East County Sports

Aztecs slow Matadors in tourney finale

Mount Miguel goes up with a shot on Saturday night.



By Dave Dickens 



CHULA VISTA (12-30- 2017) – Mount Miguel (14-2) came to Montgomery High School feeling pretty confident, since they had won 8-straight since their December 15 loss at Santana versus Carlsbad, 68-62.

Granted, the Matadors had recently won a good amount of their dominations at home, however, a very quick, speedy and competitive Mount Miguel could come home with an Aztec Holiday Tournament trophy, but not to mention that the host Montgomery Aztecs (11-3) were 8-0 on their home turf.

Unfortunately, the Matadors, for the first time in 8 games, would come up short, 85-75 to Montgomery, which would end up the champion of the Aztec Holiday Tournament.

The first quarter of play started off with a back and forth defensive rebound contest for the first minute of action, as the Matadors got it together and put up 4 points to an Aztec goose egg.

It was in true Mount Miguel fashion that they keep the clock moving and the buckets flowing.

Mount Miguel ended the first quarter with a MARQUIS EDWARDS 3-pointer and the Matadors up 20-19.

With 1:46 left in the 1st half, play was temporarily suspended due to an official who ended up getting sick for a moment and the contest was put on hold for approximately 20 minutes, while the official was tended to, and fortunately, he was able to continue.

Montgomery ended up taking control of the contest with a 45-41 advantage at the half.

The Matadors kept creeping up every time the Aztecs went up by a few.

Senior DERON TRAYLOR was the leading scorer for the Matadors with 19 points, including 5 3-pointers.

Senior JAMES ALLEN put up 17 points for Mount Miguel, and teammate junior MARQUISE EDWARDS added 13 points, including a 3-pointer.

Mount Miguel has had a fantastic start to their season, starting out 14-2 and will play their first league game at Helix (8-6) on January 4 at 7 pm.

All records from the tournaments will not be a factor when the two opponents square off.

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