Cal State San Bernardino head for Stanislaus State and Humboldt State in this week’s California Collegiate Athletic Association chase, seeking its fourth straight win.

Coming off a 75-67 win over visiting San Francisco State, the second place Coyotes (17-4, 12-3) have lost two of their three games to first place UC San Diego.

Against San Francisco State last Saturday afternoon, California Baptist University transfer Jeremy Smith’s 23 points led the way while Andres Villa, Daytone Jennings and Shea Rex combined for another 43 points.

“We’re confident,” said Jennings, “heading on the road.”

The Coyotes’ mini-winning streak began with an overtime win, 95-94, over area rival Cal Poly Pomona.

SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY (17-7, 7-3) ⎯ Three days after losing a key Inland Empire Conference game to Chaffey College-Rancho Cucamonga by 12, the Wolverines exploded for a 40-point win over College of the Desert-Palm Desert. 

One game before losing to Chaffey, SBVC knocked off second place Mt. San Jacinto, 80-61, Brandon Betson’s 31-point effort coming on 7-of-10 from three-point range. Cameron Butler added 16 points and 13 rebounds with Nathan Pendarvis scored 11 and had nine assists off the bench.

Second place looks favorable for the Wolverines, who close out the season against teams they’ve already beaten ⎯ Copper Mountain-Yucca Valley, Palo Verde-Blythe, Cerro Coso-Ridgecrest, Victor Valley and Barstow ⎯ before the regular season finale at Mt. San Jacinto (12-11, 8-3), which takes on Chaffey (18-5, 11-0) on Saturday.

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UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS (12-6, 5-4) ⎯ The fifth place Bulldogs are chasing Caltech (8-11, 6-4) for that fourth and final SCIAC Tournament berth, but there are seven games remaining, including a rematch at Caltech’s Pasadena campus.

In last weekend’s 19-point win over Whittier, Jack Roggin, Hass Berry and Griffin Barker were red-hot, combining for 70 points on 25-of-44 shots.


Aquinas High School heavyweight Dylan Valencia scored a victory in the Sunkist League finals. He won the league title in that division at Grand Terrace High School, thus earning a berth in this month’s CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division tournament at Rialto Carter on Feb. 14-15.

Valencia wasn’t the only Falcon earning a shot at the Easterns.

Michael Cox (132 pounds) wrestled himself to a runner-up spot in his weight class.

Matthew Gaeta (152) took third place and Joseph Acosta (160) took fourth in a league that included team champion Bloomington (4-0), followed by Colton (3-1), Grand Terrace (2-2) and Fontana (1-3).

The Falcons’ roster was limited losing to all four league rivals.


(Records as of Feb. 2)

AQUINAS (21-4, 11-1) ⎯ Temecula Linfield Prep, fourth place in the Ambassador League heading into this week’s play, handed first place Aquinas its first loss, 61-53. The Falcons have clinched this year’s league championship.

The Falcons had won nine straight games, including a 54-52 win over nearby Loma Linda Academy, since losing a non-league duel against Temescal Canyon in December.

Individual statistics were unavailable.

CITRUS VALLEY (12-13, 5-3) -⎯ Tied for third place with Yucaipa heading into the final week of regular season play, the Blackhawks had Cajon and Redlands East Valley on their schedule. The two teams are 1-2 in Citrus Belt League play.

Citrus Valley, coming off a 12-point win over Rialto Carter last week, is seeking a CIF playoff berth for the first time since 2017-2018. That year, the Blackhawks reached third round play in Division 3A, losing by three to Murrieta Mesa in the quarterfinals.

Individual statistics were unavailable.

SAN GORGONIO (10-12, 4-4) ⎯ Unable to hold off a high-scoring Fontana Jurupa Hills team, 92-88, San G dropped to fourth place in the San Andreas League.

With a CIF playoff berth possibly on the line, San G had first place Rialto Eisenhower (12-8, 8-0) and third place Rialto (14-11, 4-3) on schedule this week.

Individual statistics were unavailable.


Someone has to take out No. 1-ranked Yucaipa in this week’s Citrus Belt League carousel tournament, an event that will determine this year’s champion.

No other CBL teams were in last week’s CIF-Southern Section Top 10 polls, leaving second place wide open. Citrus Valley went into the tournament off a 15-2 win over Redlands East Valley last week.

Heading into possible CIF-Southern Section play, Citrus Valley ⎯ which has beaten Cajon, REV, Redlands and Rialto Carter -- rested in second place.

Records and individual statistics were unavailable.


(Records as of Feb. 2)

AQUINAS (16-10, 8-4) ⎯ Locked in a hard-fought duel for second place, far behind clinched champion Ontario Christian, the Lady Falcons overcame a two-point opening quarter to beat Linfield Christian by 14 points, Maya Gonzalez, Hannah Herness and Jocelyn Sanz combining for 39 of Aquinas’ 43-point total.

CITRUS VALLEY (11-8, 3-3) ⎯ Mired in third place behind Citrus Belt League 1-2 powerhouse Yucaipa (19-4, 8-0) and Cajon (15-6, 7-1), the Lady Blackhawks opened up on Rialto Carter last week in a 59-26 win.

Cajon and Redlands East Valley were on the Lady Blackhawks’ schedule in this week’s season finale. Playoff draws will take place this weekend.

Records and individual statistics were unavailable.

SAN GORGONIO (15-9, 2-6) ⎯ Cracking into the San Andreas League’s elite top three of Rialto Eisenhower, Arroyo Valley and Fontana Jurupa Hills (53-15 combined overall records) was a challenge. The Lady Spartans had Ike and Rialto on their schedule this week in hopes of claiming a possible playoff berth.

Individual statistics were unavailable.


(Record as of Feb. 2)

University of Redlands (14-5, 9-1) ⎯ Losing by 17 on the road at Cal Lutheran-Thousand Oaks (7-12, 4-7), the Lady Bulldogs’ SCIAC lead shrunk to 1 ? games to second place Whittier, the rematch set for the Lady Poets’ home floor on Feb. 22.

Curiously, Redlands’ 71-54 at CLU last Saturday was the exact score the Lady Bulldogs posted over the Lady Regals last month.

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