East County Sports

Scotties’ Flisher, Pack’s Curet nail buzzer-beaters for wins

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Helix celebrates following its last-second victory Saturday at Sweetwater High.



By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com
EL CAJON (12-20-15) — It was the night of the buzzer beaters for East County boys basketball.

– JUSTIN FLISHER of Helix nailed a 3-pointer with one second left in Saturday’s (Dec. 19) Xtreme Glass Holiday Tournament at Sweetwater to knock off Mater Dei Catholic 53-50.

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Flisher tallied 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as the wingman for JAMAR WYNN, who drilled in four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points to lead the Highlanders.

MALIK TAMBWE crashed the boards for 10 rebounds.

“He’s an under-sized post guy,” said Helix coach JOHN SINGER. “But he gets his share of rebounds. He’s one of two seniors for us.

JAYLEN ARNOLD hasn’t had big numbers for the Highlanders (2-5) but gathered 8 rebounds against Mater Dei.

“Arnold was our best player during the summer,” Singer said. “He’s a 6-foot-3 junior with huge feet. Once he grows into his feet he’s gonna be a force to be reckoned with. Right now he’s a big ole puppy dog.”

Helix:  Jamar Wynn 16 (5 reb, 3 ast), Justin Flisher 14 (7 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl), Malik Tambwe 7 (10 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk), Amari Green 6 (3 ast), Dylan Lee 6 (4 reb, 1 ast), Jaylen Arnold 4 (8 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl), Isaiah Wooden (2 ast, 1 stl), Brandon Parker (1 reb).


WEST HILLS 57, TEMECULA CHAPARRAL 56 – CESAR CURET scored his only 2 points of the game Saturday night (Dec. 19) in the North County Tournament when he threw in a bank shot at the buzzer, giving the Wolf Pack a 57-56 win over Temecula Chaparral.

CAMERON BARRY paced the Pack with 28 points, the majority coming on eight 3-pointers.

SPENCER MOYER pitched in 11 points for West Hills.

West Hills:  (late report) Cameron Barry 28 (1 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl), Spencer Moyer 11 (4 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl), Marquell Cool 7 (2 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl), Marco Ovies 5 (1 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl), Kyle Ruiz 2 (3 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl), Bryce Parsons 2 (6 reb, 3 ast), Cesar Curet 2 (1 reb), Miguel Nava (6 reb, 2 blk), Chris Moyer (2 reb, 1 stl).

– TOMMY RUTHERFORD turned in a command performance for Grossmont as he had a career night of 35 points, 25 rebounds, 13 blocks, 8 assists and 5 steals in the Foothillers’ lopsided victory over Eastlake in Saturday’s (Dec. 19) Grossmont Winter Classic contest.

Ten Foothillers contributed to Grossmont’s scoring spree.

RYAN SHIRLEY knocked down 10 points, and JEREMIAH APPLETON dished 6 assists.

Grossmont led 23-3 after the first quarter and 45-16 at intermission. The Hillers blanked the Titans 13-0 in the fourth quarter.

Grossmont:  Tommy Rutherford 35 (25 reb, 8 ast, 5 stl, 13 blk), Ryan Shirley 10 (1 reb, 2 stl), Matt Murray 8 (3 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl), Hunter Gaines 6 (2 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl), Jacob Niskey 6 (2 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl), Dayveion Crawford 4 (1 ast, 1 stl), Jeremiah Appleton 2 (1 reb, 6 ast, 3 stl), Marquise Purnell 2 (1 reb), Jonah Hebel 2 (1 reb), Hunter Mulder 2 (3 reb, 2 stl).

– RONNE READUS provided the muscle with 21 points, 25 rebounds and 5 blocks for El Cajon Valley in the Braves’Grossmont Winter Classic victory over Clairemont.

AHMAD SULYMAN added 18 points and d7 rebounds for the Braves, while JEREMIAH DAVIS grabbed 10 rebounds and 6 blocks to go with 9 points. DMIR WITHERSPOON also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Braves.

The Braves pulled away with a 17-6 scoring spree in the second quarter.

“We’re getting better, we took care of the ball tonight,” said Braves coach SCOTTY JAMES. “We had the least turnovers of the season. A lot of the guys had their best game of the year.

“Readus had a nice game with 22 points and 5 blocks.”

El Cajon Valley:  Ronne Readus 21 (25 reb, 5 blk), Ahmad Sulyman 18 (7 reb), Jeremiah Davis 9 (10 reb, 6 blk), Dmir Witherspoon 8 (10 reb), Hasan Alhasan 8 (1 reb), Hussein Al-anezi 5 (1 reb), Quentin Sanders 2 (1 reb).


GRANITE HILLS 53, OTAY RANCH 38 – The Eagles used a balanced scoring attack to slap down Otay Ranch in Saturday’s (Dec. 19) Coronado Tournament action.

