By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
GLENDORA – Etiwanda High School’s boys basketball team came out firing with five 3-pointers in the first quarter of its Baseline League opener at Glendora and never looked back in a 56-35 victory on Tuesday night.
The Eagles, last year’s league champions, rode super sophomore Jordan McLoughlin’s game-high 22 points to their 13th consecutive win and improved to 16-1 overall and 1-0 in league. Glendora fell to 12-5 overall and 0-1 in league.
Glendora rarely has been at full strength this season, which may have cost the Tartans critical time to get where they needed to be in order to stay with the likes of Etiwanda, which is one of the top teams in the Southland. But Tartans coach Mike LeDuc refused to say his team’s injury woes had anything to do with its poor showing Tuesday.
“Etiwanda is incredibly talented and we have to play really well to compete with them,” LeDuc said. “We have to shoot very well to play with them and tonight we didn’t shoot well. And they shot very well. When that happens, we’re going to have a hard time competing.
“I don’t want to make excuses. We have to get better. Just because we’ve had incredibly bad luck with injuries this year it’s only an excuse if I use that. And I don’t want to use that. I don’t care if it’s the first game of the year, people are expecting them to be ready and we didn’t play well tonight.”
Girls Basketball Roundup
Etiwanda 62, Glendora 16
Brianna Johnson scored 19 points to lead Etiwanda. Amanda Sifongkham chipped in with four points for the Eagles. The Tartans (11-6, 0-1) were led by Casey Lowden with six points.
Etiwanda increased its advantage to more than 20 points in the second quarter on a follow by Sam Flemming. Glendora didn’t score its first field goal of the quarter until Alex Pink’s basket with 2:15 to go before halftime.
Glendora gave a faint and brief sign it may get back in the game when Wesley Burke started the second half with a 3-pointer, but McLoughlin answered with a 3-pointer of his own on Etiwanda’s next possession. McLoughlin later added a dunk on a fast break.
McLoughlin scored 10 points in the third quarter.
“McLoughlin hit like three 3’s in a row in the first quarter, and I thought that was really big,” Kleckner said. “We came in here expecting to play our best game in order to beat this team on their own home court. So, I’m really proud of the way our guys played tonight.”
Glendora’s go-to man Nick Colletta, who led the team in scoring last season as sophomore, was limited to just six points Tuesday. Colletta was the Tartans’ most notable injury this season, missing several games with a back condition. LeDuc estimated that Colletta returned to full strength only last Thursday despite seeing action in late December.