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Corona HS Wins the Big Daddy Boys Basketball Tournament


Murrieta Valley, Vista Murrieta and Murrieta Mesa Play Well


Monday, December 9th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.
Charles McKee
Special to the Valley News


The Big Daddy Boys Basketball Tournament Crown was captured by Corona for the second consecutive year as the Panthers defeated Rancho Verde 59-51 on Saturday.

Murrieta Valley ended the tournament with a 60-43 victory over Riverside Poly. The Nighthawks’ Tyler Bilton scored 16 points, Jordan Williams 12 and Kevin Padlo 11 as the Nighthawks took control of the game late in the second period and never looked back.

Murrieta Valley was 3-1 in the tournament with wins over Patriot HS (72-25) and Arlington (67-57). Their only loss at the Big Daddy came at the hands of Tournament Champion Corona who narrowly beat the Nighthawks 49-44. The Nighthawks have won four out of the six Championships since the tournament has been around.

Vista Murrieta lost to Arlington 76-66 in their final game of the tournament The Broncos fell behind early but Murrieta rallied back and it was 33-30 at the half. The Broncos couldn’t stay with the Lions and ended the tournament 3-1. Joey Diaz who scored 14 points led the Broncos. Jacob Perry had 13 and Spencer Benson dropped in 12 for Vista Murrieta.

The Broncos started the tournament with explosive wins over Rialto (83-72) and Moreno Valley (82-39). They then defeated Riverside Poly 49-43 before dropping their final game.

Murrieta Mesa lost to Perris 60-37 on Saturday. The Panthers proved to be too much for the Rams as they outgunned MMHS from the very beginning of the contest. Josh Rennick led the Ram attack with 10 points. Brooklyn McCarty scored 7 for Murrieta Mesa.

Murrieta Mesa ended the tournament with a 1-3 record. The Rams defeated Linfield Christian 67-39 in the tournament opener. They then lost to Rancho Verde (53-31) and Riverside Poly (34-27).

Corona’s Ethan Alvano was the tournament MVP. Bryan Phan from Murrieta Mesa, and Murrieta Valley’s Tyler Bilton were selected to the All Tournament Team. Also selected were Vista del Lago’s Delvin Smith, Arlington’s Kenshael Spencer, Elishua Jackson from Perris, and Riverside Poly’s JD Builteman.

The Nighthawk Classic begins today at Murrieta Valley and Norco HS. This 12-team tournament should prove to be packed with exciting high school basketball. Be sure to come out and support your favorite team.


 

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