The Santa Rosa Academy Rangers varsity basketball team won the home conference game Wednesday, Jan. 25, against Desert Christian Academy in Bermuda Dunes by a score of 40-35.

Santa Rosa Academy in Menifee (17-4) overcame a slow start, trailing 18-4 after one quarter of play. In the second quarter, the Rangers began to settle down and play better on both ends of the court, shaving eight points off the lead going into the half.

After the half, Santa Rosa picked up the defensive intensity by applying full court pressure and crashing the boards for rebounds. Century Castle’s defense and rebounding, and the hustle play of Andrew Aitchison, was the catalyst in the Rangers comeback. Anthony Garlington’s 15 points and aggressive play on offense provided the scoring needed to secure the victory.

The win moved Santa Rosa to 9-0 in South Valley League play, giving them a two-game lead over second-place Desert Christian with three games to play. Santa Rosa is well positioned to win the league title as they wrap up against San Jacinto Valley Academy (0-8) and St. Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School (2-7).

Article contributions made by Action Captures Media Group.

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