The Nighthawk and Ram varsity boys basketball teams kept a large, enthusiastic crowd in limbo Friday as they traded baskets.
In the end, Murrieta Valley shut the door on the Rams, 62-51, recording its first win in Southwestern League play this season.
Murrieta Valley took an early 18-10 point lead in the first period, though the Rams played tough and were outscored by just three points through the last three periods.
Tyler Bilton led the Nighthawks with 16 points. Kevin Padlo and Thomas Alexandre each scored 13, with Alexandre dropping in a trio of three-pointers. Jacob Forte had eight points while Mitch Lenhart scored five, Talon Watkins
four and Jordan Williams three.
The Rams were led by Shane Staton who added three three-pointers and ended the game with 23 points. Trevon Session scored 14, Khalil Sharpe seven and
Shane Bryant three. Austin Bryant and Shondell Smith both added a basket each.
Murrieta Mesa travels to Temecula Valley Wednesday night to take on the Golden Bears, who narrowly lost to Chaparral 59-60. The Nighthawks will host Vista Murrieta Wednesday night.
The Broncos suffered their second consecutive league loss Friday night. The Great Oak Wolfpack came into town Friday night and thrashed Vista Murrieta 90-67. It was the second league victory for Great Oak, having beaten defending Champs Murrieta Valley earlier in the week.
Anthony White scored 15 points for the Broncos while freshman Austin Beech had 14. Spencer Benson also had 10 points, Jaimie Nunley brought seven and Tyler White and Evan Roberts scored five each.
The Broncos are looking to rebound after last week’s stinging losses and upset the Nighthawks. Game time is at 7 p.m. at MVHS. See you at the game.