Translate this page
The Murrieta Valley Nighthawks win the Nighthawk Classic with a thrilling 59-57 victory over Great Oak, the win gave the Nighthawks their  12th “Classic” title.
The Murrieta Valley Nighthawks win the Nighthawk Classic with a thrilling 59-57 victory over Great Oak, the win gave the Nighthawks their 12th “Class...
Kevin Padlo was named the tournament MVP, scoring 18 points in the final.
Kevin Padlo was named the tournament MVP, scoring 18 points in the final.
Torin Webb of Great Oak tries to drive past Jordan Williams (33), Kevin Padlo (2) and Tyler Bilton (22).
Torin Webb of Great Oak tries to drive past Jordan Williams (33), Kevin Padlo (2) and Tyler Bilton (22).

Murrieta Valley Wins the Nighthawk Basketball Classic


Jordan Williams’ Basket With 2.5 Seconds Left Wins It 59-57


Sunday, December 15th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.
Charles McKee
Special to the Valley News


In a preview of what promises to be a sensational Southwestern League boys basketball season, Murrieta Valley edged defending League Champ Great Oak 59-57 to win the Nighthawk Classic Tournament.

With the score tied 57-57 with 25 seconds left on the clock, the Nighthawks brought the ball in for one last play. Kevin Padlo took the ball and drove to the basket. His shot rolled off the rim and Jordan Williams grabbed the rebound and put the ball in the basket with 2.5 seconds left on the clock. "It was just a loose ball and I had the opportunity to go up and shoot it and it went in," said Williams. "Everything was in slow motion."

The Wolfpack’s Latrelle Franklin’s final desperation shot as time ran out rolled into the rim and out again as the Nighthawks survived to capture their 12th Nighthawk Classic Championship in 21 years.

The Wolfpack had the edge over Murrieta Valley in the first half as they took a 5-point lead into the locker room at the end of the second period 30-25. The Nighthawks fell behind as they failed to take advantage of their trips to the charity stripe. Murrieta Valley missed five free throws in the half. They would fail to make 13 out of 23 in the game.

The teams traded leads throughout the second half and jockeyed their way to the dramatic finish. Kevin Padlo scored 18 points to lead the Nighthawks. He was named Tournament MVP. Williams scored 15 points and hauled in six rebounds. Thomas Alexandre had 11 points and Tyler Bilton scored eight with nine rebounds.

Jeremy Smith led all scorers with 22 points for the Wolfpack. He sank eight out of nine free throws from the charity stripe. Latrelle Franklin scored 11 points as he continued to dazzle the crowd with his acrobatic shots. Torin Webb also scored nine for Great Oak.

"I hope people appreciate just how hard both teams worked," said Nighthawk coach Steve Tarabilda, "because that was just an amazing game." It looks like the battle for the Southwestern League crown has already begun.

The Elsinore Tigers overwhelmed Norco 73-35 in the battle for third place. Reynaldo Solorzano and Travon Lampkin scored 18 apiece against the Cougars. Preston Beverly added 11 points and Michael Taylor scored 10 for the Tigers.

Nighthawk Classic Tournament Standings

1. Murrieta Valley

2. Great Oak

3. Elsinore

4. Norco

5. West Valley

6. Lakeside

7. La Sierra

8. Redlands

9. Temescal Canyon

10. Linfield Christian

11. Beaumont

12. Bloomington


 

0 comments


arrow Be the first to share your opinion on this article!
 

Add your Comment


Name

Images, Formatting, or HTML is not allowed : plain text only. You may post up to 5 website addresses within your comment.




Disclaimer

The Valley News has tightened its' policy regarding comments.
While we invite you to contribute your opinions and thoughts, we request that you refrain from using vulgar or obscene words and post only comments that directly pertain to the specific topic of the story or article.
Comments that are derogatory in nature have a high likelihood for editing or non-approval if they carry the possibility of being libelous.
The comment system is not intended as a forum for individuals or groups to air personal grievances against other individuals or groups.
Please, no advertising or trolling.
In posting a comment for consideration, users understand that their posts may be edited as necessary to meet system parameters, or the post may not be approved at all. By submitting a comment, you agree to all the rules and guidelines described here.
Most comments are approved or disregarded within one business day.

RSS FeedFacebookTwitter



Advertisement for Broken Yolk





Subscribe


Most Commented


Reach Local Customers



The Valley News The Valley News
760-723-7319 - 1588 S. Mission Rd. Suite 200, Fallbrook CA 92028
All contents copyright ©2014
About Us
Earthquake Information
Business Listings
Contact Us
Letter to the Editor
Report a website error
Sitemap
Online Digital Edition
RSS Feeds
Login