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BOYS: Monarchs’ Tully tallies in rally




EastCountySports.com staff report


SPRING VALLEY – Monte Vista star Brandon Tully didn’t start Friday night’s game but he certainly helped finish it.

Tully came off the bench to score 25 points, including three three-point field goals, as the Monarchs won against the Braves, 75-59, and improved to 3-1 in Grossmont Valley League play.

El Cajon Valley blitzed the Monarchs early, leading 18-6 after the first quarter, but Monte Vista outscored the Braves 20-6 in the second quarter.

Tully had a trey and made 5-of-6 from the line in the second quarter.

“This team feeds off good energy plays no matter who makes them,” Tully said. “I’ve very proud of how we have played lately and pulled together as a team.”

The Monarchs tallied 49 points in the second half.

Tully scored 10 points in the third quarter.

Tully hit two threes in the fourth. He finished with seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

“The start to the season was rough but everyone is focused and buying into the plan of playing hard and playing together,” Tully said. “We’ve become so much better over the last two weeks, we’re almost a whole new team.”

Deron Whitley had 10 points for Monte Vista.

Isaiah Hilke had 10 points and 14 rebounds for Monte Vista (5-13)

“We turned it up after the first half knowing we had to play hard and smarter basketball in order to execute and win,” Hilke said. “Brandon and I work well together on the court ad that takes a lot of time and work on and off the court, in practice, and even in the backyard.”

Cameron McKan had nine points, including a three-pointer for the Monarchs.

Armondo Rasing finished with eight points, nailing a pair of triples in the fourth.


VALHALLA 65, WEST HILLS 53 – Senior Joe Avalos of the Norsemen put on a winning shooting display as East County’s top marksman from downtown.

Avalos had eight three-pointers to lift Valhalla to the win.

Valhalla also got 13 points from senior Nate Shahati

“They just had guys that were better than us tonight,” West Hills head coach Tim Barry said. “We are a team searching for an identity right now and hopefully the answer will come soon.”


MOUNT MIGUEL 45, EL CAPITAN 42 – The Vaqueros turned up the defense on Senior Night which gave them a big chance to upset the Matadors and earn their first win of the season.

However, the Matadors were able to come out with a victory on the road.

R.J. Lugtu was impossible with 24 of the Vaqueros 42 points.

Daisean Desinor added 10 points for El Capitan, which fell to 0-3 in the Grossmont Valley League.

Mount Miguel led 16-10 after one quarter but held just a 22-21 lead at halftime.

The Matadors led by three entering the fourth.

The Vaqueros play Santana on the road next Tuesday at 6.


STEELE CANYON 62, HELIX 55 – The Cougars knocked off the Highlanders on the road for another minor upset but the win moved Steele Canyon to 3-1 in the Grossmont Hills League, so expect the unexpected in this circuit.

Angel Raposa scored 22 points and grabbed three rebounds for Steele Canyon.

A.Z. Simpson added 12 points and four rebounds for the Cougars.

The game was knotted at 31-all at halftime, but Steele held a three-point lead after three.

The Cougars actually build a double-digit lead after the halfway point of the third quarter as Helix posted a mild rally.

Next up for the Cougars is a home matchup with Grossmont on Tuesday evening.


GRANITE HILLS 60, GROSSMONT 52 – The Eagles earned a huge road win at Grossmont on Friday night to keep their great season rolling.

No statistical information regarding the game was available.

Granite Hills is maybe the East County’s hottest team but they have amassed their success and their wins quietly.

The Eagles recently had a long winning streak snapped but they bounced back nicely with this road win in a league full of contenders.

Given the parity in the East County, the Eagles can claim to be among the area’s best teams, as no team locally has emerged as the best club.

In fact, the local media poll hasn’t cast one single vote for an East County team in each of the last two weekly polls.


FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 66, FRANCIS PARKER 52 – The Knights were winners against the Lancers on the road as Darrien Carter-Hollinger scored 23 points for FCHS, including six three-pointers.

Josh Nafarrette scored 20 points for Foothills Christian, as he made six treys as well, as the Knights put on a bit of a shooting display with their top two scorers on the night.

Derrius Carter-Hollinger added 16 points for the Knights and combined with his brother for 19 total rebounds.

The game got off to a quick start but in the favor of Parker, who built an early lead but the Knights turned up the defense big time in the second half, moving to 3-4 in league play.


MISSION BAY 74, CHRISTIAN 43 – The talented Bucs came to El Cajon and won comfortably on Friday night after building a 30-10 halftime lead.

Patrick Perez finished with a team-high 13 points for the Patriots. He made a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Christian kept firing, making seven treys in the second half, including a pair from Junior Nelson.

J.J. Perez also had a three-pointer in the second half for CHS.



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