Murrieta Valley Loses, Despite Last Second Comeback

Murrieta Valley's Austin Bryant shoots the ball over Mission Vista's Burke Twyman Playing in their second tournament in a row, M...

Murrieta Valley's Austin Bryant shoots the ball over Mission Vista's Burke Twyman
Playing in their second tournament in a row, Murrieta Valley High School faced Mission Vista High School of Oceanside in their home tournament, the Nighthawk Classic Tournament.

In a game that appeared to be a blow out through the first three quarters, the Nighthawks, battled back in the fourth quarter, only to lose 52-50.

With 13.8 seconds left in the game, Murrieta Valley (3-3) took possession of the ball. Shooting the ball from 15 feet out, junior Beau Paiva tried to tie up the game with several seconds left on the clock, but missed. Teammate Mateo Lopez grabbed the rebound and tried to tap it in, but the ball bounced off the back of the rim as the clock expired, giving Mission Vista the win.

Bryant and Forte battle Twyman for rebound
The difference in the game was missed free throws and easy layups. While the Timberwolves of Mission Vista played physical defense, they often were too aggressive and the Nighthawks quickly found themselves in the bonus in both halves. The Nighthawks were not able to capitalize on the extra free throws.

A key turning point in the game was at the start of the second quarter, when the Timberwolves, already up 15-11, scored 9 in a row before the Nighthawks finally scored with 3:35 left in the game. Murrieta Valley were held to only 7 points all quarter, putting the score at 31-18 at the half.

Coming out at halftime, the energy level of Murrieta Valley appeared to be higher. Murrieta Valley players were diving for loose balls and grabbing offensive rebounds to give themselves second chance scoring opportunities. Even with Mission Vista scoring the first 7 points of the second half, they were outscored by Murrieta Valley, 13-12, in the third quarter.

Down by 12 points with only one quarter to go, the Nighthawks gradually cut the score down when senior Austin Bryant took the game into his own hands. With 2 minutes left in the game and still down 52-41, the Nighthawks offense scored 9 quick points.

Unfortunately, the Nighthawks were unable to complete the comeback on their last possession and ended up losing their second game in-a-row in their home Nighthawk Classic Tournament.

Players of note for Murrieta Valley include Austin Bryant, who scored 23 points and Jacob Forte, who scored 13 points. Mission Vista was led by their 6-foot-6 junior, Burke Twyman, who scored 16 points and had multiple blocked shots, and by captain JB Deperio, who scored 17 points.

Murrieta Valley still has two more games left to play in the Nighthawk Classic Tournament before they move on to the Torrey Pines Invitational that takes place after Christmas.
Jacob Forte shoots over a Mission Vista defender
Michael Ochner takes the ball to the basket
Murrieta Valley's Beau Paiva saves the ball from going out of bounds


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