East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Helix wins, three teams upset

Granite Hills puts up a shot over Calipatria on Friday night. / photo by Dave Dickens
Helix and Monte Vista battle for a loose ball on Friday night.


EastCountySports.com staff report

SPRING VALLEY – The Helix Highlanders dominated the opening quarter, holding the host Monte Vista Monarchs to just three points, and continued on for a 54-38 win between the Grossmont Conference foes on Friday night.

The Scotties put up 18 points over the first eight minutes, including three-pointers by juniors JADYN JAMES and NICK CARLSON for a 15-point lead after one period and then Helix led 25-15 at halftime.

Helix junior JAHARI HILL was instrumental in putting the game in the win column for the Highlanders in the second half.

Helix’s JAHARI HILL, battles with Monte Vista’s JAVON BROOKS (20) and TOMMY GALLEGOS

Hill had six points in the third quarter and 13 of his team-high 17 points after halftime.

Six-foot-4 Highlander sophomore KAI JESSE added 11 points on the evening.

Junior MAURICE HOLMES finished with 10 points for the Scotties.

Senior forward DEMARCUS MCKAN had 15 points for Monte Vista, which trailed 39-28 entering the fourth quarter.

Senior forward DERRICK WILEY had 12 points for the Monarchs, including six in the fourth quarter, as the Monarchs tried to get the lead under double-digits.

Sophomore guard ERNIE ARAMBULA had a three-pointer in the third quarter for the Monarchs.

The Highlanders improved to 10-8, while the Monarchs fell to 7-10.

CALIPATRIA 47, GRANITE HILLS 45 – The Granite Hills Eagles led for nearly the entire game against the visiting Hornets except for the final moments.

JOHN YAKOU got Granite Hills to a hot start, burying three three-pointers in the opening eight minutes, as the Eagles led 13-8 after one.

Granite Hills’ McKay Roberts dishes a pass on Friday.

Granite Hills’ MCKAY ROBERTS had a trey in the second quarter, but Calipatria battled to trailed just 22-21 at halftime.

Yakou had a steal and drive for a score, which he converted into a three-point play following a foul, then canned another trey in the third quarter.

The Eagles HUNTER PIKE added a field goal late in the third quarter, as Granite clinged to a 38-36 lead after three.

JOHN VRSICH had 10 points for the Eagles.

The Hornets were particularly effective on the offensive glass, converted several wide-open rebounds into scores.

SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 57, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 53 – Maybe it was an upset but the 11th-ranked Santa Fe Christian Eagles are playing some of the best basketball in the county right now.

Currently fourth in the overall computer power rankings locally, Santa Fe Christian handed the Knights their first Coastal League loss in 707 days.

Eagles fast-rising sophomore Hayden Gray had a steal and layup with 43.5 seconds left to put SFC in front for a 54-53 lead.

SANTANA 56, VICTORY CHRISTIAN 47 – Santana’s DESMOND WILLIAMS had 20 points and teammate BRANDON SIMMONS added 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Sultans won their third-straight game.

Santana led 33-21 at halftime.

ESCONDIDO 68, MOUNT MIGUEL 48 – Visiting Escondido shocked the host Matadors.

The Cougars led by 11 at halftime and by 15 after three quarters.

Mount Miguel slipped to 11-5.

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