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UCLA Lonzo Ball tries to get around USC Jonah Mathews during a basketball rivalry showdown in Los Angeles Wednesday, January 25, 2017. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/SCNG)
USC Jordan McLaughlin shoots from the outside against UCLA basketball rivalry showdown in Los Angeles Wednesday, January 25, 2017. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/SCNG)
USC Jordan McLaughlin gets fouled by UCLA Thomas Welsh under the basket during a basketball rivalry showdown in Los Angeles Wednesday, January 25, 2017. (Photo by Thomas R.
The two Inland Empire natives faced each other three times during the two years when their high school careers overlapped. McLaughlin Etiwanda High School teams won two of the three against Ball Chino Hills teams. Ball won the lone playoff matchup between the two, one marred by a shoulder injury that knocked McLaughlin out of the game late in the first half.
Each player led his team to a CIF Southern Section championship in high school. Ball famously led Chino Hills to a 35 0 record, a state championship and a No. 1 national ranking during his final season.
McLaughlin passed up a scholarship offer from UCLA, among others including Kansas and Indiana, to play at USC. Ball, who was already committed to UCLA by the time he faced off with McLaughlin for the second time, never considered USC.
After beating a Chino Hills team with Ball as its freshman point guard by 14 points,
McLaughlin Etiwanda team won the 2013 CIF SS Open Division championship, prevailing in the title game over powerhouse Mater Dei of Santa Ana.
The following season, Etiwanda again defeated Chino Hills in the regular season in a two point game. But Ball, then a sophomore, led Chino Hills to a victory over Etiwanda in the CIF SS quarterfinals, a game McLaughlin left with four minutes in the first half with a shoulder injury. Chino Hills went on to lose the CIF SS Open Division title game by four points to Mater Dei.
The 6 foot 1 McLaughlin started Wednesday game guarding the 6 6 Ball. USC, which started a four guard lineup, assigned 6 4, 190 pound freshman De Melton to guard Ball.
Welsh streak ends
Thomas Welsh missed his first free throw of the season Wednesday after making his first 29 attempts. UCLA junior center scored a team high 13 points against USC in the first half, but misses the opportunity for a 14th trailing USC 42 34 with 2:02 remaining in the first half.
Coaches vs. Cancer
The UCLA coaching staff was channeling its inner RUN DMC Wednesday night. Steve Alford and all his assistants were wearing gleaming white addidas with their suits for Coaches vs. Cancer suits and sneakers week.
Coaches across the nation were wearing tennis shoes, including USC staff, to raise awareness and encourage people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening and early detection. Although we do not pre screen comments,
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