Titan boys take League championship

Tahquitz’ Varsity Boys Basketball bested West Valley, 69-45 to win the Mountain Pass League title 10-0

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The Titan boys go at it against West Valley to defend their undefeated status in Mountain Pass League.

■ Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

A strong team always tries to finish their season strong. This holds true for the Tahquitz Varsity Titan boys, who went into last Friday night’s game 9-0 in the Mountain Pass League and 22-4 overall this season. It was certainly a game to remember, as Tahquitz celebrated Senior Night.
As the Titan boys went to work against the visiting West Valley Mustangs, a full house got to witness an intense match. The Mustangs took the first two points of the game before the match started going back and forth, score wise. After a noisy first quarter, the Titans did manage to get a six-point edge, making this a battle of 18-12.

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Twelve of the Titan basketball players are set to graduate this summer. They were honored Friday Night as part of Tahquitz’ Senior Night.

The Mustangs would not stay down for long, equalizing early in the second quarter before the Titans rocketed ahead of them. After half of a game, the Titans were up 43-21. The mustangs were on the run…to the locker room, to strategize.
During halftime, the cheerleaders from both schools mingled and showed off a few moves to keep the crowd’s energy up for the second half. And they needed it for a very intense second half… the Titans continued in their winning ways, including a slam dunk by Justin Reed. The Titans added 18 points, West Valley four.
With the Mustangs down by 34 points, the time to bust a move was NOW. And they did, adding 16 points to their board… but it was definitely not enough to top the Titans’ 69.
Coach Brad Smith says he owed it all to his team: “I just told the guys, ‘Just go out and have fun.’ It’s the last time to play together at home. Obviously, there are playoffs, but just go out and have fun. I didn’t call any plays… They’re all friends. I wasn’t nervous at all.”

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
The Titan boys took league 10-0, which the outgoing seniors can put on their college applications. Twelve of them will depart this summer.

Smith also recognizes his 12 outgoing seniors: Zach Barreto, Christopher Carillo, Jacob Ciccone, Greg Clifton-Frazier, Cody Ferrel, Jordan Jackson, Mekhi Overton, Justin Reed, Asmar Sabb, Dylan Shirley, Matthew Strawbridge and Jordan Willams will all be walking the graduation stage… As long as ‘senioritis’ doesn’t get them.
For now, the Titan boys will have to keep up their strength as they take on CIF. For now, you can correct those season numbers to 10-0 in league, 23-4 overall.
As for next season, Titans, keep an ear open for basketball sign-ups next school year… Smith’s gonna need a few good men, from the looks of it.

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