East County Sports

Big East not boastful about big wins



EastCountySports.com staff report


EL CAJON – East teams nearly completed a county-wide sweep in tournament and non-league affairs Thursday night…


HELIX 71, SWEETWATER 69 – Helix edged Sweetwater at the Red Devils’ gym to gain a berth in tonight’s Sweetwater Lions Club Classic opposite county fourth-ranked Mission Bay.

The game was tied at 31-all, but AMARI GREEN’s outlet pass to JAYLEN HINSON, who went in for a slam, soon gave Helix the lead.

Later, Green passed to MAURICE HOLMES for a corner three, as the Highlanders held off the hosts.

Holmes had 15 points, while CARSON BAKER added 11 points, eight assists and nine rebounds.

Hinson finished with 17 points and five assists.

AMARI GREEN had four steals.

“Sweetwater did a great job speeding up the pace of the game and we struggle with it,” said Helix coach BRENNAN CASSADY.

The tournament final game will be held on Friday night at 8 p.m. at Sweetwater High.

Helix (7-2) comes in with a five-game winning streak. The Bucs are 8-1 and have won four straight.

The Highlanders are more lightly regarded this season after losing their top player from last season to a prep school.

However, Helix still boasts a formidable lineup that is quite likely being overlooked currently by local experts.

The Computers haven’t necessarily been impressed either with the Highlanders’ decent start, as they sit at 7-2 overall.

Helix head coach JOHN SINGER hasn’t served on the bench this season.

Cassady has served as the team’s interim coach in Singer’s absence.

Mission Bay won on Thursday night, 72-50, behind junior all-section point guard Boogie Ellis’ 28 points.

The Bucs also feature junior Ronnie Latting and shooter Jay Norton.


FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 72, RANCHO BERNARDO 62 – TAESHON CHERRY scored 30 points to lead county second-ranked Foothills Christian, which trailed the 16tth-ranked Broncos, 37-33, at halftime.

The teams came out firing in the first, combining for nine made threes.

The Broncos led 43-35 early in the third quarter, but the Knights led 52-49 at the end of the period.

Rancho Bernardo would eventually close to within a bucket in the fourth at 60-58.

YASSINE GHARRAM had 21 points for Foothills Christian (5-3)

DERRICK CARTER-HOLLINGER had 20 points for the Knights.

Cherry, who had 17 points in the first half, finished with 16 rebounds, while Carter-Hollinger had 8 rebounds.

The Knights will face Grossmont on Friday night at 7:30 at the Grossmont Winter Classic.


STEELE CANYON 65, CARLSBAD 56 – Football state champion quarterback THOMAS FISHBURNE scored 21 points for the Cougars, while GRANT CHILDS had 18 points and GAGE SANDERS had 13 points as Steele Canyon won in the Grossmont Winter Classic to improve to 3-0

The Cougars made 12 three-pointers in the contest, including four from Childs, a junior.

Junior ANTHONY KORO led Steele Canyon with five rebounds.

Sanders had four rebounds, three assists, and five steals.

Steele Canyon faces Rancho Bernardo (2-2) on Friday at 4:30 p.m.



MONTE VISTA 61, CHULA VISTA 44 – The Monarchs win again as TOMMY GALLEGOS had 10 points in the tournament win.

The Monarchs led 8-4 early, then extended the lead to 11-4.

From the Monte Vista darted to a 22-8 lead.

The Monarchs moved ahead 34-16, but the Spartans mounted a comeback and eventually closed the gap to 39-36.

Monte Vista hit a three-pointer to go ahead 42-36, then moments later, canned another three for a 47-40 advantage.

The Monarchs stayed hot from three with another long make for 50-42 edge.

Monte Vista finally took a double-digit lead once again midway through the fourth and then scored the last seven points of the game.

Monte Vista faces O’Farrell Charter Friday night at 6 p.m.


EL CAPITAN 48, DEL NORTE 46 – JAKE PFITZNER scored 20 points, including four three-pointers as the Vaqueros downed the Nighthawks.

RANDY TUCKER had nine points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots for the Vaqueros.

CHASE LOVATO had six points, five steals and three assists for El Capitan.


MOUNT MIGUEL 74, OLYMPIAN 62 – In a Grossmont Winter Classic game at Olympian, the Matadors led 14-10 after one and 35-23 at halftime en route to the victory.

The Matadors are now 8-1 overall but not yet getting a sniff from pollsters.

Mount Miguel figures to be inside the county’s top 25 at this point even with this white-hot start.

The Matadors will face San Diego High in a Grossmont Winter Classic game at Olympian on Friday at 10:30 a.m.


GROSSMONT 48, MADISON 47 – The Foothillers won a thriller at home in a tournament contest won for the third time in their last four outings, improving to 3-6 overall.

Grossmont faces Crawford at 10:30 a.m. for a tournament game on Friday morning.


SANTANA 60, CLAIREMONT 51 – The Sultans joined the victory parade and improved to 7-3 overall with the win over the Chieftains.

Santana faces tough Maranatha Christian (5-1) on Friday night at 7:30 in a Grossmont Winter Classic game.


EASTLAKE 65, VALHALLA 33 – RAMZI SULTAN led Valhalla with 13 points as Valhalla fell to 2-6.

Valhalla will face Scripps Ranch in a tournament game on Friday at 6.



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