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Centurions knock off Wolf Pack

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SANTEE – The West Hills Wolf Pack were defeated at home by the University City Centurions, 46-41, on Saturday.

West Hills lost for the third time in eight games this season, while the Centurions improved to 4-4.

The game was tied 17-all at halftime., but UC led 31-25 entering the fourth quarter.

“I’m really pleased with our progress and our ability to go hard day in and day out,” West Hills head coach Tim Barry said. “It’s been tough with only eight healthy players but we should be getting some guys back next weekend.”

Jake Partington led the Wolf Pack with 13 points, including dropping a three-pointer in each half.

Jake Kelly, of West Hills, added 11 points, including 7-of-10 from the foul stripe.

Meanwhile, the Centurions had eight players register points in the game.

“I thought the two Jakes (Partington and Kelly) kept us in it from the offensive side and the whole team clamped down defensively, we just missed too many chippies that made the difference,” Barry said.

Max Conoway added seven points, including six in the fourth quarter.

Zaid Salem added a three-pointer in the fourth.

Mater Dei Catholic won the Premier Division of the Jeff Armstrong Horsman Automotive Tournament, while Torrey Pines won the Feature Division of the annual Armstrong memorial event.

“We were really happy as a program to put on one of the top tournaments in the county,” Barry said. “A lot of thanks to Horsman Automotive, who sponsors us, and Coach Armstrong is smiling after a great two weeks of play.”

Next up for the Wolf Pack is crosstown rival Santana (0-7) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 

EL CAPITAN 54, VICTORY CHRISTIAN 47 – The Vaqueros scored in double figures in the win over Victory Christian on Saturday.

Daisean Desinor led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds for El Capitan.

Junior Micah Odell added 14 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists, while junior Jayden Johnson added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Vaqueros.

El Cap senior Savigon Yokley contributed five points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.

El Capitan led 18-9 after the first quarter.

Victory Christian crawled to within 32-31 in the third period.

However, a quick 6-0 run capped by a field goal from M.J. Clark extended the lead once again.

In the fourth, Johnson had a three-pointer, then followed it up with a field goal to put El Cap ahead, 49-36.

El Capitan improved to 4-4 overall.

 

GROSSMONT 66, SANTANA 35 – The Foothillers defeated the winless Sultans on Saturday as senior Sergio Franso paced Grossmont with 17 points.

Senior Aaron Velasco added 10 points for Grossmont.

Senior Elijah Williams added nine points, while senior Jonny Towne added eight points for the Hillers.

Needless to say, the Foothillers’ veteran lineup makes Grossmont a league title contender.

Santana senior Jacob Ortiz led all scorers with 20 points.

 

STEELE CANYON 57, HIGH TECH SD 53 – The Cougars allowed the Storm to brew up a big lead early, as High Tech bolted out to a 23-17 lead after one quarter.

But the Cougars got defensive in the second quarter, as High Tech managed just six points and Steele Canyon led 31-29 at halftime.

Steele Canyon improved to 3-2, while HTSD is 2-3.

 

MOUNT MIGUEL 59, VISTA 55 – The Matadors won for the third time this season defeating the Panthers in a tightly-rated and tightly-contested game on Saturday.

Both teams are now 3-4.

 

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