The Broncos Cant Stop the Yellowjackets’ Fourth Period Surge
Vista Murrieta could not stop the Yellowjackets’ 23 point surge in the final period of Friday night’s CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championship Semifinal game. The Broncos fell 64-58 to top seeded Oxnard.
The Broncos seemed to have things in hand until late in the third period when things began to unravel in front of a packed hometown crowd.
Vista Murrieta jumped out to a 16-12 lead in the first period behind the aggressive play of PJ Slaugher. The senior scored 8 points in that period before an injury put him out of the game and sent him to the hospital. After a solid second period,the Broncos took a 26-23 advantage into the locker room at the half.
The Yellowjackets, who are a very aggressive team, came out even more aggressive in the second half. Someone seemed to have shaken up the Hive in the locker room as Oxnard came back to life.
Trailing 36-28 late in the third period, The Yellowjackets’ Alex Lanns nailed two 3-pointers in a row to make it 36-34. Oxnard tied it all up at 36 each with 2:24 left in the period and then went ahead on Tanner Gray‘s 3-pointer.
Oxnard took control of the momentum of the game from there. The Broncos kept it close, Nate Duran carried the team in the final period. He drove to the basket and converted on three, 3-point plays.
Duran scored 11 points in the period, but they were just not enough… as Oxnard closed out the game with seven unanswered points to win the game. The Yellowjackets will advance to the CIF Southern Section Championship Game against Capistrano Valley.
Duran led the Broncos with 21 points in the final game of the 2017 season. Ravi Alston added 11 more, Trevor Sergent and PJ Slaughter scored 8 points each and Michael Carongcong was held to 6. Kyle Greeley put 3 up on the scoreboard for Vista Murrieta.
The Yellowjackets scoring was an all senior affair. Mason Johnson led all scorers with 23 points, Brycen Wight added 21 and Alex Lanns also scored in doubles figures with 11. Tanner Gray added 7 more and center Edwin Magana dropped in 2.
“This is the best team in the school’s history” said Vista Murrieta Coach Andy Rucker. “Both teams did a great job tonight and Im really proud of our guys”.
Photos by Scott Padgett