HS Basketball: Murrieta Valley Beats WJ Mouat in the Seventh Annual Tustin Holiday Classic Tournament

The Nighthawks Next Match is against Chaparral as Southwestern League Play Begins

Murrieta Valley tuned up for it’s Southwestern League debut under new head coach Brian Wethers by running past WJ Mouat High School 55-46 in the Seventh Annual Tustin Holiday Classic Tournament Saturday. The Knights made the trip to the tournament all the way from Abbotsford, British Columbia.

The Nighthawks jumped out to a 16-9 lead over the Canadians in the first period with hustle from Niccollo Giulietti and Emillio Valencia. Murrieta outscored WJ Mouat by six in the second period to take a commanding 31-18 at the half.

The Canadians outscored the Nighthawks 28-24 in the second half, but it was too little too late for WJ Mouat. Murrieta Valley finished strong to win their 9th game of the season.

Italian import Niccollo Giulietti was the game’s high scorer with 16 points. The senior forward also grabbed 6 rebounds. Junior Hudson Bower scored 13 points and ended up with 8 rebounds.

Junior Emillio Valencia would score 9 points while senior forward James Karban added 8 more. Senior Anthony Montion scored 4 points and Kyler Anderson grabbed 5 rebounds and scored 2 points.

Prabh Sran and Gershaun Sarowa led WJ Mouat in scoring with 11 points each. Tyler Nelson added 8, Manvir Johal 6 and Kris Malentinta scored 3 points.

Murrieta Valley’s record improves to 9-5 for the season. The Nighthawks have already tied last season’s win total when the team finished 9-18. Murrieta is off till January 9th when they play Chaparral as Southwestern league play begins

The Pumas under second year head coach Askia Geigle are 10-5 this season. Both teams are in the midst of rebuilding their basketball programs. The Pumas last winning season was in 2013. Chaparral is in Division 3A and Murrieta is in 3AA.

WJ Mouat               9    9  14  14    46

Murrieta Valley  16  15  10  14    55