Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Marmonte League Games - SV vs Moorpark

Simi Valley 75, Moorpark 47
Lorne Jackson had 16 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals for Simi Valley (14-1, 3-0), ranked No. 21 by The Times, against visiting Moorpark (10-5, 1-2).

Simi Valley beats Moorpark by 28
By Roman Veytsman, Special to the Daily News
Article Last Updated: 01/04/2008 10:35:09 PM PST

There would be no letdown for the Simi Valley boys' basketball team following its run to the championship game of the Maxpreps Holiday Classic.
Behind Brad Lewis' 19 points, Lorne Jackson's floor game and the inside presence of Mike Meza, the Pioneers blew out Moorpark 75-47 and further solidified themselves as the favorite to win the Marmonte League.
"Before the season we said we're gonna go undefeated in league so we're gonna try to keep that up," Jackson said.
Coming into the matchup, Simi Valley (14-1, 3-0) had a sour taste in its mouth, both from its last game, a last second 84-83 loss to Dominguez of Compton, its first of the season, and last season when the Pioneers lost four of their last six league games to finish third.
"It kind of seems like they have some unfinished business and they've got some seniors that are hungry," said Moorpark coach Adam Wohlstattar, who's known Simi Valley coach Christian Aurand since the two were in the fifth grade.
Jackson, one of those seniors added seven rebounds, seven assists, and six steals to his line of 14 points, a game after dropping 39 on Compton Dominguez. Meza another senior added 17 and like Jackson and the rest of Simi's starters sat out the fourth quarter.
After Mike Meza picked up a technical foul in the second quarter, and was forced to go to the bench with three personal fouls, Simi Valley went on a 22-1 run to close the half and extended the lead to 52-25.
"I think the strength of the team is your depth," Aurand said.
For Jackson and his teammates, anything lower than a first place finish would be unacceptable this year. They haven't won the league since 2000, Aurand's first season.
"I'll be honest, any team has a chance to compete with Simi, but maybe not," Wohlstattar said. "They've got a pair in Meza and Jackson that are experienced, that are hungry, that will do anything coach Aurand says."