Mustangs win EBAL title
Senior day games are always important. Throw in the fact that it comes against a hated rival and the East Bay Athletic League championship is up for grabs and that is a lot on the line for one high school basketball game.
Well, that's exactly what was on the line Friday night when Monte Vista topped San Ramon Valley 56-45.
"It's crazy, I love it," Mustangs senior Trevor John said of the post-game celebration which included a Gatorade bath and fans storming the court. "This is the best rivalry in California. They got the best of us on their court and I wanted to make sure tonight was a different story."
As it turned out, Friday was a different story and John had a big part in that.
The EBAL champion Mustangs won their seventh straight game, improved to 25-1 and finished the regular season a perfect 10-0 at home. San Ramon saw its eight game win streak snapped and dropped to 22-4 with the loss.
John finished the game with 22 points and it was clear from the very beginning how much senior night meant to the 6-foot-3, three-star prospect.
"Senior day is very special to me," John said. "I really wanted to come out there and show everyone that nobody was coming in here and beating us. We are undefeated at home this season and I wanted to help my team get the win."
John started the contest with six quick points, but the game was mostly a back-and-forth affair throughout the first half.
The Mustangs were the home team, but the schools are just five and a half miles apart so each was well represented in the sold out crowd.
While the Wolves hung around for most of the first half, the Mustangs came out of halftime with a renewed sense of purpose and energy.
Senior forward Spencer Rust - who finished the night with 15 points - scored the Mustangs first eight points of the second half. Rust's run started to turn the tide then John provided a series of daggers.
Midway through the third, John hit a deep three, a step-back jumper and a fast break lay-up on three straight possessions and the game was essentially over.
"The shots started falling, so I just kept shooting," John said.