Murrieta Mesa Rams boys basketball began the season on the right foot Tuesday night with a commanding 68-64 victory over Hemet West Valley.
The Rams are competing in the Citrus Hill “Big Daddy” Tournament. The tournament has 16 teams from Riverside County vying for “Big Daddy’s” crown. Games are played at Citrus Hill High School in Perris and Notre Dame High in Riverside.
Shane Staton led the Ram attack scoring 19 points in the pre-season opener.
Trevon Session added 14 while Camry Smith dropped in 12.
Rounding out the Ram scoring was Khalil Sharpe with eight, Shane Bryant with six, Shondell Smith with five and Andrew Smith with four.
The Rams will be without senior starting forward Chase Chambers, out for the season due to an injury sustained during the Ram-Nighthawk football game earlier this year.
“It’s a nice way to start the season,” said Murrieta Mesa Head Boys Basketball Coach Russell Ham.
The Rams play either Riverside Poly or Temescal Canyon this evening.
In the same tournament, Vista Murrieta cruised to a 72-34 win over Moreno Valley while the MVHS Nighthawks fell to Perris Citrus Hills, 48-44.