The Golden Bears Take Sole Possession of First Place in the Southwestern League
The last time that Temecula Valley Head Coach Kyle Armstrong lost a game to Murrieta Valley was in his first year at the helm of the Golden Bears in 2012-13. The Nighthawks almost broke that losing streak Friday night. Murrieta Valley went head to head with Temecula for three quarters until the bottom fell out.
It was a real battle for the Golden Bears. Temecula edged out to a 19-13 lead in the first period. The Nighthawks came soaring back to make it 36-33 at the half, outscoring the Bears 20-17 in the second period.
Remaining composed, Temecula finally broke things loose at the end of the third quarter. Josh O’Campo scored 14 points in the third quarter and Golden Bear defense kicked into action. Temecula held the Nighthawks to 16 points while scoring 22 in the final quarter for the win.
“Give a lot of credit to Coach Brian Wether’s” said Armstong. He is getting a lot out of his players. His team was well coached and prepared…there was a spot in the third period where we made a few extra shots, and that was the difference in the game”.
Nate Jacobson was the leading score for the Golden Bears with 26 points. The senior guard nailed four 3-pointers. Fellow senior Josh O’Campo ended the game with 23 points, making a game high six 3-pointers.
Junior point guard Garrett Schaefer was also in double figures with 16 points Seniors Raphael Allen scored 8 points, Kryztian Walton 6 and Ethan Winter 1 for Temecula
This was a great team effort. Nate Jacobson stands out just a little bit because he was doing so much on both ends of the floor. Garrett Schaefer and Josh O’Campo did a great job for us” added Armstrong. It was a solid team effort in the second half to win it.
Ryan Larson led Murrieta Valley with an 20 point effort. The junior guard hit four 3-pointers. Senior center Kyle Greeley added 12 while freshman Damian Ruiz scored 10 points.
In other Southwestern league action, Murrieta Mesa stunned Great Oak, slipping past the Wolfpack by a point. The Rams used a strong second half effort to win their second game in a row by a score of 56-55.
Southwestern league play resumes Monday. Murrieta Valley faces Great Oak, Temecula Valley plays Vista Murrieta and Chaparral must deal with red hot Murrieta Mesa.
Temecula Valley 19 17 25 22 83
Murrieta Valley 13 20 18 16 67
Southwestern League Standings
Great Oak 5-2
Murrieta Valley 4-3
Vista Murrieta 2-5
Murrieta Mesa 2-5
Photos By Charles McKee