Vista Rallies to Defeat Visiting West Covina, 64-58

By Sierra Trujillo The Vista Murrieta High School boys basketball team fought back from a loss to Esperanza the night before to defeat Wes...

By Sierra Trujillo

The Vista Murrieta High School boys basketball team fought back from a loss to Esperanza the night before to defeat West Covina High Wednesday night, 64-58, in a nonleague game after trailing for most of the contest.

The Broncos did not have it easy. The score was kept close throughout the game and tempers flared on more than one occasion.

"West Covina was scrappy. They played really hard; their guards played tough," said Vista coach Andy Rucker as a reason for the raw emotion shown by his team. The game had its fair share of pushing, shoving and displays of emotion by players on both teams.

"They were in our face," Rucker said.

Before the final quarter began, the Broncos were down by one point, but rallying. With the help of senior Cameron Eakins, who scored six points in the final period, the Broncos were able to gain the lead with less than half the period remaining and hold on for the win.

"We told them that we just need to be better basketball players; that’s my clean version," said Rucker of how he motivated the team right before the fourth quarter began.

While Eakins stood out in the final quarter, the win was a team effort. Senior Damon Dubots led the team through the first half, scoring 15 points, to give the Broncos a three-point lead at the half. After Vista fell behind at the beginning of the second half, senior Joey Diaz picked it up in the third period, scoring seven to bring his team to within a point at 44-43 entering the final period.

Dubots was not only a key player in Wednesday's win over West Covina, in which he scored 20 points, but he is seen as the leader of the team. As a senior, his role is as crucial as ever.

"He’s our leading scorer. He’s our go-to guy," said Rucker. "That’s typical of us right now -- Damon leading the way.”

However, Dubots doesn’t see himself as anything other than a basketball player. When asked of his role on the team, Dubots said, "I’m mainly a post player, but I’m starting to move out a bit, starting to become more of a scorer."

Dubots becoming more of a scorer is what the Broncos will need in the coming weeks. While the Broncos have one more game this week -- a nonleague game against Fallbrook on Saturday -- the team’s main focus is on the league games that begin next Wednesday against Great Oak.

The win against West Covina included many turnovers by the Broncos -- an issue that will need to be addressed in order for the team to be a competitor in the Southwestern League.

"The Southwestern League is our number one goal, so all our games leading up to this are preparing for next Wednesday," said Rucker.

"We’ve been picking up the energy a lot in practice and I think we’re just competing more to get ready for next week," said Dubots.


Vista Murrieta High School 4493742994985602367

Post a Comment


Follow Us

Subscribe Via E-mail