Posted On: 02/8/19 4:09 PM

  Two of the better half-court defensive teams anywhere hook up Friday night in a CIF Southern Section Open Division “pool-play” playoff opener in Moreno Valley.

   No. 4 seed Rancho Verde plays host to No. 5 Etiwanda at 7 o’clock.

  The other game in “Pool A”, No. 1 Rancho Christian vs. No. 8 Bishop Montgomery, will be played Saturday night at Chaparral High in Temecula.

   The Rancho Verde-Etiwanda contest is a rematch of the Inland-Empire Tournament final played at Rancho Cucamonga on Nov. 17, with Etiwanda prevailing, 72-49.

  But Rancho Cucamonga was without its best player for the game as Jaxen Turner was still playing for the school’s football team in the playoffs

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