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Posted On: 12/5/19 8:14 AM

  LOS ANGELES – The Heritage Christian and Etiwanda high squads set the stages for a potentially terrific showdown while remaining unbeaten with Trevor Ariza Tip-Off Classic second-round victories Wednesday night at Westchester High.

   *The Heritage Christian Warriors spotted the Bishop Montgomery Knights a 9-zip advantage (via three consecutive 3s) before prevailing, 59-54, to improve to 5-0;

   *And, in the second quarter played Wednesday, Etiwanda overcame something well-short of a sharp offensive performance to topple Washington Prep, 62-40, and go to 7-0.

  The Warriors and Eagles (both of which play in the Dec. 26-30 The Classic at Damien) are strong candidates to be in the CIF Southern Section’s eight-team Open Division playoff field in February.

  They meet Friday night at 6:30 for a spot in Saturday night’s championship game.

  Coach Paul Tait’s Heritage Christian team got strong efforts from it cluster of quality underclassmen Wednesday night, including junior forwards Kyle Frelow (nine points and eight rebounds) and Justin Rochelin (18 points, including four 3s) and reserve guard Nehemiah Gilliam, whose “and 1” with 6:02 remaining tied the score, at 47.

  Senior Dillon Depina scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter while

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