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ROUNDUP: Wolf Pack, Monarchs, Cougars, Norsemen win

Valhalla on Monte Vista on Friday night. / govalhalla.org

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EastCountySports.com staff report

 

LAKESIDE – It’s not uncommon for teams with great chemistry to come up with a big effort when a key player is out of the lineup.

Such was the case on Saturday night.

The West Hills Wolf Pack stunned host El Capitan, 69-59, on Saturday in a Grossmont Conference matchup, pulling away in the fourth quarter.

West Hills opened up a four-point lead, then extended that advantage to 12 points in the fourth quarter. The Wolf Pack won for the second time in two starts.

“We didn’t start our press until the fourth quarter so it was mostly half-court zone pressure in the third quarter,” said West Hills assistant coach Brian Hannibal.

West Hills senior Brendan Greene was on fire, hitting 12-of-17 shots on the way to 27 points. He popped in a couple of three-pointers to boot to go along with five rebounds.

Greene, a top player on the Wolf Pack football team, as well, also had five rebounds. He has 49 points over the first two contests.

“I think this team can do some great things,” Greene said. “I feel like we moved the ball very well, which definitely helped me get the ball in the basket.”

Ryan Mailloux, in a starting role, added 15 points for the Wolf Pack, including three three-pointers, while teammate Ashton Avestro finished with nine points.

“I feel super grateful to have been given the opportunity to provide for the team,” Mallioux said. “It was one of our best performances in a long time, so I’m pretty stoked about how the game played out for sure.”

Mailloux came through big time replacing the team’s best player, who was with the Wolf Pack baseball team, in the starting lineup.

“It was a game that both teams are very familiar with each other’s schemes so it was going to come down to who better executed those schemes instead of changing them,” Hannibal said. “Everyone contributed and we played great defense. It was a total team win.”

El Capitan’s Trevor Moklestad had 15 points, while teammates Jayden Johnson scored 14 points, R.J. Lugtu scored 13 points, and Daisean Desinor added 11 points, respectively.

The Vaqueros fell to 0-3 on the season.

El Capitan is at Steele Canyon on Tuesday at 7.

The Wolf Pack will play the El Cajon Valley Braves on the road on Tuesday evening.

 

STEELE CANYON 82, EL CAJON VALLEY 45 – The Cougars controlled the Braves for their first win of the season new head coach Aaron Douglas.

The leading scorer for the Cougars was senior forward Alessandro Pabon with 17 points. Alex Jenkins added 13 points, Joey Cleaves came home with 12 points, and Arthur Simpson would up with 10points. Armondo Aviles and Angel Raposa added eight points apiece, while Camrien Hunt ended with seven points in an all-around effort.

 

MONTE VISTA 70, MAR VISTA 59 – The Monarchs rallied from a 31-27 halftime deficit to down the visiting Mariners on Saturday.

Monte Vista outscored Mar Vista, 24-13, in the third quarter, then held a four-point advantage over the fourth for the final margin.

 

VALHALLA 68, MONTE VISTA 58 – On Friday, the Monarchs fell to the Norsemen despite 21 points from Cameron McKan, which included 12 points in the fourth quarter.

Jayvion Burke added 19 points for the Monarchs. He also added nine rebounds.

Brandon Tully made four three-point field goals for Monte Vista. He finished with nine rebounds, as well.

After trailing early to the Monarchs, who scored 20 points in the first quarter, the Norsemen (3-0) held Monte Vista to just eight points in the second quarter.

The Norsemen were led by junior Josue Amayam who scored 24 points, while teammates Nate Shahatit and Joe Avalos both added 14 points.

The Norsemen play Santana on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at home.

 

SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 80, HELIX 31 – The Eagles drubbed the Highlanders on Saturday, although the Highlanders recorded several steals in the game.

SFC led 6-1 and 28-4 as Helix never got on track.

Highlander Bona O’Quin had a pair of steals that he converted into baskets.

It was 55-13 in the third quarter.

Diego Salcido had a three-pointer for Helix to make it 59-20.

Quintin Pino and Payton Steele also contributed to the theft department.

Helix reportedly shot just 24 percent from the field.

 

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