Nighthawks fall to Norco in own tournament, 48-39

By Tim Sahar The Murrieta Valley High Nighthawks couldn’t generate enough offense late in the game Wednesday night in a 48-39 loss to Norc...

By Tim Sahar

The Murrieta Valley High Nighthawks couldn’t generate enough offense late in the game Wednesday night in a 48-39 loss to Norco High in the Nighthawks Classic at Murrieta Valley.

Norco junior point guard Adrian Montanez used his effective ball-handling skills to control the pace of the game for the Cougars. Whenever Norco seemed to have a stagnant possession, it was Montanez who was the floor general that kept taking the ball to the paint and dishing it out for open 3-point shooters.

With the game tight in the fourth quarter, Murrieta Valley (2-5) did whatever it could to score but just couldn’t get the ball in the hoop, whether it was a wide-open 3-pointer or lay-ups that weren’t falling.

With two minutes remaining and Norco (4-2) up by one, Montanez drove through the middle, created contact and finished with a layup plus free throw to give the Cougars a four-point lead. That wasn’t enough for Montanez, however, as two plays later, he split a defender with a crossover dribble and penetrated inside, only to cap it off with a no-look pass to Isaiah Wade for the score.

Desperate for 3-pointers, the Nighthawks got one from Arturo Rivas, cutting the deficit to five. Murrieta Valley was riding some momentum for its next possession, only to get the ball stolen by Jon Alec Ramos, who had the exclamation point score and free throw.

Nighthawks center Kyle Schroeder led the way for the host team with 12 points and 6 rebounds, while sophomore guard Ryan Lynton had 9 points on three 3-pointers.

The Nighthawks looked good in the first quarter as they controlled a 12-11 lead, but it was a grueling second quarter in which they scored only three points that had them playing catch-up for the rest of the game.

Murrieta Valley will take on Beaumont High School (5-1) Friday at 3 p.m. as the tournament winds down.








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