The Canyon Crest Ravens defeated the Sun Devils from Mt. Carmel 71-46 in their home opener on Friday, Jan. 5. The win was their third in a row and their sixth in the last seven games. After a slow start, the Brian Baum-coached team seems to be playing their best basketball of the season. In the first half of the Mt. Carmel game, the Ravens thrilled their raucous student section with smothering defense and precision shooting - converting on 10 three-point shots, and taking a 40-18 lead at intermission.
CCA once again benefited from a balanced attack led by seniors MJ Metz (15 points), Tyler Elsom (13 points), Aaron Acosta (12 points) and Sam Crespy (11 points). Raven fans also got to see junior transfers, 6’5” Brennan Bordok and 6’3” Kamon Stewart in action for their first time since becoming eligible. Bordok grabbed three rebounds and Stewart scored four points in their varsity debuts. Canyon Crest faces highly touted Vista on Friday, Jan 12, before conference play begins next week.