Chaparral and Vista Murrieta clashed in the Southwestern league opener where the Pumas edged the Broncos 51-49 Tuesday, January 4. Valley News/David Canales photo

The Chaparral Pumas boys’ basketball team scored 51 points, holding the visiting Vista Murrieta Broncos to 49 in the Pumas league opener Tuesday, January 4.

With the first game of the new year out of the way, Chaparral now sports a 12-3 record. The Pumas will put it on the line next when they host Murrieta Mesa Friday, January 7. Chaparral will battle a Rams team coming off a 87-58 league loss to Great Oak. The Rams record now stands at 8-10.

The Broncos (13-5) will now prepare for the next game against Temecula Valley. The Golden Bears come into the Southwestern contest with a 1-16 record. In their last contest, Temecula Valley was taken down by Murrieta Valley, 83-43, in their league opening contest.

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JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.