Boys Basketball: Bonita in control; South Hills leaps to No. 2; Damien, Glendora struggling


Above: After losing big game to Chino Hills, Glendora bounces back with win over Walnut in Southern California Shootout on Saturday at APU.

Boys Basketball top ten
1. Bonita (18-3) - Easy wins over Diamond Ranch and Wilson, it gets tougher this week against Walnut and Charter Oak.
2. South Hills (15-3) – Beat Walnut and now has won eight straight. Don’t know if they’re a legit No. 2, but they keep winning while others are falling.
3. Damien (14-6) – Mid-season blues or what, the Spartans drop three of four, including two straight. Big one on Friday at Glendora.
4. Bishop Amat (16-5) – After a Del Rey League opening pounding from Serra, they bounce back with win two straight wins.
5. Glendora (15-5) - With losses to Chino Hills and Damien in league, their backs are against the wall with Damien coming to town Friday.
6. Baldwin Park (18-2) - The Braves flex their muscles, end Northview’s 31-game Valle Vista winning streak.
7. Nogales (14-7) – Still 2-1 in the San Antonio, but that 30-point loss to South Hills has to sting.
8. Charter Oak 14-6 — Gets another crack at top-ranked Bonita this week.
9. Northview (13-8) – With loss to Baldwin Park, Vikings, Braves and San Dimas all 3-1 in league.
10. San Dimas (12-8) — Saints could be in the drivers seat because they get Northview and Baldwin Park at home in second half.

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  • >>>

    LVL moved up to 22 on the LA Times list.

    Have to wonder if they are even in the top 22 on Fred’s list???

  • >>>

    LVL moved up to 22 on the LA Times list.

    Have to wonder if they are even in the top 22 on Fred’s list???

  • >>>

    LVL moved up to 22 on the LA Times list.

    Have to wonder if they are even in the top 22 on Fred’s list???

  • wondering

    Yeah, that’s interesting. I just caught a team highlight video on Time Warner’s on demand where Robledo speaks of Lutheran as a possible “Mater Dei in our own backyard…”. Can you say confusing????!!!! Fred, what’s up??

  • Maurice

    Why is Balwin Park high school in the top? There schedule is weak, give them some competition and watch them drop, They wont make it past the first round of Cifs. thats a guarantee. Well unless they are given weak competition.

  • socal hoops fan

    UCLA coach Ben Howland knows about LVL. He was at their practice the other day looking at 6’8″ soph Grant Jerritt who is averaging 19 ppg/11 boards. According to Bruin Zone the bruins have offered Jerritt a scholarship. If Keith Shamburger(Serra) would have stayed at LVL and if Jordan Salley was not out with a ACL injury LVL would be a socal top 10 team.

  • wondering still

    Check out the following article from laverneonline.com reporter today.

    “Playing at Another Level, La Verne Lutheran Cruises to 94-21 Win

    La Verne Lutherans basketball team (3-0) has been compared to a big fish in a small pond. Somebody got it wrong. After their destruction of the Upland Christian, 94-21, they are more like Moby Dick in a puddle.

    Against the Eagles on a rainy Tuesday night in the Trojans home gym, La Verne raced out to a 16-0 lead before the timer warmed up. It closed out the quarter leading 40-6. It wasnt the first time the Trojans scored 40 points in a quarter this year. Nor is it likely to be the last.

    Trojans Guard C.J. Cooper was dishing out assists the way the Colts Peyton Manning tosses touchdowns. At the half, 6-foot-8 Grant Jerrett had 18 points, perfect from every corner of the floor, burnishing his ranking as one of the nations top players, according to ESPNs national rankings.

    Yet the Trojans are an unselfish team. Also in the half, Kevin Payne poured in four 3-three pointers for 12 points and Bruce English collected nine points. Xavier Jones, the Trojans 6-foot-8 center helped key the Trojans potent fast break.

    If the real Trojans from antiquity had these guys on their side, they might never have lost to the Greeks in the Trojan War. If former USC coach Pete Carroll had these same players, he might still be in Los Angeles.

    The only thing that slowed down the Trojans on Tuesday was the running clock in the second half, and Coach Earl Cooper who only ran his first unit two quarters. Trouble is, the second unit also boasts solid scorers and play makers such as Jay Miller, who scored eight, and Nick Colletta, another silky shooter, who had 11.

