Citrus Valley High School

Redlands East Valley defeats Citrus Valley in a fast-paced matchup


Citrus Valley Blackhawks would face the Redlands East Valley Wildcats at home in hopes of getting their first Citrus Belt League win. The Wildcats were looking to continue their undefeated streak in league games being 2-0, whereas Citrus Valley came into the game being 0-3 in league matches.

Here is a look at the game:

Both teams ready to go being a big game as both are Redlands teams.

The match up for tip off was Redlands East Valley’s senior Sam Gonzales against Citrus Valley freshman Jacob Taylor, which Redlands East Valley would win.
Once Redlands East Valley won the tip junior guard Hakeem Banuelos would make a quick drive up the floor with Citrus Valley sophomore guard Tse Okorodudu right behind him.
Citrus Valley senior A.J. Burroughs fights through the defense as he makes his way to the rim.
Guard Da’Sean Stevens carries the ball up the floor following a Citrus Valley score. The first quarter would end 14-12 Redlands East Valley on top after a lot of back and forth.
Senior Sam Gonzales attempts to score over junior D’Jallon Hanna.

Both Redlands East Valley senior Sebastian Zerpa and Citrus Valley freshman Jacob Taylor were aggressive on offense all night. Sebastian who was coming off 23 points in the game against Carter and finished the night with 26 points. The half ended with Redlands East Valley in the lead 34-24.

Hakeem Banuelos attempts to pass guard Tse Okorodudu who stands him up. Tse would be Citrus Valley’s highest scorer with 14 points.
Senior A.J. Burroughs scores after knocking down Redlands East Valley senior Sam Gonzalez. A.J. would end the night with 12 points in the game.
Hakeem Banuelos with a back pass to an open teammate on the fast break.
Redlands East Valley senior going up to score over Citrus Valley’s Jacob Taylor. Sam Gonzales would have nine points for the night.

Citrus Valley junior D’Jallon Hanna scoring a reverse layup at the end of the third quarter. Redlands East Valley would still be in the lead 49-35.

Redlands East Valley’s offense was relentless and took advantage of the less experienced defense they faced from the younger Citrus Valley team.

Redlands East Valley rebounding the ball after a Citrus Valley missed shot.

Redlands East Valley Wildcats would win the game 72-59 making them top of the Citrus Belt league with a 3-0 record. Citrus Valley yet to earn a league win being 0-4 in league.

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