RYAN KELLY popped in 13 points, while DARIEN COSSIO and CAMERON SPITZER each punched in 10 points apiece as Granite Hills improved to 2-5.

JACOB BURTON controlled the boards by collecting 10 caroms.

“I’m proud of the way we played defense,” said Granite Hills coach RANDY ANDERSON. “We got behind early but came back and took command of the game.”

Granite Hills led 28-23 at halftime and never buckled thereafter.

Granite Hills:  Ryan Kelly 13 (4 reb, 4 ast, 1 blk), Darien Cossio 10 (3 reb, 2 ast), Cameron Spitzer 10 (1 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl), David Setterberg 8 (4 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk), Erin Swinson 4 (1 reb), Jacob Burton 2 (10 reb, 1 blk), Dylan Garcia (2 reb, 2 blk).


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Nick Hodge completes a layup Saturday against Hoover at Sweetwater High.

STEELE CANYON 69, HOOVER 39 – Steele Canyon was like rattlesnakes on the prowl as they chewed up the Hoover Cardinals in Saturday’s (Dec. 19) Xtreme Glass Holiday Tournament at Sweetwater.

The Cougars, who previously lost to the Cardinals by 5 earlier in the season, turned the rematch into a rout with a 22-5 second quarter scoring spree.

Twelve Cougars contributed to the scoring.

MARCUS WHITE set the pace with a dozen markers, and TYLER SMITH pitched in 10 more.

Steele Canyon:  Marcus White 12, Tyler Smith 10, Thomas Fishburne 8, Brody Burningham 8, Nick Hodge 7, Javon Nutter 6, Gage Sanders 5, Jalen Sayles 4, Nick Barns 3, Kyree Woods 3, Luis Inniruaga 3, Eric Villegas 2.

– The Santana Sultans took an early 15-9 lead over Santa Fe Christian but found themselves scrambling to the finish line of Saturday’s (Dec. 19) Grossmont Winter Classic contest.

MITCHELL MILLER and DAULTON BARRY contributed 13 points apiece for the Sultans.

Santana quarterback FRANKIE GUTIERREZ grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists.

Santana: Mitchell Miller 13 (4 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl, 1 blk), Daulton Barry 13 (1 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl), Anthony Romero 7 (5 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl), Frankie Gutierrez 6 (8 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl), Trent Baugh 4 (5 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl), Noah Nunez 2 (1 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl), John Bobof (1 reb).


MOUNT MIGUEL 45, O’FARRELL 42 – Playing at 9:30 in the morning did not sit well with Mount Miguel coach JAY ROWLETT and his Matadors.

“We led all the way but it was a typical 9:30 a.m. game,” Rowlett said of Saturday’s (Dec. 19) Winter Prep Classic at Mira Mesa. “It was cold in there.”

DARIAN NORWOOD set the pace for Mount Miguel (6-3) with 18 points and a dozen rebounds, while TREVON ALLEN also rolled a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Mount Miguel:  Darian Norwood 18 (12 reb, 2 ast, 4 stl), Trevon Allen 12 (10 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl), Taj Tucker 6 (3 reb, 5 ast), Chris Thompson 5 (1 reb, 1 stl), Trannell Hudson 4 (4 reb), Andre Cox (2 ast, 2 stl), Justice Chima (2 reb).


HILLTOP 45, MONTE VISTA 44 – Monarchs coach MIKE TULLY said it was one of the worst games he’s ever been associated with. Yet he was only one point away from winning Saturday’s (Dec. 19) Grossmont Winter Classic encounter.

“We had no inside presence,” Tully said. “We didn’t rebound the ball and didn’t get many second chance points. All that stuff adds up as a negative when you lose a game by one point.”

That was especially true of a Hilltop team that Monte Vista clobbered 67-50 a week or so ago.

The key point was playing without DEONDRE McHAYLE, who missed the game with a calf injury.

“One of the standouts for us was SHAI STEVENSON, who tossed in 12 points, got 9 rebounds and 4 steals,” said Tully. “We can always count on him to play well.”

Monte Vista:  Shai Stevenson 12 (9 reb, 4 stl), Bo Rankins 9, Tre Owens 8, Adrian Bass 7, Terry Bone 3, Dylan Ayers 3, Tre Koita 2.


SERRA 47, EL CAPITAN 39 – Leading 19-18 at halftime, El Capitan took a header in the third period as Serra executed a 19-6 scoring burst in Saturday’s (Dec. 19) Grossmont Winter Classic contest.

A free throw by DEVIN DULAY pulled the Vaqueros within a 43-39 deficit, but the Lakesiders’ offense stalled after that.

El Capitan:  (estimated)  Kade Kygar 14, Dominic Iudiciani 7, Carson Tabor 4, Danny Estrada 3, Donald Irvin 3, Devin Dulay 3, Brendon Head 3, Colton Sandoval 2.

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