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BOYS: Gharram, Sanders score big



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SPRING VALLEY – The Monte Vista Monarchs won their second straight game with a 77-50 non-league win over visiting Victory Christian Academy on Tuesday.

Ivan Maynard scored 20 points, while teammate Dyvarre Dawson had 18 points for Monte Vista (2-1)

Cameron McKan had 12 points, 10 of which came in the second quarter, as Monte Vista outscored Victory Christian, 26-14, in the period to take a 39-26 lead into intermission.

“We have really good guards that deliver the ball well and set us up for good shots,” Maynard said. We had some really good looks tonight offensively. Our offense comes from the energy that we have on defense.”

Maynard is a newcomer to the Monarch program but has made an immediate impact.

“I contribute as much as I can to the team,” Maynard said. “There is always room to grow and for me to get better on both sides of the ball. If we stay focused and work hard then we should do well during league.”

Sirr Young handed out four assists to go with his four points for the Monarchs, while teammate Deron Whitley added seven points.

The Monarchs will host Hilltop tonight at 7 p.m.

“We have to play hard and execute the plan,” Monte Vista head coach Mike Tulley said. “If we can focus each game on that we will be fine. When we lose focus, we are not very good.”


CHRISTIAN 65, CANYON CREST 48 – Christian High’s Kobe Sanders scored 35 points as the Patriots won a pool-play game at the Regional Rumble at Madison High on Tuesday.

Sanders scored 13 points in the first quarter, nailing a pair of three-pointers. He also went 8-for-8 from the line in the fourth quarter and scored 18 points in the period.

“Kobe Sanders carried us on the offensive end,” Christian High head coach Tim Brown said. “He played with a lot of poise and he has a great feel for the game.

Patrick Roberts added 11 points for the Patriots.

Jake Tawhiao had eight points, including a three-pointer.

“Kobe Price gave us a great spark off the bench in the second half,” Brown said. “He created some turnovers for us that led to easy buckets and raised the intensity for the whole team.”

Christian improved to 2-0 and will face a 3-0 Del Oro squad at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

“Coaches told me to come out with energy,” Price said, “All I was tryna do is get us going because we are a dangerous team when we are all in sync as we saw today.”


FALLBROOK 68, EL CAJON VALLEY 62 – The Braves’ M.J. Rivera, a junior scored 21 points, while senior teammate Ralph Esto added 19 points.

Jonathan Jarquin, a junior, added nine points for ECV, which led at halftime.

Rivera added eight rebounds, while Jarquin grabbed five boards and Esto corralled four caroms.

Fallbrook came in with a three-game winning streak.

“We played a good game,” El Cajon Valley head coach Ray Mills said. “It was back-and-forth.”

Rivera excelled despite being saddled with three first-half fouls, which limited his playing time and production. He made three three-pointers.

“Our guys played a good brand of basketball,” Mills said. “They played very hard. I am seeing them come together as a unit.

“Defend the box, as a team, defend the box, that is our motto. That means the key. I don’t care what court we are on, we have to defend the box.”

The Braves play O’Farrell on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

“They are a tough, fast team, and good fundamentally,” Mills said.


FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 82, TEMECULA VALLEY 56 – The Knights’ Yassine Gharram led all scorers with 40 points, while teammate Jalai O’Keith added 18 and nine rebounds at Foothills Christian’s annual trip to The Battlezone at Centennial High in Corona.

It was a dominant third quarter by Gharram, who had 18 in the period, as Foothills led 58-35 after three.

Foothills Christian led 27-22 at halftime, as Gharram led Foothills with 11, while O’Keith has eight in the first half.

Foothills Christian led 12-11 after the first quarter.


WESTVIEW 72, STEELE CANYON 56 – The Cougars fell to 0-3 at the Grossmont Tournament game at Olympian High.


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