Otay Ranch (64) defeats Rancho Buena Vista (54)
David Willauer- The Mustangs of Otay Ranch behind Percy Whitaker’s 21 points as he was named to the All Tournament Team along with MVP Elijah Newsom’s 16 points defeated the Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns by a 64-54 win.
Otay Ranch Head Boys Basketball Coach David Kulowitch on the win: “Last time Otay Ranch won a basketball title was 2011 over 10 years ago. I am proud of our squad we matured and found good players that know what their responsibilities on this basketball team are.” “Percy Whittaker is going to be a guy that you will hear about as he uses skills every game by rebound the ball well.” ” Elijah Newsome is our engine, is very fast on the court and went to a higher level battling through the game. In the first half our team had trouble with RBV’s shooting in the second half we improved well on defense.”
Percy Whitaker led the Mustangs with 21 points: “Our passes worked well and we put the ball in the hole.” “We had trouble pressing RBV their shots were perfect so we decided to go to a zone press to have them turn the ball over a lot. Our defense was the key to the game.” Percy said, “Momentum played well for my teammates. Next year all of our guys are going to be seniors and I don’t see anyone stopping us.”
Elijah Newsome with 16 points and was named the MVP of the Governors Division of the Holiday Basketball Classic “In the second half we played hard, followed the tempo and followed what our coach said and these were the factors of the game.” “We played hard today and earned the win.”
RBV was led by Jesse Snyder with 20 and Takoma Rosario contributed with 15.
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Vista 58 Canyon Crest 47
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