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Jags pick up two wins in Grossmont Winter Classic basketball tournament

Josh Lucas (20) gets his hands up on defense. Photo by Dan Kidder / Valley Roadrunner
January 06, 2014
Despite a strong start to the season, the Valley Center varsity boys basketball team is still trying to hit its stride as the calendar year comes to a close.

The Jaguars were outstanding in a season-opening win over San Pasqual, but have struggled to find consistency since then, winning only three of the last ten.

But the Jags are playing competitive basketball against formidable opposition in tournament play, and picked up a pair of wins in the Grossmont Winter Classic this week.

The Jaguars opened the tournament with a tough 60–31 loss to Scripps Ranch after letting a close game get away from them in the second quarter.

They bounced back in the following game, however, and held strong through a very close, defensive game to beat El Capitan 38–36.

Imperial was next, and the Tigers outlasted the Jags 52–42 despite a strong first half from Valley Center. The Jaguars rallied in the second quarter to take a one-point lead at halftime, but Imperial clamped down on defense to hold the Jags to only 13 points in the second half to take the win.

The next game came against Monte Vista, and despite a strong fourth quarter, the Jaguars couldn't complete the comeback and suffered a 58–49 loss.

But Valley Center once again put together an outstanding effort in a close game to wrap up the tournament, as the Jags rallied from a first-half deficit to beat Southwest, 60–56.

The Eagles took command in the first half and pulled out to a 29–23 lead at the break. But Valley Center once again fought back with 20 points in the third quarter and 17 more in the fourth, while limiting Southwest to just 27 points in the second half, to pull out the win.

The win moved Valley Center's record to 4–7 overall, before the Jaguars wrapped up the Aztec Holiday Classic Tournament earlier this week. They return to action on Jan. 10 at home against Canyon Crest at 7 p.m.

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