The Nighthawks traveled to Victor Valley to play the Jackrabbits Friday night in the opening round of the Division 2AA CIF SS Boys Basketball Tournament. Murrieta Valley played rock steady basketball and came out of the high desert with a 79-61 win to advance to the next round.
The Nighthawks scored 19 points in the first and second period to take a 38-30 lead as the first half came to an end. After a third period where both teams traded baskets, Murrieta Valley finally took control and out scored the Jackrabbits by 10 points in the final period to pull ahead and put the game away 79-61.
Tyler Bilton led all scorers with a game high 28 points for the Nighthawks. Teammate Kevin Padlo scored 18 points against the Jackrabbits. Jordan Williams and Jacob Forte each scored nine points in the tournament opener. Mitch Lenhart had 9 assists.
Victor Valley was led by Khalil James who scored 21 points against MVHS. Demetrus Hall had 11points and Diante Gibson dropped in 10 for VVHS.
Murrieta Valley advances to round two of the tournament. The Nighthawks will play #7 Thousand Oaks (20-8, 9-5).