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Story and photos by Liz Alper

January 24, 2017 (El Cajon) - Deep in the heart of conference play, the El Cajon Valley High School Braves varsity boys basketball team looked to improve their 0-2 record in conference play against the Matadors of Mount Miguel.

The Matadors took advantage of the Braves’ 3-14 record by putting on an absolute clinic in the first half, only allowing El Cajon Valley to score 13 points.  By halftime, the Matadors led 49-13.

Mount Miguel’s attack slowed down a bit in the second half as they turned the ball over more, but they still were able to put up good numbers offensively.  El Cajon Valley, on the other hand, couldn't stop Mount Miguel's fast breaks, quick layups, dunks and threes.  By the end of the third quarter, the Matadors led the Braves by 43 points--impressive for a high school basketball team--61-18.

In the fourth, the Matadors calmed down and played relaxed basketball.  The Braves calmed down too, but only because they knew there'd be no catching up.  The Matadors dominated and improved their record to over .500 (9-8) with a huge 70-32 win.  The Braves fall to 3-15.

The Braves face Monte Vista on Friday night.  Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.  As for the Matadors, they’ll play Friday night as well against the Vaqueros of El Capitan.  Tipoff is also at 7:00 p.m.


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