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After thrilling season-opener, VC boys basketball team drops four of five



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Jacob Andreas (23) led the Jaguars in scoring in three of the last five games. Photo by Dan Kidder / Valley Roadrunner
December 18, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, the Valley Center varsity boys basketball team tipped off the new season with a thrilling come-from-behind win at San Pasqual.

Since then, the Jaguars have played another non-league game and a quartet of games in the Imperial Tournament, but have only managed to pick up one more victory.

The Jags played at San Marcos last Wednesday, and without James Schwindt in the lineup, they struggled to score points in a 74–30 loss.

Things got out of hand quickly in the first quarter, as the Knights connected on shot after shot to outscore Valley Center 30–4 in the period. The deficit got a little larger by halftime, as San Marcos racked up 20 points to the Jaguars' 11, giving the Knights a 50–15 lead at the break.

The Jaguars had a solid third quarter, keeping pace with San Marcos by scoring 13 points. But by the end of the fourth quarter, Valley Center had added only two more points as the Knights cruised to the big win.

Jacob Andreas led the Jags with 11 points, while Terrance Becvar added nine and Raymond Torres had three.

The Jaguars traveled through the desert to Imperial for the annual tournament, and came up with a 51–40 win over Palo Verde Valley in the opening game.

Once again, the Jaguars had trouble getting started, as Palo Verde Valley put up 15 points to Valley Center's eight in the first quarter.

But the Jags bounced back in the second quarter, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 16–9 to tie the game at 24 at halftime.

The Valley Center offense continued to play well, and the defense was outstanding in the second half, as the Jaguars scored 15 in the third and 12 in the fourth, while limiting Palo Verde Valley to only 16 points in the half.

Andreas was the Jags' leading scorer again, as he dropped 17, while Becvar added 13, Schwindt had six, Dominic Antonacci had five and Steven Much had four.

But the tournament took a turn for the worst, as the Jaguars dropped the next three, including a 67–55 loss to Central, a heartbreaking 40–37 loss to Calipatria, and a 50–47 loss to Coronado.

The Jaguars will participate in a pair of tournaments over the holidays, as they begin play in the Grossmont Winter Classic Tournament today before taking part in the Aztec Holiday Classic Tournament that begins on Dec. 26.

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