East County Sports

Monarchs continue to mow down Valley



By Dave Dickens



EL CAJON — (2-4-2022) — Monte Vista head coach Mike Tully doesn’t take any team for granted, nor does he allow his players to think any game is a walk in the park, especially in league play.


Monte Vista (19-5, 6-1 GVL) came in to face the El Cajon Valley Braves (11-15, 0-6 GVL).


Definitely, two teams headed in different directions, as the Monarchs were on quite the tear until just a week ago, they were on a five-game winning streak, until just last week losing on a buzzer-beater, 52-51, as Steele Canyon’s Camrien Hunt shot the winning two point buzzer-beater.


Ironically enough, the El Cajon Valley Braves had also just lost their last game prior to this to that very same Steele Canyon squad by much more, 67-40. 


Typically the Monarchs come out fast and play hard, and this Friday evening was no different. Even more incredible was the fact that the Monarch crowd came to support their road team, and a fair amount of Braves fans, as well.


Monte Vista busted out 29 points in the first quarter just to set the tempo. However, when the defensive press is on for the Monarchs, that leads to more offensive attempts, especially for top scorers, Brandon Tully and Isaiah Hilke. ECV came to play, but had only put up 14 points, as the Monarchs won the first quarter. As the Braves made some adjustments to the press with some height advantage to put over the Monarchs heads. It became much closer as the Braves started to find some of their shooting prowess, the score in the second quarter was 18-13, in favor of the Monarchs. The score at the end of the first half, however, was Monte Vista 47, ECV 27.


Hilke put up 16 points alone in the first half, Brandon Tully also put up 12 points that included two three-pointers.


After the intermission, Monte Vista made its necessary adjustments, even pulling off the press, and it worked extremely well as the Monarchs took care of the Braves in the third quarter as they doubled what the Braves put up, 22-11, at the end of the third.


As Coach Tully does often, up 69-38 headed into the fourth, it was time to start rotating in the bench players who also have talent, as well. Monte Vista has plenty of outstanding athletes that come off the bench. However, the Braves did put up 14 to Monte Vista’s 13


Into the last moments of the fourth quarter, however, the Monarchs had put up too many great shots and played good enough defense as well to win in the end, 82-52.


Brandon Tully was on fire this evening scoring 26 points total with the two three-pointers,


Right above Tully was Isaiah Hilke who also shot well, scoring 27 points.


The last game on the regular schedule for Monte Vista is Friday, Feb. 11 at El Capitan at 6 p.m.



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