By Stephen Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter
BALDWIN PARK – Early-season tournament play is usually a work in progress for most high school boys basketball teams.
But for Diamond Ranch, the good more than outweighed the bad on Tuesday.
Ethan Jarrell scored 19 points and Bert Sheffer had 17 and the Panthers overcame a slow start to score a 74-47 victory over Northview in a Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park Winter Tip-Off Tournament pool play game at Baldwin Park High School.
Diamond Ranch, also getting 10 points each from Ryan Talmadge and Chidi Udengwu, improved to 2-0. Northview, getting 13 points from Xavier Bernal and 10 from Oscar Silva, lost its first game under new coach Eric Johnson. He succeeded long-time Vikings coach Ron Rice, who retired last season.
The Panthers, who missed their first five shots and trailed 5-0, used a 20-9 run during the end of the first quarter and the start of the second to seize control before halting a Northview rally with a 15-8 run in the third quarter to seal it.
Diamond Ranch coach Loren Grover: “I thought we gave a pretty good defensive effort most of the game. We still have some things to work on, but I thought anyone who played, is certainly giving their best effort.”
Northview coach Eric Johnson: “They hit a lot of big shots. We worked on trying to get to their shooters, but give them credit, they knocked them down.”
In other games Tuesday
– La Puente’s 62-51 win over Garfield Tuesday, junior Enrique Ramirez dropped 28 points and Cisco Gomez notched 17.
–Christian Espinoza scored 19 points, Allan Li had 17 and Michael Barrera had 14 in Los Altos’ 82-28 win over South East in Bosco pool play
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Fourth Annual Boys Basketball Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park Winter Tip-Off Tournament
Pool A: Glendora, Bell Gardens, Edgewood
Pool B: Thousand Oaks, West Covina, Garey
Pool C: Colony, Baldwin Park, Sierra Vista
Pool D: Walnut, LA Garfield, La Puente
Pool E: Brea Olinda, South Hills, Don Lugo
Pool F: Claremont, Rowland, Azusa
Pool G: Diamond Ranch, Northview, Arroyo
Pool H: Kppel, Fremont, Aquinas
Monday’s round-robin results
Glendora 99, Edgewood 21
Colony 84, Sierra Vista 34
Walnut 84, LA Garfield 45
Brea Olinda 54, Don Lugo 39
Diamond Ranch 62, Arroyo 19
Claremont 80, Azusa 21
Thousand Oaks 74, Garey 28
Mark Keppel 65, Aquinas 37
Diamond Ranch 74, Northview 47
La Puente 62, Garfield 50
Claremont 59, Rowland 36
Colony 83, Baldwin Park 26
Glendora 74, Bell Gardens 37
Keppel 64, Fremont 50
Brea Olinda 46, South Hills 39
Thousand Oaks 92, West Covina 47
Wednesday’s games at Sierra Vista HS
West Covina vs. Garey, 3:15 p.m.
Northview vs. Arroyo, 4:30 p.m.
Fremont vs. Aquinas, 6 p.m.
South Hills vs. Don Lugo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s games at Baldwin Park
Bell Gardens vs. Edgewood, 3:15 p.m.
Rowland vs. Azusa, 4:30 p.m.
Sierra Vista vs. Baldwin Park, 6 p.m.
La Puente vs. Walnut, 7:30 p.m.
At Baldwin Park
Glendora vs. Walnut-La Puente winner, 6 p.m.
Claremont vs. Colony, 7:30 p.m.
At Sierra Vista
Brea Olinda vs. Keppel, 6 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Thousand Oaks, 7:30 p.m.
at Northview, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
At Northview, 7:30 p.m.