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.
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.
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
Temecula Valley 16 24 18 11 69
Great Oak 19 23 10 20 72
Chaparral 10 15 10 21 56
Southwestern League Standings
Great Oak 4-1
Murrieta Valley 3-2
Vista Murrieta 1-4
Murrieta Mesa 0-5
Photos by Charles McKee