East County Sports

Holmes, Highlanders work late for big win

MAURICE HOLMES goes up against Mount Miguel on Friday. / photo by Dave Dickens



EastCountySports.com staff report

SPRING VALLEY – Helix junior MAURICE HOLMES made a game-winning shot at the buzzer and the Highlanders rallied in the fourth quarter to beat host Mount Miguel, 53-51, on Friday night.

Both teams are now 4-1 in the Grossmont Hills League.

Helix goes up against Mount Miguel on Friday. / photo by Dave Dickens

Helix led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the Matadors took a 25-18 lead in the second quarter, then led 29-20 at halftime.

The Highlanders closed the gap to 35-29 with under a minute to go in the third quarter, but a pair of buckets helped the Matadors still hold their 10-point advantage into the fourth quarter.

But Helix had a big fourth period.

“I told my guys I will lead us to this win if we put together a good defensive quarter in the fourth,” Holmes said. “KAI (JESSIE) did a great job of playing defense late. He was a big key.

“JADYN (JAMES) did a great job of being a true point guard.”

“All I had to do was hit the shots that I take every day,” said Holmes, who finished with 23 points. “It wasn’t an easy shot. Hard work Is undefeated.”

Mount Miguel’s MARQUISE EDWARDS had 25 points.

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