Capistrano Valley Christian's Spider Adetunji dunks the ball during Friday's game against Saddleback Valley Christian.

SVC gets by CVC in overtime


MISSION VIEJO – The rematch is Feb. 5.

If Friday’s Capistrano Valley Christian-Saddleback Valley Christian boys basketball game is any indication, it will be a wild one.

Saddleback Valley Christian beat Capistrano Valley Christian, 51-47, in overtime at Saddleback Valley College.

It was the San Joaquin League opener for both. The teams are ranked high in their CIF-Southern Section divisions. Saddleback Valley Christian (11-9) is No. 3 in CIF-SS Division 5AA. Capo Valley Christian (15-6) is No. 2 in 5A.

Saddleback Valley Christian suited up eight players. By the middle of overtime, three Warriors had fouled out.

“Five players, four players,” said Saddleback Valley Christian junior guard Trey Smith. “Whatever works.”

Smith did the scoring work as usual for the Warriors. Capistrano Valley Christian tried to deny him the ball as much as it could, employing a diamond-and-one defense at times, but Smith wriggled free often enough to score 22 points, two below his average.

Amazon Nwoye scored 15 points for Capistrano Valley Christian. Spider Adetunji added 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Warriors took a 32-28 lead into the fourth quarter. The Eagles, who made only 10 of 37 shots through the first three quarters, made all seven of their fourth-quarter shots, including a muscle-it-in basket underneath by Adetunji in the final minute to force overtime.

Trey Mena scored four points, off of a 15-foot jumper and two free throws, to lead the Warriors in the extra period.

The rematch is at Saddleback College. Smith said he expects a game with the same level of energy, not only from the players but from the student sections that were very involved Friday.

“After this one,” Smith said, “the next game’s going to be even crazier.”

Capistrano Valley Christian today plays a nonleague game against Rancho Christian of Temecula in the Small Schools Showcase.The Eagles return to San Joaquin League play with a home game against Orangewood Academy. Saddleback Valley’s next game is today against Valley Christian of Cerritos in the same showcase. The Warriors’ next league game is a home game against Orangewood on Feb. 2.

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