Coach: L.B. Poly ‘in for a shock’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Lancaster, which advanced to the second round of the Southern Section Div. I-AA playoffs last season, will play host to Long Beach Poly (16-10, 8-4) – the third-place finisher in the intensely competitive Moore League – tonight at 7:30 in the first round of this year’s playoffs. Lancaster coach David Humphreys believes the Eagles, who have won seven consecutive games, are playing well enough to knock off Poly and make a deep postseason run. “Long Beach is in for a shock,” Humphreys said. “Some teams take us lightly because they don’t think too highly of (the Golden League), but we’re playing very well right now. “I’ve talked to four or five coaches about Long Beach. They’re a good team. They’re big, quick, they shoot well, and they can really crash the boards.” Although Arnold’s perimeter presence gives Lancaster an edge in the backcourt, Poly outsizes the Eagles in the post. If there was a film documenting Robert Arnold’s senior boys’ basketball season at Lancaster High, a highlight would be his game-changing sequence Friday at Highland. Lancaster led 41-33 with 4:32 remaining when the 6-foot-4 guard blocked a shot, drove the length of the court and finished with his left hand as he was fouled. “M-V-P, M-V-P,” Lancaster’s student section chanted with Arnold at the free-throw line. “Reggie, Reggie,” they chanted moments later, serenading the Reggie Miller look-alike. Arnold finished with 17 points, nine in the fourth quarter, to lead the Eagles (18-9 overall, 10-2 Golden) to a 52-38 victory and its third Golden League title in four years. The Jackrabbits are led by 6-5, 210-pound forward Chris Brown (11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game) and 6-7, 215-pound forward David Chlebowski (9.7 points and six rebounds). Javaughn Espiritt, a 6-5, 185-pound forward averaging 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, is Lancaster’s best post player. Highland (16-11, 8-4), which finished second in the Golden League, is the only other Antelope Valley team reamining in the postseason. The Bulldogs figure to be underdogs tonight when they visit Millikan of Long Beach (16-10, 10-2), the Moore League’s second-place team. Senior Darnell Porter averages 20.3 points per game for Millikan, and junior Deno Anderson leads Highland with averages of 15.2 points and seven rebounds. Highland is without senior forward Chris Hill, who was suspended from school for five days and removed from the team after throwing a punch at Lancaster’s Tielden McKissic in Friday’s game. Hill, a role player for the Bulldogs, averaged 5.1 points and 6.4 rebounds. Without Hill, Highland coach Jeff Smith said his Bulldogs have to play a near-perfect game to contend with Millikan. “They’re the favorite,” Smith acknowledged . “We need to execute nearly every time down the court to win. We played poorly against Lancaster in our last game, but thank goodness these kids are 15, 16 and 17 years old and can rebound from games like that.” Kevin Connelly, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 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