The Temecula Valley Golden Bears escaped the clutches of yet another league opponent Tuesday night with a fourth quarter rally that stunned the Nighthawks and put them in sole possession of first place in the Southwestern League. TVHS will be at Vista Murrieta tonight for the final round through the league season and are 5-0.
The Nighthawks knew they would have their hands full with the Bears. TVHS had come from behind in two previous games against Great Oak and Vista Murrieta. They easily beat Chaparral and Murrieta Mesa and stomped top ranked Elsinore 75-66.
Temecula Valley found a tough opponent at MVHS. Both teams scored 16 points in the first period and 14 in the second. The Nighthawks broke the 30-30 tie in the third period and led by one 43-42 as the final frame began.
Junior guard Justin Simon scored six points in the fourth quarter to lead the Golden Bears attack. His 15-foot fade away jumper with 20 seconds on the clock gave Temecula the lead. The Nighthawks tried to counter with a 3-point attempt at the buzzer by Mitch Lenhart that just missed.
This was the first time that the Golden Bears have beaten the Nighthawks in 13 meetings. The last time that Temecula Valley won was on February 2, 2007. The Golden Bears would go on to win the Southwestern league crown that season. It looks like d