On Tuesday, February 4, the unbeaten Temecula Valley Golden Bears Boys Basketball team defeated their cross-town rival, the Chaparral Pumas (11-12, 1-5), on their home court by a score of 76-48. It was a very close first quarter, ending in a tie of 11-11, but quickly turned out to be a breakaway for the Golden Bears.
By the end of the second quarter, Temecula Valley topped Chaparral 34-19. TVHS maintained the lead heading into the third quarter and ended the next eight minutes 54-33 over CHS. Justin Simon knocked down fifteen and Ryan Schaefer had 13 in the win. Michael Scott led Chaparral with 15 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc.
In the final home game of the regular season last Thursday, Temecula Valley dominated Murrieta Mesa 66-36. The Golden Bears led the attack early on. They had the lead from the very beginning, ending the first quarter ahead of the Rams 15-11.
TVHS extended their point lead over the Rams, played strong defense, and only allowed 7 more points in the second quarter, giving the Golden Bears a lead of 28-18. By the end of the third quarter, Temecula Valley was leading the game 45-29. With help from the night’s point leaders, point guard Justin Simon (#1) and guards, Dominique Mitchell (#0) and Ryan Schaefer (#3), TVHS finished the night with a final score of 66-36 over Murrieta Mesa. Simon had 13 points, six rebounds; Zavier Harris added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Thursday was also Temecula Valley’s Senior Night, in which six players: Brian Batchelor, Malik Bell, Dominique Mitchell, Billy Moore, Ryan Schaefer and Temecula Valley Girl’s Varsity player, Christina Turner, were recognized for their commitment and dedication to the team.
Temecula Valley is leading the league with an 8-0 record and could end up with an undefeated league season for the first time on school history and their first league title since 2007. That year, under Coach Rico Thompson, the Golden Bears were 22-6 overall and 9-1 in league, losing only to Great Oak 79-76. They advanced to the second round of playoffs where they lost to Burroughs of Burbank 85-73.
The Golden Bears finish league play this week on the road at defending league champion and current #2 Great Oak (17-7, 6-2) and at #3 Murrieta Valley (16-8, 5-3). Great Oak defeated Chaparral 58-41 behind the 25-point game of Latrelle Franklin. Murrieta Valley beat Vista Murrieta 72-58 with Kevin Padlo and Tyler Bilton each contributing 17 points.