    Last year, the Trojans had similar regularseason walkovers before losing in the Division 5 finals. Cooper is using that loss to motivate his players. Im trying to get them to stay focused, Coach Cooper said. Were winning big.

    The Trojans boast several gifted shooters, but against Upland Christian they never had to turn up the defensive intensity. If they had, they could have easily scored in triple digits. I cant do that, Cooper said. I spend most of the time trying to figure out how not to run up the score and still play hard.

    Its a hard thing to do.

    At the start of the game, the Trojans pressed and trapped, but after sprinting out to a quick lead, Cooper took off the heat. To Coopers credit, he scheduled a highly competitive preseason for his team, facing such quality opponents as Dorsey, Centennial, Clovis East, Bishop Gorman and Leuzinger. Now in league, its as if the Trojans are victims of their own success. With no one to challenge them, they have to wait for the playoffs where the intensity of play will again ratchet up and test the talented team.

    Despite another remarkable performance turned in by the Trojans, there were few fans in the stands to appreciate their mastery, sort of like Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel by himself. Of course, only about 150 students attend La Verne Lutheran. Regardless, the schools basketball I.Q. is off the charts.

    We had about 60 people here, thats a good number given the size of the school, Cooper said. Thats a better percentage than if 200 people turned out from a school with 3,000 students.

    On the Trojans quick start, Cooper said, It kind of shows you what we can do. But as I tell the kids, were not here to run the score up. Were just trying to stay focused so we can prepare for the playoffs.

    Again, to his credit, Coopers team on any given night could be up by 40 points, but if he sees an effort he doesnt like, hes off the bench and getting on the offending player.

    If you get beat to the basket or have a mental lapse, youll be sitting with me until I can correct the problem, Cooper said.

    Whats scary for opponents is the nationally-ranked Jerrett is just a sophomore. Hes not going away any time soon. In fact, everyone who stepped on the floor for the Trojans on Tuesday is coming back next year. Jones, a junior, is rated the fifth best center for his age group in California, according to Cooper. As for pure athleticism, again the Trojans are blessed. Everyone on the team can get above the rim and dunk.

    Slam dunks and great athleticism can take a team a long way. But it will take a special coach, not unlike Phil Jackson when he was coaching the Chicago Bulls and now the Los Angeles Lakers, to harness all that talent to win it all.

    Stay tuned.”

  • COChargerfan

    What a stupid article written by some unnamed moron at laverneonlinewhy would anyone celebrate Cooper and his traveling mercenaries beating up on a helpless opponent? How else do you explain why they started the game by PRESSING AND TRAPPING a team that was then 1-14 that they beat by 63 points just two weeks ago? Could someone explain how pressing and trapping equals trying to figure out how not to run up the score? And, they beat Upland Christian by like 60 points both times last year. What a joke, no a really bad joke thats indicative of terrible sportsmanship. Whatever fool wrote that article should be questioning LVLs integritywhich makes me wonder how do the administrators at LVL tolerate this pre-meditated beat down of one of their fellow Christian schools? My guess is because they want the prestige of having the LVL team highly ranked and beating these weak opponents by 50+ points is the necessary poison that they are drinking. Heres the answer for you fellow Arrowhead league teamsdont show up for any of the games at LVLs gym and perhaps they will then get the messagejust a suggestion.

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    to COCharger

    Couple (or so) thoughts!

    1) Has Howland stopped by the CO gym???

    2) I see CO has taken the advice you have given and refuses to play LVL, for fear of getting their butts handed to them – which they would!

    3) LVL would love to get their basketball team out of the Arrowhead – CIF will not allow that to happen!

    4) Coach still has to prepare his first string for playoffs and unfortunately right now – they ONLY way he can do that that is five or so minutes a game against a team like Upland.

    5) Upland was asked to leave the Arrowhead league when Western Christian took over the school, but pleaded for probation so that they would have time to make their team’s competitive.

    6) LVL is not all that – heck they are not even in Fred’s top ten – so they obviously need to prove themselves!

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    to COCharger

    Couple (or so) thoughts!

    1) Has Howland stopped by the CO gym???

