HS Basketball: Murrieta Valley Edges Shadow Hills in a Dramatic 60-58 Victory

Four Nighthawks Scored in Double Figures against the Knights Friday Night

Niccolo Giulietti scored a key three pointer and Anthony Montion nailed a free throw in the final seconds of the game as Murrieta Valley edged out Shadow Hills in a dramatic 60-58 victory Friday night. The win improved the Division 3AA Nighthawks’ record to 7-3 this season under new head coach Brian Wethers. The Knights fell to 10-3.

Shadow Hills jumped out to a 18-10 lead in the first period as the Nighthawks just could not find the basket. That all changed in the second period. Murrieta Valley’s Ryan Larson dropped in three 3-pointers as the Nighthawks scored 26 points to take the lead 38-30 at the half.

The Hawks were frigid in the third quarter, scoring just 7 points. Shadow Hills put 16 points through the hoop to take the lead 46-43. In the final period, Murrieta Valley’s swarming defense proved to be the key…the Nighthawks out scored the Knights 17-12 to win.

Four Nighthawks scored in double figures against the Knights.  Emilio Valencia and Ryan Larson led Murrieta Valley with 13 points apiece. Niccolo Giulietti added 12 points and Anthony Montion ended up with 10. The senior also had 8 assists. James Karban scored 6 and Donovan Hazen 2 for the Nighthawks.

Kyle Greeley came up with 9 rebounds and had 4 blocks for Murrieta. Hudson Brower and Kyle Anderson had 7 rebounds each while 2 points apiece.

Shadow Hills was led by Jake Abawag and Cole Osgood who scored 13 points each. Jake Shipley added another 10 while Deanta Strange and Malachi Murrell put 7 apiece through the hoop. Cesar Tapai added 4 points.

Murrieta Valley will next play in the Tustin Tournament on Wednesday, December 26 at 4pm. Their opponents in the opening round will be University. The Division 2A Trojans are 9-7 o far this season.

Shadow Hills       18  12  16  12    58

Murrieta Valley  10  26   7   17    60