The Rams Trailed the Nighthawks all Game Long…until the Final 3 Seconds
Murrieta Mesa tailed by three with under three seconds left in the game. Murrieta Valley fouled, forcing Lewis Singleterry to the foul line. The freshman nailed both free throws to bring the Rams within one. For Mesa to win, a miracle was needed.
Singleterry provided that miracle. He stole the inbound pass, shuffled the ball to Devin Fortune who put the ball through the hoop for the winning basket.
Ram fans exploded as the Nighthawk faithful sat stunned.
“We’ll take it…When you play all the way like that to the final buzzer, sometimes good things happen… and we got away with one tonight” said Murrieta Mesa Coach Chris Jones. “We have won 4 in a row and looking to close out league with a win on Friday”.
The Rams have turned the season around. After going 0-5 through the first half of the Southwestern league season, Mesa has morphed into a basketball powerhouse. The Rams have beaten Vista Murrieta, Chaparral, Great Oak and slipped past Murrieta Valley last night. Up next, league leading Temecula Valley.
Murrieta Valley jumped out to a 21-15 lead in the first period. The tow teams went to battle and it was 40-33 Nighthawks at the half. The Rams made it 57-51 at the beginning of the fourth and final period. Murrieta Valley had control of the game up until the final seconds, when Singleterry and Fortune provided the miracle for the Rams.
Juniors Anthony Salek, Bryson Williams and freshman Lewis Singleterry added 4 points apiece. Senior Anthony Salas finished with 3 points for the Rams.
Freshman Damian Ruiz scored a game high 26 points to lead Murrieta Valley. Three other Nighthawks scored in double figures. Juniors Hudson Brower added 12, Ryan Larson 11 and senior center Kyle Greeley had 10 points.
Senior Nico Giulietti finished with 7 points for MV while Anthony Montion added 5 more. Juniors Kyler Anderson and Emilio Valencia rounded out the scoring for the Nighthawks with 4 and 2 points respectively.
In other Southwestern league action, league leading Temecula Valley crushed Chaparral 95-51. Great Oak slipped past Vista Murrieta in a closely contested 50-47 victory. Senior Tej Johnson nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game.
Murrieta Mesa 15 18 18 27 78
Murrieta Valley 21 19 17 20 77
Southwestern League Standings
Temecula Valley 8-1
Great Oak 7-2
Murrieta Mesa 4-5
Murrieta Valley 4-5
Vista Murrieta 2-7