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MVC stands tall

Posted: Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013

Monte Vista Christian High’s Connor Parker (34) leaps to defend against Pajaro Valley’s Oscar Gonzalez during the second quarter of their game Wednesday night at Pajaro Valley High in Watosnville. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — The Grizzlies brought out the second set of bleachers. They also brought out the school flag.

The Mustangs brought the defense.

The Monte Vista Christian High boys basketball team swarmed Pajaro Valley and earned a suffocating 58-34 victory Wednesday night to take sole possession of first place in the Monterey Bay League’s Pacific Division.

Monte Vista Christian is in the driver’s seat. And now, the division championship is going to go through the boys in blue. They can thank David Hightower for setting things up.

Hightower scored a game-high 24 points.

“This was a big win for us,” Hightower said. “We wanted to come out and make a strong statement. I mean, they even brought out the flag. That’s like adding fuel to the fire.”

Sure, Hightower led the team in scoring, and he was the offensive catalyst that helped Monte Vista Christian get the win.

Monte Vista Christian coach Dan Mooney said he would have been happy if Hightower didn’t get any points, as long as Hightower didn’t let Pajaro Valley’s Mark Hinojosa get any points either.

Mooney gave Hightower the task of defending Hinojosa, who’s averaging more than 20 points a game. Hightower responded by forcing Hinojosa to take tough shots or pass to another teammate.

Hinojosa finished with seven points. He got a three-pointer in the second quarter and four free throws in the fourth quarter.

“I didn’t want him (Hinojosa) to score 30 points,” Mooney said. “He (Hightower) stopped him. Tonight we made a statement by playing defense.”

Monte Vista Christian came out of halftime smoking, putting up eight consecutive points to take a 30-16 lead with 5:20 to go in the third quarter. Nick Matiasevich spotted up for a three-pointer, Hightower hit an and-1, and Connor Parker got a rebound and a make during the run.

For the complete article see the 01-17-2013 issue.

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