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BOYS: Tawhiao, Pats torch Torreys

Kobe Sanders (3) ad Desean Lynch defend for Christian against LJCD on Friday. / photo by Dave Dickens



EastCountySports.com staff report


CHRISTIAN 76, LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 65 – The 13th-ranked Patriots led 22-7 after the first quarter but didn’t let up there… at least in the first half of the Grossmont Tournament.

Christian High’s Jake Tawhiao goes for the ball on Friday. / photo by Dave Dickens

Christian High averaged nearly four points per minute in a 28-point second quarter. The Pats led 50-24 at halftime.

“Jake Tawhiao got hot in the first half and the team did a great job finding him,” Christian High head coach Tim Brown said. “Our guys came out ready to play and executed well against their zone.”

Tawhiao had four three-pointers in the second quarter to finish with 22 points in the first half. He ended the game with 26 points and six steals.

The Torrey actually made a stiff comeback in the second half.

“Country Day was able to force some turnovers in the second which caused our scoring to slow down,” Brown said.

Kobe Sanders helped seal the game for Christian with eight points in the fourth quarter. He finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, finding a way to take control of the game when it mattered most.

Desean Lynch added 13 points for the Patriots, nine of which came in the first half.


EL CAPITAN 82, VICTORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 64 – Jake Pfitzner had another big night, scoring 30 points, on 12-of-19 shooting.

Pfitzner also had eight rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.

Kalen Lavallais, a junior guard, and Daisean Desinor both had 13 points for the Vaqueros. The duo combined for 11 assists. Both players also had five rebounds and a pair of steals.

Blaize Saiz scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He added three rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal.

“We had plenty of game balls to go around,” El Capitan head coach Elias Totah said. “Kalen Lavallais had a tremendous game all around. He was aggressive on the offensive end and in attack mode the latter part of the fourth quarter to seal a win.”

El Capitan committed just eight turnovers.

“Pfitzner and Desinor contributed mightily to the ball distribution and provided a lethal offensive presence for us,” Totah said. “Saiz had a great performance around the rim tonight, finishing possessions with scoring the basketball. I was proud of the way we played on both ends of the floor tonight.”


FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 86, OCEANSIDE 35 – Foothills Christian junior Nico Meza finishes with 20 points, six rebounds and five steals in the win over Oceanside on Friday.

The third-ranked Knights led 19-9 at the end of the first quarter and 46-26 at halftime before storming to victory in the second half.

In the third quarter, FCHS held the Pirates to just two points.


GROSSMONT 66, MARANATHA CHRISTIAN 45 – The Foothillers ran in up in the first half of the Grossmont Tournament game over the Eagles.

Grossmont led 21-11 after the first quarter and took a 38-23 lead into the locker room.

No scoring information was provided.


EL CAMINO 47, HELIX 43 – In a matchup featuring the two coaches that have the most wins in San Diego Section history, Isaiah Robinson led Helix with 18 points, including three three-pointers in the second half, but the Highlanders were done in by the Wildcats’ own Robinson – junior Tyson Robinson, who made 10-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter.

El Camino’s Roy Johnson and Helix’s John Singer have combined for over 1,500 career wins.

Tyson Robinson had 24 points, including three three-pointers.

Isaiah Robinson had a three-pointer in the first quarter but the score was tied at just 5-all after the first quarter.

Travis Otis scored nine points for the Highlanders, while Maurice Holmes added seven points for Helix, including a three-pointer.

El Camino led 18-14 at halftime.


EASTLAKE 77, WEST HILLS 48 – The rollercoaster ride of a season continued for the Pack

After a big win on Thursday night, Eastlake came out hot and practically ended the game in the first quarter with a 29-4 start.

Kyle Dobyns had 15 points for West Hills, including six in the third quarter.

Ashton Avestro added nine points for the Wolf Pack. All of his points came in the second half.

Ryan Malioux had a three-pointer in the third quarter for West Hills. He finished with nine points.

“I was happy we had no quit in us and fought through a horrible start to play even with them through the last three quarters,” West Hills head coach Tim Barry said. “We are struggling right now with consistency in back-to-back games on back-to-back days. Hopefully, we can pull it together to get one more win before a well deserved week off for Christmas.”


SCRIPPS RANCH 55, VALHALLA 44 – The Norsemen trucked to a 15-9 lead after one quarter against the Falcons at the Grossmont Tournament at Valhalla High and still trailed by only one, 21-10, at the end of the first half.

But a 20-9 run in the third quarter lifted Scripps to the victory.

Valhalla was scorching from three-point range early on as Joe Avalos and Indiana Schaefer had three-pointers, then Avalos hit two more before the period ended.

Josue Amaya also buried a three in the first quarter as Valhalla finished by shooting 50 percent from three-point range in the contest.


FRANCIS PARKER 88, STEELE CANYON 20 – The Cougars were no match for the Lancers, as they trailed 54-11 at halftime.

The Lancers jumped out to a 15-0 lead.

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