Pajaro Valley lost to Monte Vista Christian School in boys basketball 58-34 on Wednesday night. At first glance, I think MVC is the better team, but I don’t think it’s 24 points better.
Nor do I think it’s so much better that P.V. won’t be able to avenge Wednesday’s loss when the two teams meet up again, on Feb. 8, on the other side of Watsonville.
But the Grizzlies will need to play a more all-around game next time. MVC put its defensive focus on shutting down Mark Hinojosa, and they did a solid job, holding P.V.’s leading scorer to seven points.
That usually opens up the door for others, but P.V. struggled offensively and turned the ball over at key times. The 3′s weren’t falling and MVCs physical bigs prevented any easy baskets underneath — the perfect storm for a 24-point difference.
Someone else has to step up for the Grizzlies, though.
And those turnovers were costly (as they usually are). It seemed each time P.V. cut the deficit in the second half to single digits and looked like they might get on a roll, a turnover followed and MVC responded with a basket to go up again by double digits.
These two teams could very well win out until they meet again on Feb. 8. But let’s not forget about that other team in Watsonville; the Wildcatz fell to MVC in overtime and still haven’t played P.V. in league play.
Watsonville and P.V. will square off for the first time Wednesday at WHS.