Boys' basketball: Etiwanda is in playoff form during 51-24 victory over Loyola
Etiwanda didn't just beat Loyola on Saturday night at the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei. The Eagles gave a clinic on how to play man-to-man defense in a 51-24 victory.
Loyola was limited to five points in the second quarter, three points in the third quarter and five points in the fourth quarter after scoring 11 in the opening quarter.
"Sometimes you're the hammer. Sometimes you're the nail. We were the nail tonight," Loyola Coach Jamal Adams said. "They attacked our weaknesses."
Jordan McLaughlin had 11 points for the Eagles (21-2), who have won 19 consecutive games.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who received doctor's clearance on Friday to return to action, didn't suit up for Loyola and it's uncertain whether he'll play on Monday against Harvard-Westlake. He has decided to take it slow in his comeback from an ankle injury.
"It would have been silly to put him out there tonight," Adams said.
Etiwanda is showing few weakenesses with one week left in the regular season.
"We're just rolling right now," McLaughlin said.
Loyola needs wins over Harvard-Westlake on Monday and Alemany on Wednesday to win the Mission League title.
-- Eric Sondheimer