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Inland Empire: Boys' basketball top 10

Etiwanda and Corona Centennial survived close calls to maintain their leading roles in the top 10, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos took tumbles and Eastvale Roosevelt and Ontario Colony actually bettered their positions with losses.

1. Etiwanda, 20-0 (1) – All they do is win, win, win. The Eagles knocked off a pair of ranked opponents last week, holding off similarly athletic Colony, 66-62, in a showcase event Saturday at Azusa Pacific. Etiwanda also passed another road test in the Baseline League, defeating Los Osos, 68-55. Next up: Today at Mira Loma Alta Loma, 6:30 p.m.

2. Centennial, 16-3 (2) – Roosevelt tried to sneak up on the Huskies in a Big VIII League game Thursday, but point guard Michael Caffey was ready, scoring 25 points in the 59-56 victory. It was the second-highest scoring game of the season for the Long Beach State recruit. Next up: Today at Riverside King, 7:30 p.m.

3. Murrieta Valley, 17-3 (3) – Justin Gudger was held to a season-low nine points in a 69-34 victory last week against Murrieta Mesa, but those things happen when you lead, 21-3, after the first quarter. Gudger, who averages 20.4 points, was undoubtedly saving himself for this week’s pivotal Southwestern League games against Temecula Chaparral and Temecula Valley. Next up: Wednesday vs. Chaparral at Murrieta Valley, 7 p.m.

4. Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, 17-3 (4) – Similar to the Mustangs’ football season, just not a lot of opponent’s to get excited about in the Inland Valley League. Next up: Wednesday at Moreno Valley Vista del Lago, 7:30 p.m.

5. Colony, 12-8 (8) – It’s tough to gain ground in the rankings with a loss but the Titans played Etiwanda as close as anybody this season and are better than their record indicates. They also won Mt. Baldy League games Friday and Monday to run their league-winning streak to 56 games. Next up: Wednesday vs. Chino Don Lugo at Colony, 6:30 p.m.

6. Rialto Eisenhower, 12-7 (5) – The Eagles took care of business in the Citrus Belt League last week with wins against Redlands (81-63) and Fontana (86-32), then lost a showcase game against Richmond Salesian, which was one of the state’s top-ranked teams before losing one of its top players to ineligibility late last week. Next up: Today at Yucaipa, 6 p.m.

7. Elsinore, 16-4 (9) – Perris and Romoland Heritage were merely warm ups last week for the Tigers’ biggest test thus far in Sunbelt League play, a date with Menifee Paloma Valley. Next up: Today vs. Paloma Valley at Elsinore.

8. Roosevelt, 12-5 (NR) – The Mustangs lost by just three points to Centennial, proving they belong among the top teams in the I.E. Roosevelt may have played the toughest schedule in the region, listing Long Beach Poly, Westchester and Torrance Bishop Montgomery on its resume. Next up: Today vs. Corona Santiago at Roosevelt, 7:30 p.m.

9. Victorville Silverado, 14-1 (NR) – The Hawks can no longer be denied. Sure, they don’t run into a lot of competition in the High Desert, but their 30-point win against Victorville Victor Valley and an earlier double-digit win against Rancho Cucamonga speak loudly. Next up: Wednesday vs. Barstow at Silverado.

10. Upland, 13-7 (7) – The Highlanders scored a must-win Friday night against Rancho Cuamonga to keep themselves in a four-way tie for second in the six-team Baseline League. They must have exhaled a little too much the next day against Corona del Mar, however, getting beat, 80-67, at Azusa Pacific. Next up: Today at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.

Dropped out: Victor Valley, Los Osos.

Just missed: Chino Hills Ayala, Chino Hills, Palm Springs, Fontana Summit.