The Rams Finished Strong but Fell Short in their 49-41 Loss on Saturday
Murrieta Mesa fell to 3-5 with their 49-41 loss to La Sierra in the game which determined who would claim Third Place in the 24th Annual Nighthawk Classic Tournament. This was the first year that the Rams competed in the tournament and the Rams played well against four of the toughest teams in the tournament.
Murrieta Mesa stayed right with the Eagles , playing to a 7-7 tie in the first before falling behind 21-15 at the half. La Sierra would out score the Rams in the third period 16-10 to make it 37-25 as the final period began. The Rams came roaring back scoring 1 points and holding the Eagles to 12, but it was a case of too little, too late as Murrieta Mesa fell by 8 points.
La Sierra junior Jared Elliot led the Eagles with 12 points. Seniors Eufre Ekong and Anthony Teffeteller scored 10 points each, junior Charles Parcon 8, Georgie Nze 4, and his brother George added 3 for La Sierra. Elliot was named to the All-Nighthawk Classic Tournament team.
Brandon Macintosh led the Rams with 14 points. The senior also grabbed 5 rebounds. Senior Anthony Routh and junior Trevon Wright each scored 6 points for Murrieta Mesa as junior Gio Sanders added 5. Sanders also had 3 steals against the Eagles. Junior Elisha Williams and sophomore Devin Fortune scored 3 points apiece and junior Jeff Miller added 2. Fortune led the Rams with 5 rebounds.
The Eagles are in Perris to play Citrus Hill in a non-league game today.
The Rams will be home to face Lakeside on Tuesday and will host Serrano on Thursday. Both games begin at 6:30 pm.
Photos by Trisha Sanders