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Mount Miguel beats Santana to climb closer to league crown

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Around the section, Mount Miguel is known as a girls basketball powerhouse. But this season, the Matadors’ boys team is making some noise of their own.

“We’re just trying to make sure that they know it’s more than a girls basketball team out here. A league title would help,” said Mount Miguel head coach Jay Rowlett.

Friday night, Mount Miguel took a big step towards winning the Grossmont Valley League. The Matadors beat Santana at home 72-63 to move within one win of a share of the crown.

“It feels good. Mount Miguel boys haven’t won a basketball league in a long time,” said Matadors guard AJ Stanford.

The first half was physical and both teams combined for 24 fouls. Mount Miguel scored the final four points of the second quarter to take a 33-31 lead into the half.

“It was very physical,” Stanford said. “We couldn’t come out here playing soft. We knew it was going to be a real physical game.”

Mount Miguel (21-6, 6-1) made their move in the third quarter by attacking the rim offensively and playing aggressive man-to-man defense. The Matadors closed out the quarter with a 15-2 run to take a commanding 15-point lead.

“We came out strong in the third quarter,” Rowlett said. “We got that ‘and one’ to start the second half, got momentum, got that nine-point lead and never gave it up.”

Santana (17-9, 5-1) used hot shooting to make it a nine-point game in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter but could not get any closer than that the rest of the way. Mount Miguel kept the Sultans at bay down the stretch by continuing to attack the basket.

“Our coach told us to just attack the basket and don’t settle for jumpers,” Stanford said. “Attack the basket and if they give us open looks knock it down.”

Stanford led Mount Miguel with 25 points. Guards Harry Brazelton (22 points) and JJ Norton (14) also finished in double figures for the Matadors.

“I got a feeling we’re going to see them again in the playoffs,” Rowlett said.

The Matadors won the rubber match in the third meeting between the two teams this season. Mount Miguel beat Santana in the DIII Challenge in December and the Sultans returned the favor in their previous league meeting.

“They know all your plays and it’s very hard,” Stanford said. “You just have to execute.”

If both teams win their remaining games next week, they will be co-champs of the Grossmont Valley League. Both Mount Miguel and Santana finished near the bottom of their leagues last season.

“Mount Miguel boys haven’t won a basketball league in a long time,” Stanford said. “It would be a lot of relief off our shoulders.”

Guard Landon Lozoya led Santana with 15 points in the loss. The loss was the Sultans’ first in league play.

Mount Miguel – 72 (13-20-22-17)

Stanford 25, H. Brazelton 22, Norton 14, Booker 7, Mitchell 2 (starters) Hagos 2

Santana – 63 (7-24-9-23)

Lozoya 15, Vargas 14, Corbisez 14, Lucius 8, Bass 0 (starters) Thrall 7, Ross 5

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Mount Miguel guard Harry Brazelton pops his jersey to his classmates following the Matadors win over Santana

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Around the section, Mount Miguel is known as a girls basketball powerhouse. But this season, the Matadors’ boys team is making some noise of their own.

“We’re just trying to make sure that they know it’s more than a girls basketball team out here. A league title would help,” said Mount Miguel head coach Jay Rowlett.

Friday night, Mount Miguel took a big step towards winning the Grossmont Valley League. The Matadors beat Santana at home 72-63 to move within one win of a share of the crown.

“It feels good. Mount Miguel boys haven’t won a basketball league in a long time,” said Matadors guard AJ Stanford.

The first half was physical and both teams combined for 24 fouls. Mount Miguel scored the final four points of the second quarter to take a 33-31 lead into the half.

“It was very physical,” Stanford said. “We couldn’t come out here playing soft. We knew it was going to be a real physical game.”

Mount Miguel (21-6, 6-1) made their move in the third quarter by attacking the rim offensively and playing aggressive man-to-man defense. The Matadors closed out the quarter with a 15-2 run to take a commanding 15-point lead.

“We came out strong in the third quarter,” Rowlett said. “We got that ‘and one’ to start the second half, got momentum, got that nine-point lead and never gave it up.”

Santana (17-9, 5-1) used hot shooting to make it a nine-point game in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter but could not get any closer than that the rest of the way. Mount Miguel kept the Sultans at bay down the stretch by continuing to attack the basket.

“Our coach told us to just attack the basket and don’t settle for jumpers,” Stanford said. “Attack the basket and if they give us open looks knock it down.”

Stanford led Mount Miguel with 25 points. Guards Harry Brazelton (22 points) and JJ Norton (14) also finished in double figures for the Matadors.

“I got a feeling we’re going to see them again in the playoffs,” Rowlett said.

The Matadors won the rubber match in the third meeting between the two teams this season. Mount Miguel beat Santana in the DIII Challenge in December and the Sultans returned the favor in their previous league meeting.

“They know all your plays and it’s very hard,” Stanford said. “You just have to execute.”

If both teams win their remaining games next week, they will be co-champs of the Grossmont Valley League. Both Mount Miguel and Santana finished near the bottom of their leagues last season.

“Mount Miguel boys haven’t won a basketball league in a long time,” Stanford said. “It would be a lot of relief off our shoulders.”

Guard Landon Lozoya led Santana with 15 points in the loss. The loss was the Sultans’ first in league play.

Mount Miguel – 72 (13-20-22-17)

Stanford 25, H. Brazelton 22, Norton 14, Booker 7, Mitchell 2 (starters) Hagos 2

Santana – 63 (7-24-9-23)

Lozoya 15, Vargas 14, Corbisez 14, Lucius 8, Bass 0 (starters) Thrall 7, Ross 5

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Mount Miguel guard Harry Brazelton pops his jersey to his classmates following the Matadors win over Santana

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Santana needed to find a way to come out of the gates and out of the halftime break much stronger to win this game. Scoring 16 points in the 16 minutes when momentum is up for grabs will simply not cut it. What was the reason for this scoring discrepancy?

Feb. 17, 2010

A combination of Mount Miguel coming out with intensity defensively and the second half being called looser than the first.

Feb. 17, 2010

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