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January 25, 2011 > Titans escape upset, remain undefeated

Titans escape upset, remain undefeated

By Jeff Weisinger
Photo by Mike Heightchew

John F. Kennedy High's Titans boys basketball team may have had their defining moment of the season on Friday night, Jan. 21, after their narrow 79-76 win over American High.

Although the Titans stay undefeated in Mission Valley Athletic League play after the win, Kennedy has shown signs of weakness during conference play, narrowly escaping a loss against Logan last week, and then Friday night against the Eagles. Kennedy has won both games by a combined seven points.

Kennedy took the early 24-17 lead after the first quarter; however American fought back to pull within four points, 44-40 at halftime. The Eagles, led by Vinny Walia's team-high 24 points and Michaelvic Chukwu's 17, stayed close with the MVAL's top team, outscoring them 17-16 in the third quarter, clawing to within just three.

However, Kennedy's D'Vaughn Mann scored a game high 26, leading the Titans to their fifth straight league win. Kennedy will take on Newark Memorial Wednesday night, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. as they look to go 6-0 in MVAL play.

Irvington 52, Mission San Jose 43
If things couldn't get worst for the Mission San Jose Warriors, Friday night's loss to the Irvington Vikings added to what has been a nightmare season for the Warriors.

MSJ, currently winless in MVAL play, held tough however against the Vikes, coming back in the second quarter to tie it up at 24-all at halftime. But the Vikings would take charge in the second half, outscoring the Warriors 28-19 on their way to the win. Mission San Jose has now lost 12 games in a row, but will look to stop the streak Wednesday night in Union City when they take on the James Logan Colts.

Newark Memorial 63, James Logan 59
The dismal monsoon of losing that has defined the James Logan Colts this season continued on Wednesday night after their four-point loss to Newark Memorial, 63-59.

The loss marks Logan's second in three games, bringing their record to 7-14 overall and 3-2 in the MVAL. The Colts two losses in MVAL play have come to a combined total of eight points, a 76-72 loss to Kennedy and then the four-point loss to the Cougars Wednesday night. The Colts will look to turn their season around Wednesday night when they take on Mission San Jose.

Washington 55, Mission San Jose 45
Despite a struggling season, the Washington Huskies earned their first win on Wednesday night, Jan. 19, against the Mission San Jose Warriors 55-45. Washington (6-13, 1-4 MVAL) took charge throughout the entire game, taking the early 13-9 lead, then scoring 15 in the second. The Huskies would drop 17 against the Warriors on the second half on their way toward their first MVAL win. Washington, looking to turnaround their season, will take on Logan, another team looking to turn things around, on Friday night, Jan. 28.

For a complete rundown of MVAL boys hoops scores, as well as the schedule going forward, log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website -

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