Inland Empire: Winners and losers from SoCal Regional openers

Before the Etiwanda boys’ basketball team could prepare for the rematch, the Eagles had to take care of the mismatch.

They marched to Fresno on Tuesday and knocked off Central Section champion Bullard, 69-49, setting up a second-round game Thursday at Long Beach Poly.

Etiwanda lost to the Jackrabbits by seven points last week in a Southern Section Division 1AA semifinal. A year ago, the Eagles beat Poly in the section semifinals, only to lose in regional playoff rematch.

Byron Wesley led the way against Bullard, totaling 18 points and 11 rebounds.

It’s the fifth straight season the Central Section Division 1 champion has lost to a visiting team from Southern California in the regional opener.

Summit climbs over Narbonne

The Fontana Summit boys’ basketball team returned from 10 days off to win its Southern California Regional Division 2 first-round game Tuesday night, taking down host Harbor City Narbonne in overtime, 72-70.

The seventh-seeded SkyHawks fell behind by 11 points in the first half but made up the deficit behind 22 points from senior point guard Montigo Alford. Still, they were on the verge of falling behind with 6.1 seconds remaining in regulation after Shailo Leafa was fouled while making a lay up. He missed the free throw, however, and the game went to overtime.

Summit (25-8) took the lead for good when 6-6 senior forward Dorian Cason made one of two free throws with 26.6 seconds remaining. Narbonne, which won the City Section Division 2 title Saturday, then missed their final three field-goal attempts.

The SkyHawks will head back on the road Thursday, traveling to second-seeded Ventura for a second-round game.

Palm Springs cooled off

The Palm Springs boys’ basketball team ran into a hot team, and an even hotter player.

The Indians couldn’t stop Chatsworth and sharp-shooting guard Derrick Hector, who made eight of nine three-point attempts and scored 30 points in the 74-66 victory at Chatsworth High.

In the City Section Division 3 championship game Saturday, Hector scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half to lift the Chancellors to a 66-61 victory against L.A. Garfield.

Palm Springs, playing its first state playoff game in school history, received 21 points and nine rebounds from 6-9 center Dillon Floyd, 20 points from Marcus Hall and 11 from Thaddeus Gray.

Rancho Cucamonga, Canyon Springs girls win openers

The Rancho Cucamonga girls’ basketball team ended the San Diego Section’s hopes of getting a team to the Division 1 state championship game.

The Cougars traveled to Carlsbad La Costa Canyon and upset the seventh-seeded Mavericks , 68-65. La Costa Canyon was coming off a victory in the San Diego Section Division 1 championship game.

Rancho Cucamonga travels to second-seeded Brea Olinda on Thursday.

Joining the Cougars in the second round is third-seeded Moreno Valley Canyon Springs, an 80-47 winner against L.A. Washington.

The game featured Nebraska-bound point guard Tear’a Laudermill of Canyon Springs and California-bound forward Reshanda Gray of Washington.

Laudermill got the better of that match up as well, scoring 22 points to Gray’s 19.

Canyon Springs hosts Hanford on Thursday.

In Division 2, top-seeded Rialto received a first-round bye and will host Canyon Country Canyon on Thursday.

After getting passed over for an at-large bid four years ago, Indio finally experienced a state playoff game Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the experience ended in a 50-41 loss to host San Diego Westview in a Division 2 game.

Jacquelynne White, Kamille Diaz and Jazmin Lopez each scored 11 points to lead Indio (26-4), which qualified for the state tournament as an at-large team after reaching the Southern Section Division 2AA semifinals.