By BRANDON SAGLAM
Citrus Valley Blackhawks would host Yucaipa Thunderbirds in this rivalry matchup. The Blackhawks were searching to add a win to their league record having been 0-9 coming into the game. Yucaipa also looking to add a win as they had faced similar adversity in league competition coming into the game with a 2-7 record. The Thunderbirds, positive as they were coming off a win against Cajon and were resting just above the Blackhawks in Citrus Belt League standings.
Before the game began in honor there was a moment of silence for the referee, Robert Murphy, who was originally was the intended referee of the game since he had unfortunately passed away that morning due to a heart attack.
Here is a look at the game:
Citrus Valley ecstatic during pre-game as it would be the Blackhawks senior night for their players.
Despite the energy, the Blackhawks would face a solid defensive matchup against the Thunderbirds whose defensive zones efficiently prevented Blackhawk drives into the paint.
Citrus Valley would also begin to slow down Yucaipa’s offense with better defensive coverage. Blackhawk forward, freshman James Taylor, would contest and prevent a Thunderbird floater.
Citrus Valley would fight back into contention cutting Yucaipa’s lead to two points down 44-42 at a point in the third quarter. The third quarter would still end with Yucaipa up 47-42 though.
Yucaipa would place a damper on Citrus Valley’s senior night but can celebrate in adding a third win to their league record against their rivals. This game saw Yucaipa end with a record of 3-7, whereas, Citrus Valley end the season with a 0-10 winless record in the Citrus Belt League.