Basketball

The Cougars’ 65-55 win over Murrieta Mesa landed them into Tuesday night’s duel against top-seeded Ontario Colony.

BY OBREY BROWN

For the Record Gazette

MEN’S HOOP SCOOP: Powerhouse Ontario Colony hosts Beaumont on Tuesday … Banning led in wild-card, lose by 10 … Cal Baptist keeps improving … Cal State knocks off UCSD.

Here’s what Beaumont High School is facing when taking the floor for its second round CIF Southern Section Division 2A playoff game on Tuesday night at Ontario Colony High School:

No one came close to knocking off the Titans during a 10-0 Palomares League championship.

Longtime coach Jerry De Fabiis hasn’t watched his team lose a league game since 2014. Colony’s league championship this season was its 14th straight. Of course, the Titans once played in the Baseline League before shifting in a realignment a couple years back.

The Titans have run up a string of 10-0 seasons, last losing a league game on Jan. 3, 2014 to Montclair High School. Even before that, the Titans won 60 straight league games between 2006-2011.

They have since topped that mark.

De Fabiis’ squad, while facing a fairly easy schedule this season, has made beaten some good teams — 80-54 over 24-4 Redlands East Valley, 68-62 over 25-3 Etiwanda, 58-55 over 22-7 San Gabriel Academy, 64-60 over 21-7 Anaheim Canyon and 64-61 over 22-6 Lakewood Mayfair, among its toughest opponents.

The Titans ran roughshod over their Palomares League rivals, eventually beating Valencia, 65-60, in last Friday’s opening round.

Six-foot-3-inch senior Sedrick Altman is, by far, the Titan player for the Cougars to keep an eye on. In an 83-65 league win over Alta Loma, he dropped 51 points on the Braves.

Beaumont, by contrast, won its first league championship in years after posting a 10-0 record to win the Mountain Pass League. Longtime coach Jon Florence relies on his entire roster to defend against any kind of attack.

Jaylen Fordham’s 12.1 point-average and Riley Sutton at 10.3 headlines a cast of nine players that average anywhere between 3 and 7 points a game.

PREP BASKETBALL

(Records as of Feb. 11)

Banning (12-17, 8-6 Desert Valley) – The Broncos were actually leading San Bernardino Arroyo Valley by 12 points in the fourth quarter of a wild-card playoff last week.

A lengthy delay surrounding an issue with the game clock, according to one official, may have cooled off Banning. The Hawks got hot, eventually winning the duel, 62-52.

Arroyo Valley (18-12) advanced into the first round, beating Anza Hamilton, setting up a second-round duel against Bloomington Christian this week.

Beaumont (22-8, 10-0 Mountain Pass) – The Cougars’ 65-55 win over Murrieta Mesa landed them into Tuesday night’s duel against top-seeded Ontario Colony, which had a first-round bye after an impressive 23-5 season.

It was a nice advantage to have Riley Sutton, Seivon Brown and Seth Jackson combined for 27 rebounds in the Cougars’ 37-26 advantage on the boards.

Jayden Fordham’s 14, Brown’s 12 and Sutton’s 10 topped the scoring, which included all nine players that coach Jon Florence put on the floor against Mesa.

Sutton, meanwhile, took three charging calls in Beaumont’s defensive-metric attack.

Mesa Grande Academy (17-7, 8-2 Victory, final) – It took overtime to send MGA out of the CIF playoffs, City of Industry Workman High leaving with a 65-60 win.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(Records as of Feb. 11)

Cal Baptist (13-10, 5-5 WAC) — A 50-point win over visiting Chicago State and a 10-point win over Kansas City University left the Lancers in pouncing position to grab, perhaps, third place in WAC play. There are games remaining, on the road, against the conference’s top three teams, New Mexico State (19-4, 8-1), Grand Canyon (14-8, 7-2) and Bakersfield (15-8, 6-3).

The Lancers are in the WAC but won’t be eligible for the conference or NCAA tournaments until 2022-23

Cal State San Bernardino (14-9, 10-7 CCAA) – A 14 percent shooting edge on Cal State San Marcos led the Coyotes to a 69-58 win, maintaining sixth place in a conference tournament run that allows the top 8 teams.

Cal State’s 7-1 center Dante Williams, whose 10 points off the bench helped the combine total of 40 from Daytone Jennings, Naradain James and Andres Villa, adding 3 blocked shots.

First place UC San Diego, unbeaten at home but just 5-4 on the road, found the Coyotes too tough at Coussoulis Arena.

UC Riverside (8-16, 2-7) – As expected, Cal State Fullerton beat the Highlanders, largely behind Kyle Allen’s 30 points, pulling away in the second half after leading by nine at intermission. Final score: 77-54.

University of Redlands (11-10, 6-6 SCIAC) – Still clinging to fourth place despite a 7-point loss at second place Occidental, the Bulldogs have the schedule lined up in their favor with games against the lowest four teams in conference — Cal Lutheran-Thousand Oaks (7-14, 5-7), Chapman-Orange (9-13, 5-8), Cal Tech-Pasadena (9-12, 3-9) and La Verne (1-19, 0-12).

Mt. San Jacinto (19-4, 4-2 PCAC) – In slipping down to No. 9 in the statewide poll following back-to-back losses, the Eagles regained their balance with a win over MiraCosta-Oceanside. Justin Holiday’s 23 points came off the bench.

There’s a rematch looming at San Bernardino Valley on Jan. 19 after the Wolverines knocked off MSJC.

Staff Writer David James Heiss may be reached at dheiss@recordgazette.net , or by calling (951) 849-4586 x114.

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