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Mustangs Fall to Bearcats 55-40

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The Mustangs fall to the guest Bearcats during Wednesday's matchup

by Henry Montemayor

WALNUT – The Walnut High School boys’ basketball team dropped its second league contest of the year Wednesday night, falling to the Bonita Bearcats 55-40.

Ryan Ramirez scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half to pull away from a stubborn Mustang team who was able to hang around until the fourth quarter, when Bonita used a 12-7 run to seal the victory.

Matt Adamo tallied 11 points and a rebound, while Garrett Horine, who had a slow start in the first half finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Bearcats.

Trailing 29-19, the Mustangs opened the third quarter with some energy when Garrett Vita connected with Brandon Croom on an ally oop dunk. The two would hook up again on the very next possession to close the gap 23-29, which would be as close as Walnut would get, as Ramirez would heat up, scoring 10 of the 11 points in the third quarter.

“We broke down defensively tonight, communication wise and whatnot.”  Mustangs Coach Josh Cameron said.  “And with us missing some key free throws, and their hitting the big shots when they have to, that was the difference.”

Croom, despite being relegated to the bench because of foul trouble for most of the first half, finished with 11 points, two rebounds and a block.  Matt Chen chipped in with eight points, four rebounds and an assist, while Rob Harrelson tallied six points and two rebounds.

“Brandon (Croom) battled with foul trouble all game long which frustrated him,”  Cameron said.  “Because of that, he was unable to get into any kind of rhythm.”

Walnut (14-7, 3-2) looks to get back on the winning track as they visit the Diamond Ranch Panthers Friday.  Tipoff is at 6:30 pm.


BONITA (55) – Ryan Ramirez (18), Matt Adamo (11), Garrett Horine (10), Brandon Ko (7), Dane Hollar (5), Tony Digirolamo (4)

WALNUT (40) –  Brandon Croom (11), Matt Chen (8), Rob Harrelson (6), Jeff Huang (3), Garrett Vita (3), Myles Jackson (3), CJ Besong (3), James Te (3)


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January 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Covina Keeps Walnut Winless in a 42-6 Rout

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colts vs. Mustangs Sept. 23

Colts vs. Mustangs at Covina District Field Sept.23, 2011

The Covina Colts were heavy favorites going into Friday night’s nonleague game against visiting Walnut and they had very little trouble corralling the Mustangs in front of their home crowd, scoring 30 first half points en route to a 42-6 non league win.

The Colts (2-1) were coming off a 52-10 trouncing of the El Monte Lions last week, while Walnut (0-4) was seeking its first win of the season after opening up with three straight losses including a 46-20 loss to Claremont last week.

Covina’s senior wide receiver Vincent Venegas continues to terrorize opposing defenses this season. Venegas scored on touchdowns of 7 and 23 yards in the first half and the Colts added a 36-yard touchdown run by Gevontray Ainsworth to take a 21-0 lead on the Mustangs with just under 3 minutes to go in the first half.

Things went further south for visiting Walnut before the half ended.

When punting deep out of their own territory in the closing minutes of the first half, Covina’s Nicholas Hynes blocked a punt for a safety to make the score 23-0. On the play, Walnut’s kicker Orlando Ochoa alertly kicked the ball out of the end zone to prevent Covina from scoring six points instead of the deuce.

“We’re a good defensive unit as a whole,” said Hynes, who attributes the Colts’ success to the fact they have good team chemistry and to players having bonded while playing together over an extended length of time.

After the Colts scored one last time to take a 30-0 lead into the locker room, they opened up the second half where they left off offensively. It took them just 55 seconds to score again on an 81-yard touchdown run, in which Venegas broke several tackles on his way to the end zone.

Despite getting some offensive production out of senior running back Devin Brown, Walnut was unable to score a touchdown this week, scoring on field goals of 36 and 24 yards.

The Mustangs were also plagued with a rash of injuries on their offensive line, which coach Michael O’Shields said was a source of great concern to him as the team enters Hacienda league play next week.

“I’m going to have to assess that tomorrow and see who I’ve got left, and who I don’t, and some young guys may be in playing,” O’Shields said following the loss.

“We need to get better, all teams are 0-0 in league and our ultimate goal is to make the playoffs, so what we gotta do is to continue to play.”

The Mustangs open up Hacienda League play at home against Los Altos next week with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.


School Name        1      2      3      4      Final
Walnut        0  0      3      3            6
Covina       14 16      6      6          42

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September 25, 2011 at 4:45 am