Desert Chapel Eagles face another stiff road challenge

Desert Chapel Eagles face another stiff road challenge

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Desert Chapel Eagles face another stiff road challenge

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The long, impressive basketball season continues for the Desert Chapel High School boys’ team Saturday.

The Eagles, who lost in the Division VI CIF final to Trinity Classical Academy last Saturday, were invited to the CIF State Boys’ Division V Basketball Championships. It’s a tournament for the top teams in Southern California and Northern California in the Division V and Division VI size range.

Chapel, the 10th seed out of 13 Southern California teams, beat seventh-seeded Escondido Adventist on Wednesday to advance to a second-round game on the road against No. 2 seed and CIF Division V-AA champions San Gabriel Academy (23-7). The game will be at 8 p.m. at San Gabriel Academy.

The game will feature the best individual player the Eagles have seen in San Gabriel’s Marcus LoVett, a junior point guard being recruited by schools such as UCLA, Arizona and Indiana. The flashy guard is famous for his speed and dribbling ability, his YouTube highlight reel has more than three million views.

“We’re very proud of where we are and to play a player like LoVett is something our guys can remember,” said Eagles coach Alfonso Alvarez. “If that guy has a big career, our guys can say they played against him.”

The Eagles respect LoVett’s abilities, but believe they have some solid basketball players themselves. The “Big Three” of big man Roman Pellum and versatile guards Taner Alvarez and Jaleel Miles are all capable of scoring 20 points on any given night. According to coach Alvarez, that might be the recipe to pull off the upset of LoVett and San Gabriel Academy.

“(San Gabriel) was there scouting us in the previous game, so apparently they think we’re worthy of being scouted,” Alvarez said. “If our big three all have a big game, which they’ve done before, anything is possible.”

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