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Hinojosa helps Grizzlies beat Greenfield on his birthday

Modified: Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2012

Pajaro Valley High's Mark Hinojosa scores on a layup during the second half of the Grizzlies' game against Greenfield on Tuesday. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — It was merely seconds after the final buzzer when a couple of Grizzly fans raced across the Pajaro Valley High court to greet Mark Hinojosa with balloons and a couple of cakes.

It was definitely deserved after his performance.

Hinojosa celebrated his birthday by scoring 32 points as the Grizzlies defeated Greenfield 69-59 on Tuesday.

With the win, Pajaro Valley improved to 5-2 on the season. This is the team’s best seven-game start to a season in school history. The squad also remained unbeaten at home in three games.

The Grizzlies can thank Hinojosa for the hot start. He started Tuesday’s contest scoring the team’s first eight points. He eventually finished the first quarter with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting.

Although Pajaro Valley never trailed, Greenfield didn’t go away. The Bruins tied the game at 31-31 with two free throws from Adam Mann.

Pajaro Valley then went on a 10-0 run in the final two minutes to get a 41-31 lead and gain some cushion on the Bruins. Pablo Flores scored four points off turnovers, and Hinojosa buried two three-pointers in the run.

Greenfield closed to within six thanks to a jumper from Rudy Amezcua with 7:12 to go in the third quarter. But Pajaro Valley forced the tempo as it pressured the Bruins and created fast-break opportunities.

Pajaro Valley allowed two baskets to Greenfield in the final five minutes of the third quarter. Meanwhile, Hinojosa continued to shoot well, and Flores got two and-ones.

Flores finished with 22 points.

Only five players scored for Pajaro Valley.

Greenfield relied on its big three — Amezcua, Mann and Josue Gutierrez — for the points. They were the only three who scored for the Bruins until Chad Munoz put in a bucket in the final minutes of the game.

Gutierrez poured in 30 points, most coming from the post, where he stood and waited for the ball to get passed to him.

Pajaro Valley won’t play again until Dec. 21, when it travels across town to face St. Francis Central Coast Catholic.

For the complete article see the 12-13-2012 issue.

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