HS Basketball: Murrieta Valley Crushes Rival Vista Murrieta 54-38 in Southwestern League Play

Temecula Valley Squeezes Out a 69-64 Victory over Murrieta Mesa & Great Oak’s Fast Start Defeats Chaparral 72-56

Murrieta Valley dominated the first half of Friday night’s Southwestern league contest and simply ran away with game. The Broncos were no match for the Nighthawks quick, elusive offense and couldn’t get past the aggressive, tenacious defensive scheme that new head coach Brian Wethers put together.

Vista Murrieta would score only 11 points in the first half. They scored 6 in the first period and 5 in the second. Meanwhile, the Nighthawk offense took off. Murrieta Valley score 16 in the first period and then another 17 in the second to take a 33-11 halftime lead.

Murrieta Valley kept up the pressure in the third, winning the period 11-9. The Broncos manged to outscore the Nighthawks in the fourth period 18-10 to make it a 54-38 final.

Two Juniors led the Nighthawk offense. Play maker Emilio Valencia’s 14 points led the team. Red hot Ryan Larson nailed 4 three pointers for 12 points. Senior captain Anthony Montion, coming back from a concussion suffered in the Ram game, scored 8.

Center Kyle Greeley shined on the boards. The senior scored 7 points and was a dominant force in the key for the Nighthawks. Senior Nico Giulietti added another 6 points for Murrieta Valley.

Juniors Kyler Anderson and Hudson Bower 4 both scored 4 oints against the Broncos and Taiwanese junior Ko Yung Yu, AKA Sam, scored 1.

Junior Harrison Tablada led the Broncos with 11 points. Seniors accounted for 25 points. Trevon Ridley scored 8, Mekhi Hill 5



Alec Testerman 4, while Jonah Rucker and Thomas Fitzgerald scored 3 each. Jackson Rucker and Thomas Fleming nailed a free throw each. Freshman Trajan Cong had 2 points.

League leading Temecula Valley slipped past Murrieta Mesa 69-64 to stay undefeated in Southwestern league play. The Rams are struggling this season as they find themselves win-less in league.

Red Hot Chaparral was stopped by Great Oak Friday night. The Wolfpack jumped out to a 42-25 lead in the first half and never looked back.

Southwestern league play resumes Wednesday with Temecula Valley and Great Oak facing off, Vista Murrieta traveling to Murrieta Mesa and Chaparral will host Murrieta Valley.

Murrieta Valley  16  17  11  10   54

Vista Murrieta   6     5    9   18   38


Murrieta Mesa     15   22  16   11   64

Temecula Valley  16  24   18   11   69


Great Oak   19   23   10   20    72

Chaparral   10   15   10   21    56


Southwestern League Standings

Temecula Valley   5-0

Great Oak               4-1

Murrieta Valley     3-2

Chaparral                2-3

Vista Murrieta       1-4

Murrieta Mesa      0-5



Photos by Charles McKee