    2) I see CO has taken the advice you have given and refuses to play LVL, for fear of getting their butts handed to them – which they would!

    3) LVL would love to get their basketball team out of the Arrowhead – CIF will not allow that to happen!

    4) Coach still has to prepare his first string for playoffs and unfortunately right now – they ONLY way he can do that that is five or so minutes a game against a team like Upland.

    5) Upland was asked to leave the Arrowhead league when Western Christian took over the school, but pleaded for probation so that they would have time to make their team’s competitive.

    6) LVL is not all that – heck they are not even in Fred’s top ten – so they obviously need to prove themselves!

  • >>>

    to COCharger

    Couple (or so) thoughts!

    1) Has Howland stopped by the CO gym???

    2) I see CO has taken the advice you have given and refuses to play LVL, for fear of getting their butts handed to them – which they would!

    3) LVL would love to get their basketball team out of the Arrowhead – CIF will not allow that to happen!

    4) Coach still has to prepare his first string for playoffs and unfortunately right now – they ONLY way he can do that that is five or so minutes a game against a team like Upland.

    5) Upland was asked to leave the Arrowhead league when Western Christian took over the school, but pleaded for probation so that they would have time to make their team’s competitive.

    6) LVL is not all that – heck they are not even in Fred’s top ten – so they obviously need to prove themselves!

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    One other minor note COCharger

    CalPreps strength of schedule!

    LVL 10.8
    CO 8.2

    Way to schedule to big guns!

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    One other minor note COCharger

    CalPreps strength of schedule!

    LVL 10.8
    CO 8.2

    Way to schedule to big guns!

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    One other minor note COCharger

    CalPreps strength of schedule!

    LVL 10.8
    CO 8.2

    Way to schedule to big guns!

  • sgvpride

    To the LVL guy, those articles are written by Eric Cooper the head basketball coach, I bet he feels real proud.

  • COChargerfan

    Nice try pal but the article doesn’t mention anything about CO. Oh, that’s because it is about LVL so you’re dead wrong for trying to twist them into LVL’s act of poor sportmanship. AGAIN, it was LVL that pressed and trapped a team that they KNEW was vastly inferior to them. So exactly how is stealing the ball from some unskilled kids going to prepare a team for the playoffs? What’s next…is stealing candy from a baby going to improve your kid’s hand-eye coordination too? Save your excuses because I’ve heard tham all..and they all stink…poor sportmanship is what it is and this week LVL is the poster child.

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    CO let me tie two and two together for you!!

    Your moniker is COCharger – blah blah blah

    Your bad mouthing LVL.

    Pretty easy when it is written out, or are you still struggling with the tie together????

    Bring your boys over to the gym LVL will play them as part of a DH any night!

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    CO let me tie two and two together for you!!

    Your moniker is COCharger – blah blah blah

    Your bad mouthing LVL.

    Pretty easy when it is written out, or are you still struggling with the tie together????

    Bring your boys over to the gym LVL will play them as part of a DH any night!

  • >>>

    CO let me tie two and two together for you!!

    Your moniker is COCharger – blah blah blah

    Your bad mouthing LVL.

    Pretty easy when it is written out, or are you still struggling with the tie together????

    Bring your boys over to the gym LVL will play them as part of a DH any night!

  • SGV hooper

    Nogales beat West Covina 52-44, south hills beat walnut to take top spot in san antonio league….

  • Eckler is SOLID

    Eckler haters. The man is a basketball purist. He has a great Midwestern Basketball mind. In other words he forces his team to play like a team: unselfish, well conditioned, fundamentally sound and hard working. He yells and demonstrates his passion and love of the game. His lower levels are a reflection of his philosophy. The players develop at a very quick rate and understand that the best players are coachable and therefore play as such, to win. The clipboard drama and the half court antics were a prelude to Bonita’s masterful win against a tough Damien team that has yet to recover from having their weaknesses exposed. Trust me Damien will be the better for playing Eckler’s team and that’s a credit and compliment to Bonita. Having coached the majority of the Bonita’s JV team I can tell you Bonita’s system works as players have growth by leaps and bounds from their pre high school days. Trust me that’s not always the case. Next year Bonita will reload as Eckler tinkers with new ways to deal with his tough division but one thing is for sure, Eckler is a coach on the rise so you better enjoy him before he moves on, because people in the know think he’s got what it takes to keep moving up. BTW is Miller getting any offers? Nice player for sure.

