After finishing Aztec Tournament with two wins, Jags drop two in basketball
Steven Much (12) goes for the ball on the opening tip-off against Canyon Crest. Photo by Dan Kidder / Valley Roadrunner
January 15, 2014As the dwindling days of 2013 marched steadily toward the New Year, the Valley Center varsity boys basketball team pulled out a pair of impressive wins in the final three games of the calendar year.
But in the first game of 2014, the Jaguars returned home to a rude welcome in the form of a big loss at the hands of the visiting Ravens from Canyon Crest Academy
The Jags won their first three games in the Aztec Holiday Classic over the break, beginning with a 60–56 victory over Southwest.
Valley Center came through with a big win in the next game, a 72–30 win over Glenmary, as they jumped ahead with 23 points in the first quarter and never looked back.
And in the third game of the tournament, the Jaguars faced Mount Miguel and came up with a clutch fourth-quarter performance that gave them a 61–58 win.
The Jags held a slim three-point lead after the first quarter, but the Matadors rallied back to score 18 points in the second quarter to take a 30–28 lead at the half.
Both teams scored 17 in the third quarter, keeping the Mount Miguel lead at two points, until the Jags pulled together to score 16 points and hold the Matadors to 11 in the final period.
In the final game of the tournament, however, the Jaguars ran up against a tough Montgomery defense and couldn't keep pace in a 57–30 loss.
The game was close after the first quarter, as Montgomery built a 17–12 lead. But the Jaguars scored only seven points in the second quarter, five in the third and six more in the fourth, while the Aztecs racked up 40 points in the final three quarters to seal the win.
With the New Year came a long-awaited home game for the Jaguars, as they hosted Canyon Crest Academy on Friday night and suffered a 56–36 loss.
Valley Center kept the game close early on, as Terrance Becvar hit a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter to pull his team back to within three, at 11–8, as the period came to an end.
But Canyon Crest cranked up the defensive pressure with a full-court press and the Jaguars had trouble adjusting. The resulting turnovers, combined with a trio of three-pointers by the Ravens in the second quarter, put the Jags in a 24–18 hole at halftime.
Valley Center's tactics improved in the second half, but by the time the Jaguar shots started to fall, the Ravens had methodically built an insurmountable lead and coasted to the big win.
The Jaguars have a pair of away games coming next on the schedule. They play at El Camino on Friday night and then travel to Oceanside on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.