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Behind Sharpe, Corona Centennial has the edge

January 7, 2008 |  7:20 pm

Nanooke Shannon Sharpe is looking sharp (not that Sharpe, this sharp)

One of the most improved boys' basketball players in the Inland Empire this season, at least if you look at his numbers, Sharpe is averaging a team-high 17.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists for Corona Centennial, which plays visiting Corona Santiago in a Mountain View League opener Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Sharpe, a 6-foot senior guard, recorded the first triple-double of his high school career Friday night, totaling 25 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in a 90-68 victory over San Gorgonio.

This is from a kid who averaged 5.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists last season.

The Huskies (17-2) have only one bad ding on their resume, a 61-54 loss to Bonita in a semifinal of the Covina tournament on Dec. 28. Their other loss was to unbeaten Etiwanda. They'll have their hands full against Santiago, however.

The Sharks (13-4) have four players averaging in double figures. Travis Fulton, a 6-6 junior guard, is averaging a team-high 14 points. They also have a 6-9 senior center in Josh Patterson and a promising 6-3 freshman forward in Dominique Dunning, who is considered one of the top freshmen on the West Coast.

I'm guessing Sharpe sticks it to Santiago.

-- Dan Arritt

-- Image from dogblog.dogster.com

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