Workman beats Duarte (again) in Montview classic …

“Imari can have a game like that every single night. That’s a dream player. We have other players beside Imari, who normally all year long have been putting up 17 points a game. We don’t want to call it ‘The Imari Show’, but sometimes the girls get caught looking. I tell the girls to stop looking like they do with Kobe (Bryant). Sometimes they just watch her play and you can’t do that.”— Duarte coach Mark Smith

By Aram Tolegian
DUARTE — After ending Duarte’s Montview League win streak at 39 games last Friday night, the Workman High School girls basketball game was out to prove the victory was no joke … and maybe start a prolonged league winning streak of its own.

Mission accomplished on the both ends.

Freshman guard Leslie Rivera score 25 points, including several clutch 3-pointers in the second half, as Workman took another giant step toward the Montview League title with a 74-68 victory over host Duarte on Monday night.

Workman (18-4, 10-0) led 57-47 late in the third quarter, but Duarte (17-2, 7-2) rallied behind standout Imari Brown to forge a 64-63 lead with 2:50 to play. That’s when things got a little too crazy in the stands as a packed house of Lobos and Falcons fans mixed it up enough to the point that the game was delayed a few minutes while sherriff’s deputies calmed things down.

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PrepXtra Live Pairings Show. Plus story on today’s playoff pairings

Intro: Pac-5 discussion with Aram and Fred discussing whether Amat deserves to be in the Pac-5 Division
28:00 mark: Inland Division and how Charter Oak got a ridiculous draw.
39:45 mark: Southeast Division, can the Hacienda get out of the first round?
45:45 mark: Mid-Valley Division, can anyone beat the top four seeds?
55:00 mark: Northwest Division, Gladstone and La Puente with winnable games?

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN

There were no real surprises following the CIF-Southern Section football playoff pairings on Sunday.

As expected, Bishop Amat earned an at-large berth in the Pac-5 Division after losing to Notre Dame on Friday and Charter Oak, who has been dominant all season, earned the fourth seed in the Inland Division though it received the tougheset road possible for a seeded team.

The Sierra League champion Chargers (9-1) open against Chaparral (7-3), a third-place team from the difficult Southwestern League — a league that boasts top-seed Vista Murrieta.

If Charter Oak is fortunate enough to move on, it could face Rancho Cucmaonga in the second round.

In other Inland Division first-round games, South Hills (6-4) has the almost impossible task of facing top-seed Vista Murrieta (10-0) on the road while Chino Hills (7-2), second in the Sierra, earned a home game against Citrus Belt third-place Redlands (7-3).

Bishop Amat (7-2-1) was extremely fortunate to avoid the top seeds in the Pac-5 Division after sneaking in with an at-large berth.

Bishop Amat will be at Moore League champion Long Beach Poly (7-3) on Friday at Veterans Stadium.
If the Lancers advance, they could possiblly get second-seed Mission Viejo at home in the second round.

“I don’t know about feeling good about (playing them),” Amat coach Steve Hagerty said of Long Beach Poly. “No matter how you want to spin it we’re happy that we’re in the playoffs and still playing.

“We don’t have control over who we play, but all the teams in the Pac-5 are good. What we know about Poly from the past is they’re always althletic and physical, so I don’t know about any of this stuff (of having a good draw).”
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PrepXtra Rewind: Aram and Fred try to make sense of the postseason picture; Amat’s lowlights against Notre Dame; Spartan 03 takes a shot at mock drafts

Sunday’s CIF pairings times and locations, posted here and on the CIF website
At-Large announcements: 8 a.m.
Inland Division (Santiago HS): 10 a.m.
Mid-Valley Division (Covina HS): 10 a.m.
Pac-5 Division (CIF office): 11 a.m.
Northwest Division (Oak Park HS): 10:30 a.m.
Southeast Division (CIF office): Noon

Tom Kiss and Courtney Ponce try to make sense of Amat’s loss at Notre Dame, listen to the reaction

Spartan 03 posted mock drafts for the Pac 5 and Inland on threads so I thought I would share. Everyone’s got an opinion, tell us who you think area teams will get

PAC 5 Mock Draft
(1) St. John Bosco – #1 Trinity vs. San Clemente – At Large South Coast
Notre Dame – #2 Serra vs. Moorpark – #3 Marmonte

Alemany – #1 Serra vs. Santa Margarita – #3 Trinity
(4) St Bonaventure – #1 Marmonte vs.Long Beach Wilson – #3 Moore

(3) Mater Dei – #2 Trinity vs. Westlake – #4 Marmonte
El Toro – #2 South Coast vs. Lakewood – #2 Moore

Oaks Christian – #2 Marmonte vs. Lakewood – #2 Moore
(2) Mission Viejo – #1 South Coast vs. Bishop Amat – At Large Serra

Inland Mock Bracket
(1) Vista Murrieta – #1 Southwestern vs. Ayala – At Large Sierra
Rancho Cucamonga – #2 Baseline vs. Redlands – #3 Citrus Belt

Redlands East Valley – #1 Citrus Belt vs. Chaparral – #3 Southwestern
(4) Charter Oak – #1 Sierra vs. Norco – #3 Big VIII

(3) Upland – #1 Baseline vs. South Hills – #3 Sierra
Santiago Centennial – #2 Big VIII vs. Eisenhower – #2 Citrus Belt

Chino Hills – #2 Sierra vs. Murrieta Valley – #2 Southwestern
(2) Corona Centennial – #1 Big VIII vs. Los Osos – #3 Baseline

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