Area Roundup: Riverside Prep tops Barstow in first round of CIF-SS Div. 4A boys basketball playoffs
Looking to make a postseason run better than last season’s, the Riverside Prep boys' basketball team took the first step to accomplishing that.
The Silver Knights fended off Barstow in a nail-biter at home Wednesday night, pulling off a 54-52 victory in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A playoffs.
Riverside Prep is looking to trump last season’s run to the Div. 5A semifinals.
Jared Taylor led the way for Riverside Prep with 12 points, while Andre Maycey and Raoul Churchill each added nine points.
Churchill hit a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter that proved to be the dagger, giving the Silver Knights a 53-45 lead.
But Barstow battled back after that and pulled within two points as Donnie Perryman hit a two-pointer in the closing seconds.
It wasn’t enough, and the Silver Knights (23-1) will head to the second round Friday on the road against Littlerock, which topped Pomona 61-35.
Riverside Prep is currently on a 10-game winning streak.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Hesperia 60, Citrus Valley 52
At Hesperia, Jessie Martinez racked up 26 points with 12 rebounds and four blocks Wednesday night to lead the Scorpions to victory in the first round of the Div. 3AA playoffs.
Two other Hesperia players filled up the stat sheet with strong performances. Mark Jones scored 18 points with six rebounds, eight assists, and four steals, while Xavier Figueroa chipped in 14 points, five rebounds, five steals, and three assists.
Hesperia (19-10) is on the road Friday at Santa Monica, which pulled off a 59-58 victory over Calvary Chapel.
Adelanto 68, JW North 57
At Adelanto, Jordan Malveaux scored 21 points to lead the Saints to victory in the first round of the Div. 2A playoffs.
Izaiah Johnson added 15 points, and Joshua Mayers scored 11 points in the victory.
Adelanto (23-4) is back home Friday against Redondo Union, which beat Bishop Diego 67-47.
Adelanto 14 18 15 21 — 68
JW North 13 9 17 18 — 57
Apple Valley 95, Calvary Baptist 40
At La Verne, the Sun Devils nearly scored 100 points in the first round of the Div. 5AA playoffs Wednesday night.
Apple Valley (16-11) is back in action Friday for the second round against Katella, which beat Foothills Tech 53-50.
Hesperia Christian 70, Samueli Academy 31
At Hesperia, the Patriots pulled off a 39-point victory in the first round of the Div. 5A playoffs Wednesday night.
Hesperia Christian (13-6) is on the road Friday against Desert Hot Springs, which beat Palm Valley 66-22.
PREP GIRLS SOCCER
Serrano 1, Beverly Hills 0
At Beverly Hills, the Diamondbacks are the area’s lone girls' team to advance to the second round of the Div. 4 playoffs.
Behind a strong defensive effort, Serrano topped Beverly Hills on the road Wednesday afternoon.
Goalkeeper Ryann Munoz recorded 10 saves in the shutout.
“Ryann had an outstanding game with some great saves. Her poise under pressure was remarkable,” Serrano head coach Steve Brenner said.
Serrano scored the game’s lone goal on a penalty kick from Jasmine Cordero in the first half.
“It is so awesome to see the girls come together and play their best soccer at the right time. A great team effort on the defensive side, along with our team ball control and our attack by Jaylen Diaz and Gisselle Martinez, were also major factors in our win.”
Following two road games to start the playoffs, Serrano (10-10-2) is home Friday afternoon against Marlborough, which pulled off a 3-2 victory. Marlborough has not lost a game since Dec. 15.
La Habra 3, Granite Hills 1
The Cougars’ season ended Wednesday night at Apple Valley in the first round of the Div. 3 playoffs.
Granite Hills (11-7-1) had a stellar season after capturing another Desert Sky League title.
Chino Hills 2, Apple Valley 1
At Apple Valley, the Sun Devils couldn’t recover from a one-goal deficit at halftime, and their season ended in the first round of the Div. 3 playoffs.
Apple Valley (14-5-2) claimed the program’s first Mojave River League title in at least two decades.
Poly 2, Oak Hills 0
The Bulldogs were held scoreless at Riverside in the first round of the Div. 3 playoffs.
Kendall Ness recorded six saves in goal for the Bulldogs.
Oak Hills ends the season with a second-place finish in the Mojave River League standings and an overall record of 11-7-1.
This article originally appeared on Victorville Daily Press: Area Roundup: Riverside Prep tops Barstow in first round of the Div. 4A playoffs