Marshall Fundamental’s Shawn Been likely will miss tonight’s Delphic League showdown against Maranatha at Muir High School at 8. Been, averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles boys basketball team, was stretching on Monday when his right knee cramped up so much he had to be carried off the floor. “It was the strangest thing,” Eagles coach Jerry DeLaurie said. “He couldn’t straighten his leg. I’ve never seen a guy injure himself just stretching.” Later that evening, Been saw a doctor who told him he had a ligament spasm, with no time frame for his return. “This is the first time in our school’s history that we’ve had a No. 1-ranked team in boys basketball,” Ravasdy said. “We enjoyed being No. 2 last week and taking on the top-ranked team. “But I’m more interested in how we handle playing with the bull’s-eye on our chest.” Marshall, meanwhile, virtually is assured of finishing third and reaching the playoffs. So, regardless of tonight’s outcome, DeLaurie likes the Eagles’ chances as a playoff sleeper. “Even if we get swept by Maranatha and Pacific Hills in league, those two wouldn’t want to face us and have to beat us a third time in the playoffs,” DeLaurie said. “Hopefully, we’ll have Shawn and Devon back, and if everyone is healthy, we can beat anyone.” La Salle, ranked No. 4 in Division IV-A, is 17-5 and 6-0 in the Camino Real. The Lancers have won 10 of their last 11 and are welcoming back 6-foot-6 center Scott Jones this week. Jones, averaging a team-leading 16 points and eight rebounds, has missed the last four games because of a sprained ankle. Jones will return when the Lancers travel to face St. Paul (8-12, 2-4) on Wednesday. “It’s always nice when you get a scorer and rebounder back,” Lancers coach Steve Goldstein said. “We’re really starting to play well right now, and having Scott back makes us that much better.” The Lancers’ only loss during their last 11 games came against Twentynine Palms, the division’s top-ranked team. Still, Twentynine Palms only managed to defeat La Salle, 53-43, without Jones. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The good news is the x-rays were negative and there was no swelling,” DeLaurie said. “But he was in so much pain I couldn’t imagine him being ready for Maranatha.” The Eagles (16-6, 3-3), already without point guard Devon Jones because of a knee sprain, are facing a Minutemen (14-7, 5-0) squad that earned the No. 1 ranking in Division V-AA on Monday. “As an individual player, he’s (Been) the strongest player in our league for sure,” Minutemen coach Doug Ravasdy said. “As a competitor, we wish he was playing. But with or without him, we have a lot of confidence against Marshall. They’re a good, scrappy team. But without Shawn they will have to play near flawless to beat us.” The Minutemen have reason to feel confident. They defeated Marshall with Been, 60-53, on Jan. 16. And they earned their top ranking by defeating previous No. 1 Pacific Hills, 54-49, on the road last week. In this week’s rankings, three of the four Delphic League teams are in the top four in Division V-AA, with Pacific Hills No. 2, and Marshall No. 4.
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