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Boys Basketball: Rams Victorous Over Wolfpack, 58-55

Murrieta Mesa's victory creates a gridlock in the standings as the Southwestern League passes its mid-season mark, while Vista Murrieta upsets Chaparral.

The Wolfpack came into town Wednesday with a 3-1 league record; full of swag and pumped with confidence only to see victory slip away as the Rams held on to win 58-55. The Ram win puts the Southwestern league in a log jag with four teams with 3-2 records.

Great Oak got off to a quick start and led 28-25 at halftime. Murrieta Mesa Coach Russell Ham’s team came out and took control of the game in the decisive third period, outscoring the Wolfpack 18-7. Great Oak roared back with 20 points in the fourth but never recovered. The Rams held on for the win 58-55.

Ham named Khalil Sharpe the Ram player of the game.  

"Khalil controlled the game all night. He had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. He knocked down two crucial free-throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach," Ham said.

Austin Bryant led the Rams in scoring with 14 points. Shane Staton had 13 while Trevon Session and Shondell Smith each scored nine. Andrew
Smith had three points and Drew Santiago two.

The Rams will play the Pumas at Chaparral Friday night. Chaparral was upset by Vista Murrieta Wednesday as the underdog Broncos came up with a big 59-50 victory.

Spencer Benson led the Broncos with 16 points. Anthony White scored 14 and Jeremy Zorotovich was also in double figures with 13 points.

The Broncos will travel to Temecula Valley to take on the Golden Bears Friday.

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