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Jaguars win first outright league title, earn No. 4 seed in CIF basketball post-season

Frosh. Terrance Becvar (34) is primed to step up, and into the shoes of out-going senior David Becvar. photo by Ray Flores.
February 20, 2013
In one of the best seasons the program has ever put together, the Valley Center varsity boys Basketball team wrapped up the regular season with its first-ever outright Valley League title on Friday night.

The Jaguars finished in a tie for the league crown the last two seasons, but with a 9–1 league record this season, the Jags finally sit alone atop the league standings.

"That was one of our goals, to win the league championship," Valley Center head coach Bob Purdy said after Friday's game. "We were co-champs the last two years, so I'm happy we were able to win it by ourselves this year."

The Jaguars haven't lost a game since Jan. 25 at Ramona, their one league loss of the year, and in the eight consecutive wins they've posted since then, they have outscored their opponents 535–310, including a pair of big league wins this week.

The Jags rolled to an easy win on the road over Mission Vista, 71–37, last Tuesday, then returned home for the season finale against league rival Orange Glen in what turned out to be a dominant defensive performance and a 58–26 for Valley Center.

The team celebrated senior night by honoring its six seniors before the game. David Becvar, John Broomell, Brett Henderson, Ryan Kleiman, Michael McInerny and Mitchell Rush were all joined by their parents at mid-court for a tribute to their Jaguar careers.

Once the game started, the Jags had some trouble getting the offense going in the first quarter and Orange Glen quickly jumped out to an 8–3 lead. The Jaguars came back and pulled to within a point, but the Patriots closed out the quarter with a 10–7 lead.

Orange Glen kept the lead at three, 12–9, through the opening minutes of the second quarter. But Valley Center stormed back into the lead with a 14–2 run that closed out the first half. Becvar was the hot hand in the second quarter, as he connected on a pair of three-pointers and racked up eight points while leading his team back into the lead, 23–14, at halftime.

The Jaguars kept the hot streak alive to open the second half, as they wenton a 13-point run before the Patriots could get their first point of the third quarter. Five different Jaguars scored a point in the period as the team extended the lead to 43–21 through three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, the Jaguars kept on scoring on offense and the defense held Orange Glen to only five points, giving the Jags a big win.

"We didn't play real well, especially early on," Coach Purdy added. "Sometimes we play to the level of our competition. Orange Glen played hard and they're well-coached, but we need to come out right from the beginning and show we can play. We came back and played much better in the second half. Now we just find out who we play [in the playoffs] and we'll go from there."

Becvar's big night included a game-high 19 points, four three-pointers and, fittingly, the game's final point on a free throw. Rush chipped in with eight points, while Henderson, Broomell and McInerny each scored seven, Terrence Becvar had six and both Kleiman and Derikie Blaze-Logan had two.

The Jaguars finish the regular season with a 20–6 overall record to go with their 9–1 league mark and Valley League championship.

The Jags earned the No. 4 seed in the CIF Division III playoffs, which begin this week. Valley Center will host No. 13 seed Monte Vista on Wednesday at 7 p.m. If the Jaguars win, they will host the winner of the first-round game between No. 5 San Dieguito and No. 12 CentralUnion on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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