Cal Baptist overwhelms UCR in return to city title match … Prep teams off to slow starts … Redlands wins Fulmer Classic … SBVC taking on state’s top teams.
Don’t ignore that long-since-forgotten all-Riverside duel between Cal Baptist University Lancers and the crosstown UC Riverside Highlanders, a matchup not played since 1999.
All of a sudden, UC Riverside’s 43-1 advantage over Cal Baptist isn’t looking all that glittering after the Lancers won, 80-70, in UC Riverside’s building.
Both teams are NCAA Division 1 programs nowadays.
Neither side is probably headed for a hold on a March Madness matchup, but you never know.
Cal Baptist (3-4) landed Washington State transfer Milan Acquaah, who scored 24 in the Lancers’ win. His teammate De’Jon Davis was a beast underneath, going for 23 points and 14 rebounds.
In that loss to Cal Baptist, the Highlanders (2-7) countered with 18 points apiece from Dikyembe Martin and Jordan Gilliam. New coach David Patrick has to account for a rebounding disadvantage against opposing teams, even though he’s got 7-foot Menno Dijkstra.
It was on to Valparaiso (Ind.) last Sunday for a duel, won by the Crusaders, 82-73. Valpo has reached the NCAA Tournament nine times since 1996, the latest qualifying season coming in 2015.
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(All record as of Dec. 3)
Aquinas (5-3) — After winning three out of four at Jurupa Hills Extravaganza, then losing two out of three at the Las Vegas-based Legacy Tip-Off Classic, the Falcons were set to open Ambassador League play this week after coming off a playoff season in 2017-2018, winning 20 out of 28 games.
Sophomores Sheldon Grant and Nick Hopkins are contributing nearly 36 combined points a game.
Citrus Valley (4-7) — Credit the Blackhawks for going into competitive area tournaments, their only win at the Inland Empire Classic came in double OT against Indian Springs; then dropping two out of three at the Big Daddy Tournament, edging Perris, 69-65.
San Gorgonio (0-5) — The Spartans’ five losses came at an average of nearly 35 points a game; the closest was a 19-point loss to Chino.
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Aquinas (3-2) — Sweeping through the Hesperia Christian Tournament, the Lady Falcons lost a pair, first to Temecula Valley and then against Palm Desert Xavier Prep. Senior Naya Alkhouri, at 15 points a game, is the scoring leader.
Citrus Valley (0-5) — The Lady Blackhawks came up just short against Temecula Valley, 42-40, but it figures to be a long season.
San Gorgonio (0-6) — After back-to-back playoff seasons, this could be a long season for the Lady Spartans, who have been held to 11 points on two occasions.
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Cal State San Bernardino (4-3, 1-2) — Cal State Los Angeles put the Coyotes into a quick hole by handing them their second straight CCAA loss on Thursday night. Two nights later against visiting Humboldt State, Daytone Jennings scored 21 with 12 rebounds, Garrett Baggett drained a trio of 3-pointers in his 20-point effort with Naradain James adding 13 points in a 10-point win over the Lumberjacks (5-3, 1-2).
University of Redlands (5-2) — The Lee Fulmer Classic was up for grabs in ancient Currier Gymnasium last weekend, the Bulldogs beating St. Katherine’s-San Marcos, 80-77, before squaring off against Pacific Union-Anguin in Saturday’s championship.
Joey Sponheim’s 22 points led Redlands against St. Kat’s. He topped all scorers again with 35 in a 78-64 triumph over Pacific Union.
Play in Redlands’ Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action started this week against Whittier College.
San Bernardino Valley (6-3) — The 17th-ranked Wolverines got hit for three straight losses — by a point to Ventura, state No. 2 East Los Angeles and No. 12 Santa Monica — before battling past Rio Hondo, 83-71, at the Anderson Memorial Tournament played at Lancaster College.
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Cal State San Bernardino (2-4, 1-1) — That was a nice win for the Lady Coyotes, 74-52, against an unbeaten Cal State L.A. team. Seventeen of Jasmine Sauser’s game-high 27 points came in the first half. Sauser is a transfer from Cal Baptist-Riverside.
Visiting Humboldt State’s defense held Cal State to just seven points in the second quarter and just under 29 percent shooting in a 20-point loss last Saturday night.
University of Redlands (2-4, 0-2) — Already in its conference schedule, Redlands suffered back-to-back overtime losses, 72-71, to visiting Elmhurst before an 81-76 setback in the Lady Bulldogs’ SCIAC opener against Pomona-Pitzer, both at home.
Against La Verne, reserve Cassandra Lacey’s 22 points and nine rebounds weren’t enough in a 72-63 loss.
San Bernardino Valley (4-4) — As the Lady Wolverines prepare for this weekend’s Santa Ana Tournament, their 95-50 loss to NorCal No. 4 Merced JC had just two main contributors — Nay Nay Watkins’ 20 points while taking 28 shots, plus Tyease Bryson’s 14-point, 16-rebound effort.