Baseline teams hit the road


first_imgBut out of those, only two – Etiwanda and Los Osos – start the postseason with home games. Rancho Cucamonga (16-12) travels to Hawthorne (16-10), a team Burke said features quick, small guards – the type of squad that has given the Cougars matchup problems in the past. “It’s going to be a tough game, there’s no doubt about it,” Burke said. “Fortunately, we have a pretty resilient group of kids who are looking forward to the test.” Claremont (18-10), which finished fourth in the league, will travel more than 130 miles each way en route to Santa Barbara San Marcos (14-12). The Wolfpack are led by Jordan Block, who averages more than 27 points per game and is third in the Southern Section in scoring. Alta Loma – which got into the playoffs last year when another team forfeited – didn’t have to worry about relying on someone else this season. “The way we look at it is that we have the best league in the division,” RCHS coach Bill Burke said. “Playing in front of a packed house at Etiwanda, playing Osos in a great atmosphere – we’ve been battle-tested. There’s not too much that fazes our kids.” All six Baseline League teams made the playoffs, with Etiwanda, Los Osos and Upland finishing in a three-way tie for first place. The Braves (12-15) earned enough victories to become eligible, and have a trip to Irvine Woodbridge (15-11) as a result. Rialto and Eisenhower also play road games today in the wild-card round, participating in D2AA. Four teams in the area have D2AA home games tonight: Fontana, Don Lugo, Norco and San Dimas. Of those, the Conquistadores have an especially intriguing storyline. The team was short of the 11 wins needed to qualify for an at-large spot, but a 57-53 victory against Montclair in a tiebreaker game gave Don Lugo the Mt. Baldy League’s third and final seed. As a result, the Conquistadores host Crescenta Valley tonight. Montclair still made the playoffs and will travel to Burbank tonight. All games have 7:30 p.m. start times. Also, there is one area girls soccer game this afternoon: Garey hosts Miller in D2 wild-card action. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img When the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs open tonight, the three wild-card teams from the Baseline League will travel a combined 470 miles to and from their respective playoff sites. Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont and Alta Loma will each hit the road in a quest to win a game and advance to Division I-A first-round play beginning Friday. last_img read more