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Story and photos by Liz Alper
January 17, 2017 (Spring Valley) - The struggling Monte Vista Monarchs varsity boys basketball team looked to gain some momentum back against the Foothillers of Grossmont tonight.
Despite their less-than-impressive record 4-12), the Monarchs were off to a hot start, with senior David Garcia leading the way with a quarter-ending two after a big three by Grossmont to put the Monarchs up 13-10 after one.
But in the second quarter, the Foothillers flexed their three-ball muscles and were soon up 20-13. Before the Monarchs knew it, the game was completely out of their control; Grossmont dominated on offense and defense, the Monarchs couldn't get a shot to fall and the Foothillers went to the locker room up big, 36-18.
In the second half, the Monarchs got a bit of their fight back thanks to turnovers by the Hillers and a big third quarter from junior Deondre McHayle. But the Foothillers stayed strong and maintained an 11-point, 46-35 lead after three.
As hard as the Monarchs fought, Grossmont fought harder. And they did it silently but deadly, with finger rolls, layups and turnovers. Monte Vista ran into serious foul trouble in the fourth and Grossmont kept up the scoring and won 69-53. The Monarchs fall to 4-13 on the season.
Monte Vista travels to Santana High to take on the Sultans on Friday. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. As for Grossmont, they’ll host Serra on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.