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Redlands boys basketball tops REV to reach final of Kiwanis tournament

By in Press Enterprise on December 30, 2017

By John Murphy

SAN BERNARDINO — The San Bernardino Kiwanis Basketball Tournament was once the most prestigious holiday tournament around and boasted such alumni as former pro athletes Ken Hubbs, Fred Lynn, Ronnie Lott, Corey Benjamin and Bryon Russell.

But neither that, nor the fact Redlands High has played in all 60 of the tournaments and was taking on rival Redlands East Valley on Friday served as the Terriers’ impetus for a 62-58 win over the Wildcats at Arroyo Valley High.

“We play every game with the same intensity,” Redlands’ junior 6-foot-2 guard Danilo DaSilva said after his 17-point effort. “It doesn’t matter that it was REV; we try to win every game.”

Offered Redlands’ 6-2 senior forward Brian Landon, who excels in football, basketball and baseball: “It was just another nonleague game.”

Oh, what a game it was, especially for those pulling for the team in navy blue and white, the oldest and most tradition-steeped of Redlands’ three comprehensive public schools.

With the score tied at 58 with 1 minute, 17 seconds left, Redlands caught a huge break on an air ball from the wing by Landon. The ball landed squarely in the hands of 6-5 Terriers junior center Daniel Lee under the basket and his lay-in put Redlands ahead by two.

Both teams squandered possessions after that until Landon was fouled with 11.4 seconds left, and he made two free throws to give the Terriers their margin of victory.

“We started making some shots and picked it up on defense,” Redlands coach Ted Berry said of a game the Terriers trailed 9-0 at the outset and by 11 points twice in the second quarter. “It’s a good win, but we have to play them three times, so hopefully we can come out on top when we play them in league.”

It won’t be easy. REV (7-5) dominated early behind […]    

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