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Mistakes Prove Costly for Valley

With 25 turnovers, this will not go down as the finest hour for the Valley College men’s basketball team.

But it was a mental mistake that cost the host Monarchs the most in a 51-49 loss to Irvine Valley (20-12) in the first round of the Southern California Regional.

That blunder allowed Irvine Valley guard Damian Raibon to break loose under the basket on an inbound play and score on a lob pass from Donald Williams with one second to play.

The basket left the Monarchs (22-10) in disbelief.

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The mistake ruined an outstanding second-half effor by Valley.

After trailing, 27-22, at the half, the Monarchs used a 9-0 run to take a 43-42 lead with 6:10 remaining.

The lead changed hands four times down the stretch before Raibon’s basket.

Valley center Leon Brisport had 27 points and seven rebounds.

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“It’s just very disappointing,” Brisport said. “We worked so hard for this game in practice and I thought we played well . . . until the end.”

Brisport was the only player to score in double figures for Valley. Irvine Valley was led by Raibon with 12 points.


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