Vista Murrieta tunes up for playoffs with easy victory

By Tim Sahar In a game where both teams’ fate was already determined coming into the game, two of Murrieta’s biggest rivals played their...

By Tim Sahar

In a game where both teams’ fate was already determined coming into the game, two of Murrieta’s biggest rivals played their season finale Friday night, with Vista Murrieta dominating Murrieta Mesa, 68-45.

Vista Murrieta improved its record to 21-4 overall (8-2 in league play) in preparing for the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Brackets will be announced Sunday afternoon. Mesa dropped to 10-17 overall (1-9 in league) and its season is completed.

The tandem of Michael Carongcong and Ravi Alston flourished for the Broncos once again. Carongcong scored 14 points and dished out 6 assists, including a no-look pass to Nate Duran late in the second quarter that even wowed the opposing crowed. Alston dropped a game-high 16 points on three 3-point baskets.

The Broncos didn’t miss a beat on either end of the floor. They stuck to their main regime of distribution-rolling on offense and really knew how to put a stoppage to any sort of momentum Mesa was trying to find offensively. Not only did they create open shots for themselves, Vista ran the fast break as if it were a layup line.

"Vista’s playing really well right now, so that’s definitely a factor," Murrieta Mesa coach Chris Jones said. "We weren’t sharp by any means, especially considering we had three missing from practice yesterday. In addition to that, losing the last two games essentially at the buzzer, I think emotionally they were kind of defeated."

This might have influenced the lack of chemistry the Rams had with one another all game. Shots weren’t falling and the ball wasn’t moving.

The Broncos really knew how to shut down Mesa’s offensive engine and big man Brandon Mcintosh. They managed to always have a big body surrounding him at all times -- refusing him low-post possession. Whenever Mcintosh did get the ball, he was swarmed by the likes of Trevor Sergent, Kyle Greenly and Trevon Ridley, who definitely caused some frustration for the Rams center.

Though Mcintosh had a tough night, he was still the Rams’ top scorer, finishing with 9 points and7 rebounds. No player on Mesa managed to put up double-digit points.

The lead quickly began piling up for Vista Murrieta. A great first-quarter start of a 23-8 lead was capitalized on by an even better halftime advantage of 42-16.

















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