Gabrielino Claims Mission Valley League Title

Tim Peterson

Eli Peters scored 28 points and Bryan Phan added 19 to lead Gabrielino to a 61-45 win over South El Monte Friday night and complete a perfect 10-0 run in the Mission Valley League.
Gabrielino had already clinched the MVL title Wednesday night with a big win over El Monte but was still shooting for an undefeated league run. After a slow start the Eagles got rolling late in the first quarter and then opened it up in the second.
Leading 14-9 after one, Gabrielino went on a 14-2 run to open the second to go up by 17. The Eagles led 30-16 at the break.
South El Monte climbed back to it with a 7-0 run to start the third quarter and get within seven. Alex Ortiz was eight of nine from the free throw line and led South El Monte with 16 points. Ortiz had eight points in the third.
“I expected us to have a good year. I’ve had Eli, Bryan and Sean (Takeuchi) since they were freshman. Plus we had other guys coming back,” said Gabrielino head coach John Carney.
Gabrielino finished 22-3 overall and will open the CIF playoffs at home next Friday night. South El Monte went 7-3 overall (tied for second with El Monte) and 13-7 overall.

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