The Third Annual Jared Mandville Hoop Festival took place Saturday, Dec. 23, at Temecula Valley High School and involved local area high school basketball teams from the Sunbelt and Southwestern Leagues. The tournament shifts locations and is put on to honor former Perris boys basketball coach Jared Mandville, who died of cancer in 2015.
“We appreciate all the support we get as this gets bigger and bigger every year. All the proceeds go directly to the Mandville family and during this time of year we know it really helps lift their spirits seeing all the players out here competing and playing the game Jared loved,” says Temecula Valley Head Coach, Kyle Armstrong. “One thing Jared used to always say was ‘leave it all on the court or don’t play the game’ and that truly showed in the hearts of the players in this tournament.”
Five games in all took place during the day, showcasing some of the top talent from the area. The Southwestern League teams took 3 of the 5 games that were played. Under new head coach, Craig Anderson, who took over this past season, Paloma Valley (9-4) beat Murrieta Valley (3-6) in the first game of the day, 62-53. Junior shooting guard, Damario Willard, went on a second half scoring spree with 20 of his 22 points coming during that stretch and his Wildcat teammate and fellow junior, Richard Zweifach, scored15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Alex Cartwright led Murrieta Valley with 15 points.
The next game saw Great Oak (7-3) sail past Elsinore (5-6) with a bit a heavy margin, 72-30. Tej Johnson led the Wolfpack with 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Christian Ross added 12 points for Great Oak and Elsinore’s Bryan Romero led the Tigers with 13 points.
Game three of the day pitted Murrieta Mesa (9-3) against Heritage (8-3) as the Rams coasted to a 70-57 victory over the Patriots. Shamar and Lamar Wright led the way for the Rams, combining for 45 points in the game while senior shooting guard Francis Dogani scored 28 points for Heritage.
Vista Murrieta (9-1) slipped past Perris (2-8) the fourth game of the day, 76-60. Brendon Newble scored 17 points and Kyle Greeley added 15 as Vista Murrieta routed the Panthers. Perris was led by freshman Shadi Abdelrahman who finished with 28 points and drilled eight 3-pointers in the game.
The most exciting game of the tournament was between Temescal Canyon (7-4) and Temecula Valley (3-3) as they took the crowd to their feet numerous times in an OT thriller to wrap up the day. The Titans ousted the Golden Bears 58-57 in the final seconds of the game to move to 8-3 on the season. Evan Tupper scored 13 points to lead the Titans. Nate Jacobsen led Temecula Valley with 20 points.