  • daily ref wondering…

    Eckler might be closer to Knight than Wooden, but he gets the most out of his squad and is a genius as a coach. No recruits, transfers whatever, 6’8″ kids…just wins. The system demands exterme effort and hard work, some might not like it or make it, but it works. His teams are just that a TEAM and that is a pure credit to him.
    A measure of his effort & program could go past the wins and be determined by how many of his players suceed at another level. Besides Zlstra who had D1 written on him in rec league, who plays in college? Does the school have a an active program for college coaches? Sounds like LVL has the leg up there, which is pretty amazing for a small school in a weak league & division.

  • Bad Comparison

    daily ref

    you missed that call. wooden was a rigid task master much like eckler. wooden built up young men, some who needed more help off the court than others, again much like wooden. a couple of years ago eckler had a player with talent on the court and a bunch of off the court issues, again much like wooden he was a source of support for the family in their time of crisis. wooden made his players complete basketball players who were well conditioned and worked as a unit, much like eckler. knight was an a*s on the court and in most cases off as well when anything didn’t suit him. also knight abused his on court authority far beyond his players to include old ladies and vases being thrown. surely you’re not suggesting eckler is capable of such stupidity. maybe you’ve forgotten what wooden meant to his players and what knight’s players say about him to this day. knight was ceremoniously fired while wooden like eckler, will leave on their own terms. look up old ucla film and watch wooden take a player to task, it ain’t pretty yet that same player will rush to the hospital at the first sign of trouble. coaching is not about theatrics but about something that takes hold in a player far beyond his ability to bounce a ball or touch the rim. i do see knight’s on some basketball courts but eckler ain’t one. for the most part i see very few knight’s in the sgv.

    side out!

  • Shirley U. Jest

    It’s laughable that you could even use Eckler and Wooden in the same sentence. There is about ZERO chance that Eckler could move to the next level as a paid college assistant. He could volunteer at ULV – they’ll let anybody coach if you’ve seen them play. Wooden would NEVER stand in the middle of the court and scream at a player on his way to the locker room at half-time “WHAT THE F&@K ARE YOU DOING?” – loud enough for the hundreds in attendance to hear. If I’m the AD he’s suspended for a game at minimum. That was WAY worse than the San Dimas coach trying to get an explanation from a fleeing ref and we made a major offense out of that.

  • daily ref

    Bad comparison
    U might be taking the Knight/Wooden comment out of context. Agree Knight is a discrace, Eckler is very intense but not close to Knight. “Watch the film”, Side out?Jim Rome reads the trib! I recall the Wooden years with detail but comparing Eckler to “Coach” is not a consideration. That does not mean Eckler is not a great HS coach as mentioned who has teams that win. If he is a full time teacher, bet he is good at that too.
    Still with the years of sucess who has moved on to the college level? His players seem prepared for more.

  • Eckler’s Solid

    daily ref, next level? other than brock z. who have they had? which only makes the job eckler’s doing that much more impressive. bonita’s lower level coaches are solid as well with miller an exceptional freshmen coach. bonita is a great local high school with a solid fan base and deep community support, if eckler’s half court antics are your biggest worries count yourself lucky. any news about any interest in miller from colleges? one more thing with zach b. out it’s scary how solid this team would be with him in the lineup. the jv team has really come together and put a hurt on allot of teams in their two years together so that bodes well for eckler’s future teams. still think of all the coaches out in the sgv that hint of moving up or have the potential to, he’s tops on my list. just a thought

  • daily ref

    Eckler solid, I am not doubting his talent or how he good he is as a coach, nor the half court antics, that is the others. Even complimented on the prep for another level. I have been clearly positive on him. U are correct he might be best in sgv? Don’t know who zach b is? Do think #25 and 5 are solid are they going somewhere? From what I have seen over the past couple of years, some have had talent like #23 last year? Where do they go? Does the school help with visibility, like apparently little LVL does? What about other sports? I heard about the baseball players from last year but also heard they did the work in club teams.Bonita is pretty sucessful and with good coaching just wondering if the kids ever go on?

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