East County Sports

Highlanders win tournament title


EastCountySports.com staff report

TIERRASANTA – The Helix Highlanders won the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic Boys Division championship game, 67-54, over the Mira Mesa Marauders on Saturday afternoon at Serra High School.

Junior MAURICE HOLMES scored 33 points, including 12 in the first quarter, and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Helix junior point guard JADYN JAMES was also named to the all-tournament team. James had eight points in Saturday’s game.

Highlander sophomore KAI JESSE scored 12 points, while junior teammate SAMMY STEWART added 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers in the first half, as Helix led 33-26 at halftime.

The Scotties were 17-of-23 from the foul line in the contest.

The Highlanders went 3-1 at the event and are now 9-7 on the season.

MONTE VISTA 77, MORINVILLE 48 (Alberta, Canada) – The Monarchs had three players in double figures as they won their SoCal Prep Holiday Classic finale against the visitors from Canada at Serra High on Saturday.

DEMARCUS MCKAN led Monte Vista with 21 points.

TOMMY GALLEGOS had 17 points, including three three-pointers for the Monarchs.

The Monarchs’ KENNY STEVENS knocked down a pair of three-pointers.

“(We) needed something to get on track after losing five straight,” Monte Vista coach MIKE TULLY said. “We were just physically better but really needed a win. (We) need to practice and work on stuff. 

Monte Vista improved to 7-9 and could contend in the Grossmont Valley League.

“We are an energy team thus a wildcard (in the Grossmont Valley League),” Tully said. “When we are going good, we can compete, if not, we can lose to anyone.”

MONTGOMERY 74, MOUNT MIGUEL 33 – The Matadors qualified for the tournament championship at the Montgomery Aztec Holiday Classic, but fell flat in the title game against the host Aztecs on Saturday.

Montgomery (10-1) is ranked 10th in the county.

The Matadors fell to 10-4 on the season but are still the likely favorite to win the Grossmont Hills League.

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