The Murrieta Valley Nighthawks boys’ basketball team is set to hold their annual ‘Murrieta Valley Nighthawks Classic,’ which will host a series of teams from Dec. 7 to Dec. 12.
The tournament will host nine different teams, all from local areas. Including Murrieta Valley, the bracket sees Beaumont High School (3-0), Temescal Canyon (1-3), Great Oak (2-3), Norco (2-2), Lakeside (3-1), Rancho Verde (4-0), La Sierra (3-1) and Elsinore (0-0).
After finishing 2-2 in the Big Daddy tournament, the Nighthawks will look to turn that performance into a win in their own home tourney.
Led by senior Beau Paiva (15.8 points per game) and junior Austin Iannuzzi (15.3) Murrieta Valley, given a BYE in their first game, will face off against Temescal Canyon in the play-in round of the tournament. They will then take on Beaumont, to see if they qualify to move on to the second round.
The other eight teams will play three games each to see if they move onto the first round of bracket play which will take place on Dec. 11.
First round games include Beaumont vs. Temescal Canyon/Murrieta Valley/Elsinore, Temescal Canyon vs. Murrieta Valley/Beaumont/Great Oak, Great Oak vs. Lakeside/Norco/Temescal Canyon, Norco vs. Lakeside/Great Oak/Rancho Verde, Rancho Verde vs. La Sierra/Elsinore/Norco, La Sierra vs. Rancho Verde/Elsinore/Lakeside and Elsinore vs. La Sierra/Rancho Verde/Beaumont.
Four teams will move on to the first round, which will technically be the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Whichever teams advance past this point, will participate in the Final Games, which will be held on Dec. 11 and 12.
Rancho Verde – 44 : La Sierra – 22
Norco – 58 : Lakeside – 38
Murrieta Valley – 50 : Temescal Canyon – 47
Beaumont – 64 : Temescal Canyon – 37
Great Oak – 64 : Lakeside – 21
Elsinore – 65 : La Sierra – 63
Great Oak – 80 : Norco – 64
Rancho Verde – 49 : Elsniore – 42
Beaumont – 63 : Murrieta Valley – 52
Lakside vs. La Sierra
Elsinore vs. Beaumont
Great Oak vs. Temescal Canyon
Rancho Verde vs. Norco
Friday 12/11 and Saturday 12/12
Consolation and Championship games