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.
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
5. West Valley
7. La Sierra
9. Temescal Canyon
10. Linfield Christian
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