Los Osos, Etiwanda, Upland finish tied for first

first_imgOr all of them, for that matter. Instead, all three did just enough to win and finish with 7-3 records, making Los Osos, Etiwanda and Upland tri-champs in the parity-filled league. The topsy-turvy Baseline League was close all year long, so it seemed entirely possible that with three boys basketball teams tied for first place heading into the final night, at least one of them could be upset. Photo Gallery: Los Osos High vs Rancho Cucamonga High The three games on Thursday night were decided by a combined seven points. Los Osos beat Rancho Cucamonga 58-56; Etiwanda defeated Claremont 65-62 and Upland got past Alta Loma 57-55. The Grizzlies had to survive two potential game-winning 3-point attempts by RC in the final seconds – including one at the buzzer. A nearly-identical sequence occurred in Etiwanda’s game – although Claremont’s two last-second 3-point attempts would have only tied the game. And Upland overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 2:30 to pull out its victory. center_img At Rancho Cucamonga, the final sequence left Los Osos coach David Smith holding his breath on the sideline. “That, and a few prayers,” he said. “For whatever reason, we always seem to play like that at Rancho.” Los Osos’ Cameron Khoury made sure the Grizzlies’ cross-town rivals didn’t ruin their back-to-back title hopes, scoring 20 points to go with 18 rebounds. Upland didn’t have to worry about going on the road, but the Highlanders still found themselves trailing by three possessions in the final minutes. The school’s all-time leading scorer, senior Willie Trimble, tied the game at 53 on a pull-up jumper with 1:07 remaining. Trimble still wasn’t done, giving Upland the lead for good shortly thereafter on another jumper. The Highlanders extended their lead to four before Alta Loma’s basket in the last second. “I’m happy we showed the fortitude to come back,” Upland coach John McNally said. “I felt if we could just hit a shot, it would get our energy up a little (for a comeback).” McNally liked seeing his players celebrate with the students and fans after winning the school’s first title since 2003. “We haven’t been real successful the past few years,” he said. “We wanted to let the kids enjoy it.” Etiwanda won its fourth straight league title thanks to 23 points from Rome Draper and 19 from Erick Ellis. The Eagles led by 13 points heading into the fourth quarter, but had to hold off the Wolfpack’s late comeback attempt. “Everybody’s going out and giving their best performances,” Etiwanda coach Dave Kleckner said. “Everybody should be proud of the way they competed, regardless of where they ended up. It’s a sign of the strength of our league.” The tiebreaker for playoff seeding purposes will be decided on a coin flip today between Los Osos and Etiwanda. Upland is the No. 3 seed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Takeaways from Warriors’ season-opening win over Thunder

first_imgOAKLAND – Below are the takeaways from the Warriors’ 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.The Warriors’ ring night had a new twist.Nearly eight years ago, Steve Kerr laughed at Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob.Shortly after being part of an ownership group that purchased the Warriors for $450 million, Lacob proclaimed he would hang a championship banner. Kerr found it absurd to make a proclamation for an organization that had not won an NBA title since …last_img read more

Ramón Laureano’s breakout a good sign for A’s in loss to Astros

first_imgHOUSTON — The good news — Ramón Laureano appears to be busting out of his slump. The bad news — that was not enough against the Astros.The A’s will usually take holding the Astros high-powered offense to three runs. But their offense is not exactly at peak performance right now. For the fourth time in their past nine games, the A’s offense was held to two runs or less in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Astros.Laureano was the lone bright spot on offense. Struggling at the plate as he entered the …last_img read more