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Nighthawks Classic Update: Wolfpack Cruise Past Tigers, 80-51

Great Oak to Face Murrieta Valley in Finals

Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.
Charles McKee
Special to the Valley News

The Great Oak Wolfpack (5-2) cruised to a 80-51 victory over the Elsinore Tigers (2-1) last night to leap into the final game of the Nighthawk Classic Boys Basketball Tournament this evening. Great Oak is the defending Southwestern League Champions and is seeking to win their first Night Hawk Classic Crown. This is the second appearance in the tournament for the Wolfpack since winning the Kiwanis tournament in 2011.

Torin Webb led the Wolfpack attack over the Tigers with 18 points. Latrelle Franklin once again amazed the crowd as he scored 16 for Great Oak. Jacob Tryon had 14 points and Jeremy Smith 13 for the Wolfpack. Preston Beverly scored 13 points for Elsinore and Trevon Lampkin had 11.

The Nighthawks have won 11 of the previous 21 Classics and Murrieta Valley is determined to reclaim the Championship that they lost to Rancho Verde last year. Coach Steve Tarabilda has won the Classic ten times. "We have a history of the better teams coming in and challenging us every year," said Tarabilda . "Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose."

The Nighthawks jumped out to an early 34-19 lead as the first half ended. Norco came out fast and furious in the second half and closed the gap to 57-50 before the Nighthawks contained the Cougars and rolled to their 62-50 semifinal victory. Kevin Padlo scored 14 points for MurrietaValley and teammates Jacob Forte and Tyler Bilton each scored 13. Bilton also had 13 rebounds to lead the Nighthawks. Jordan Williams had seven points and Reid Bohanan and Mitch Lenhart had six points apiece.

Senior guards Fred Bowden and Jesse Messiah led the Cougars with 12 points each. Freshman Isaiah Cocca scored 10 against the Nighthawks.

The Nighthawks will play the Wolfpack in the Championship game tonight. Asked about playing league rival Great Oak in the finals, coach Tarabilda commented, "Its not my first choice but I love the fact that were in a championship game." Game time is 7pm at Murrieta Valley High School. "It should be a great basketball game," added Terabilda.

Elsinore will play Norco in the consolation game at 6pm.Come out and catch local basketball at its pre-season best!



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