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Nighthawk Classic At Murrieta
Valley High School--(Dec. 16, 1998)

We don't really have any of the details of this tournament, be we're pretty sure it's a 16 team event, because Murrieta Valley didn't play yesterday, and yet they are the host school.  We also don't have a schedule of future games, but here's what we do know from yesterday's games:

Rancho Verde 72, Temecula Chaparral 61-- Rancho Verde used a smothering defense to defeat Temecula Chaparral, 72-61, Tuesday in pool play of the Nighthawk Classic at Murrieta Valley High School. J.S. Nash led the Mustangs with 19 points and Preston Norman added 13 points and 17 rebounds. Chaparral (3-1) led 41-33 at halftime, but Rancho Verde outscored the Pumas 22-4 in the third quarter to put the game away. "The difference was our intensity in the second half," said Rancho Verde coach Bill Ciancio. "The third quarter really pumped our kids up and showed us that we can't just walk
through any game this season." Rancho Verde had five players score in double figures and used a balanced attack to run away in the second half. Chaparral outscored Rancho Verde 30-17 in the second quarter but came out flat in the third. "Chaparral just wasn't ready for us in the third quarter," said Ciancio. "The kids did an outstanding job all game, and the third quarter may have been our best quarter of the season."

Cathedral City 70, Arlington 55 --Maximo Patrick scored 19 points as Cathedral City defeated Riverside Arlington in the Nighthawk Classic in Murrieta Valley. Cathedral City outscored the Lions 23-12 to take a 54-46 lead. Cathedral City scoring: Alvarez 2, Thornburg 9,  Gerald DeVance 10, Cooper 14, Patrick 19, Smith 1, Heredia 4, Peras 9, Shoemaker 2. Arlington scoring was: Tang 3, Hall 2, Hart 10, Williams 2, Grover 2, Aguirre 10, Larsen 7, Ware 7, Carter 10, Gund 2.

Banning 52, West Valley 35--Scott Foster scored 12 points to lead Banning past Hemet West Valley in the Nighthawk Classic in Murrieta. West Valley scoring was Dela Rosa 2, Olsen 3, Franco 2, Reynolds 2, Nevarez 7, Pierce 4, Alvarez 8, Williams 5, Vineyard 2. Banning scorers were Johnson 7, Kue 6, Davis 10, Randall 7, Foster 12, Fuerte 6, Roberts 2, Williams 2.

Orange Glen 76, Paloma Valley 52--Michael Leso scored 29 points and Isaiah Orange had 20 as Escondido Orange Glen defeated Menifee Paloma Valley in a pool-play game of the Nighthawk Classic in Murrieta. Paloma Valley scorers were Melton 3, Bublitz 10, Evers 6, Blackamore 24, Schroder 2, Johnson 1, Alvarez 6. Orange Glen scoring was accomplished by Tagle 5, Anderson 6, Leso 29, Masnica 10, Orange 20, Bonds 2, Lemler 2, Williams 2.

We'll try to find out more about this one from our friends out in the great living desert. Stay tuned.

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