Vista Boys Fall Behind Early, Lose to Temecula Valley

By Sierra Trujillo The Vista Murrieta High School boys basketball team lost a tough road game on Wednesday night against the Golden Bear...

By Sierra Trujillo

The Vista Murrieta High School boys basketball team lost a tough road game on Wednesday night against the Golden Bears of Temecula Valley High School. The Broncos' three-game winning streak ended with the 76-61 loss.

“Losing one I thought we had a chance to come in here to try to win is tough,” said Broncos head coach Andy Rucker after the Broncos’ loss.

The Broncos fell behind early in the first quarter and were never able to catch up to the Bears, who played hard and fast. After one period, the Broncos trailed 28-19. After outscoring the Bears in the second period, the Broncos trailed by only six points going into halftime.

“In the first half, offensively, we scored 36 points. In a high school game, that’s pretty good,” said Rucker. “First half I thought offensively we played really well.”

The third quarter was rough for the Broncos; they only scored six points. The Bears used this opportunity to pull ahead and led by 15 points going into the final period. Vista Murrieta and Temecula Valley each scored 19 points in the final period of the game, but Temecula Valley had the early lead to rely on, handing Vista Murrieta the loss.

“[The Bears] played well. They played very aggressive and they played hard and I think they took us out of what we wanted to do and they scored a lot of points,” said Rucker.

The Broncos’ main contributors were seniors Damon Dubots and Joey Diaz with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Sophomore Michael Carongcong also had a part in keeping the Broncos in the game early, scoring 10 points in the first half.

Vista Murrieta fell to 11-10 overall after Wednesday’s defeat. The Broncos play against Great Oak High School on Friday, and will try to gain momentum going into the last five games of the season.

“This really hurts, coming into a game where I think we could have competed and steal a win and we’re coming out without one and it hurts,” said Rucker. “We’re going to try to take that and turn that into something on Friday.”

“[We need] to come out and work harder,” said Broncos junior Armani Mills. “[We can’t] let them get an easy start from the beginning. Finish strong.”

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