Monarchs lose by 10 in a back and forth matchup against Ventura

Despite a big night from the freshman center Sargent Jeffrey who scored 17 points, the LA Valley Monarchs fell short 81-71 to the Ventura College Pirates. Ventura’s sophomore point guard Adrian McIntyre did everything for the Pirates, finishing with 22 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.

Sophomore forward Anthony Garza was the first on the board for Ventura, scoring two of his 17 within the first minutes of the game. Jeffrey started off with a spot-up three pointer followed by an offensive rebound and putback layup. Sophomore forward David Huggins helped the Monarchs’ offense with some nice assists and a midrange jumper to make it 15-12.

With 10 points off the bench, freshman guard Nikko Rodriguez came in the game with some instant offense after a Ventura timeout, including a crazy up and under layup on a drive to the basket. McIntyre responded with a three pointer, but two big threes from Valley stretched their lead to six half way through the first.

However, freshman guard Kai Johnson hit two three-pointers of his own for the Pirates, bringing the score to 30-30 with 6:45 on the clock. Ventura took over defensively to end the first half, going on a 14-4 run. Two post moves for baskets from Jeffery at the end of the half helped cut the Pirates lead to 47-38 at the break.

Garza and McIntyre kept applying pressure to the Monarchs’ defense, stretching Ventura’s lead to 19 during the early stages of the second half. Rodriguez missed a layup but got the rebound and putback, while Garza hit multiple mid-range jumpers to maintain the lead.

McIntyre and the Pirates were able to hold off the comeback attempt from Valley, securing a 10 point victory. The two-man game from him and Garza was unstoppable from start to finish.

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