HS Boys Basketball: Temecula Valley Slips Past Vista Murrieta 62-60

Nate Jacobson Scores 23 Points to lead the Golden Bears over the Broncos

The outcome came down to the last play of the game. With 1.7 seconds left in the game, Vista Murrieta had the ball out of bounds under their basket. The Broncos sent in a play designed to tie it all up or even win it all. The ball rattled around the hoop, went in…and out. Game over.

Temecula Valley survived the Bronco fourth period charge and slipped past Vista Murrieta 62-60. The Golden Bears are tied with Murrieta Mesa for first place in the Southwestern league after 6 games.

“Great game, both teams played really hard and showed great desire to win” said Vista Murrieta Coach Andy Rucker. “I had a good idea that it would come down to the wire and free throws might determine the game… we had a bit of a struggle at the line to finish the game, but I’m very, very proud of our guys in how hard the played and the effort they gave to win against a really good team”.

Both teams scored 18 points in the opening period. The Broncos took a slim 2 point lead into the half at 32-30. Temecula Valley then jumped out to a 52-45 lead in third period but the tenacious Broncos fought back to nearly win it in the fourth.

Nate Jacobson led the Golden bears with 23 points. Kryztian Walton added 14 more, Josh Ocampo 12 and Trevor Mcnabb 9 points.

Anthony Smith was the scoring leader with 20 points for Vista Murrieta. Mekhi Hill scored 15, Alec Testerman 8, Brendon Newble 6 and Makai Riley 5 points for the Broncos.

In other Southwestern league action, Murrieta Mesa edged Chaparral 54-53 and Great Oak beat Murrieta Valley 59-39.

Vista Murrieta    18  14  13  15   60

Temecula Valley 18  12  22  10   62

Southwestern League Standings

Temecula Valley 5-1

Murrieta Mesa 5-1

Great Oak 4-2

Vista Murrieta 2-4

Murrieta Valley 2-4

Chaparral 0-6