doering hit one-of-two free throws to trim the lead to 47-40 with 3:04 left, Brown responded with his 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to ten points.
Smith, who finished with a game high 26 points with seven rebounds, hit a banker and converted a back-door-pass from Doering to cut the Huskies’ lead to 50-46 with 50 seconds left, but the Huskies nailed 3-of-5 free throws down the stretch to close it out.
Even though the Tartans outscored the Huskies 23-10 in the fourth, it wasn’t enough to overcome a lot of missed shots early, particularly from Smith, who missed all eight of his 3-point attempts.
“It would have been nice if we could play like we did at the end the first three quarters,” Smith said. “Coach (Mike LeDuc) told us in the fourth quarter to attack, attack, attack. We made a run, but it was a lot to overcome, and they’re a very good team, you have to give them credit.”
The victory gives the Huskies (18-2, 3-0) early control of the Sierra League while dropping the Tartans (13-5, 1-2) two games back just three games into league action.
“Every league win is a big win,” said Brown. “We want to go 10-0, it’s not a secret. We don’t want to finish second, we don’t want to tie for first, we want to win them all, so yeah, every game is a big game.”
Erik Ligans and Chris Collins each had seven points for the Huskies and Healy finished with 12 for the Tartans.
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  • Bonita

    Did you forget that the #1 team in the area is playing tonight….BONITA!!!

  • Big Deal

    SO WHAT !

  • WCkid

    The game between WC vs. Rowland has been postponed due to a minor leak in WCHS gym. The game will be reschedule to another date later this month.

  • C

    Nogales barely edges Walnut 56-55.

    Nogales had control until losing the lead mid 3rd qtr. Nogales then came back to take a 6 pt lead, walnut hit 3 free throws with bout 3 secs left but it wasnt enough.

    GO NOBLES!!

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  • The Right Stuff

    Every young basketball player should watch Michael Rodriguez from Chino Hills. For that matter every basketball Dad should watch this kid play and tell their kids, “Be like Mike!” to borrow a phrase.

    I have seen this kid develop from the ninth grade on and he’s always giving his all, always giving his best and always doing it with class. Rarely do you see a player who understands his role and never gives up on his dream of being the best player he can for his team, his coaches and of course for own sense of personal pride.

    He guards the best players, handles the ball well, hits big shots, runs the floor well and rebounds against all odds. Every time I see him play it’s a tremendous honor. Maybe if more Dads and players took the time to appreciate how to be a player the right way, how to work your tail off for the right reasons and how to have single minded purpose while on the floor less drama would take place in the stands and after the games when everyone thinks their kid is the best thing since sliced bread.

  • Ladroncito

    Looks like its that time of year again when the “soft schedule” technique catches up to the coaches that employ this sneaky yet somewhat effective tactic. One need not worry, the inevitable “one and out” playoff exit always await the culprits. Though some survive to subsequent rounds with lady luck on their side.

  • Miguel

    I would like to Thank “The Right Stuff” for their comments on my son Mike Rodriguez.

    While watching the game last night CHHS vs Diamond Bar several parents brought it to my attention.

    As I read it this morning it made me feel proud about Mike and his efforts on the court.

    I would also like to say that I enjoy watching all the players on the court who play with their heart and give it their all.

    Once again, Thank You!

    Miguel Rodriguez,(Mike’s Dad)

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