Deer Valley High overcame an early deficit to shock host McClymonds 56-48 in nonleague boys basketball action Wednesday, handing the Warriors their first home loss since Feb. 15, 2006.
“For our kids, this is probably the biggest victory they’ve ever had,” Deer Valley coach Richard Morton said. “I told them before the game that this was the defining moment of their careers and for the Deer Valley program.”
Mack (3-4), which has played in the past three California Interscholastic Federation Division I state championship games, had won 32 straight homes games since that 2006 loss, a 66-55 defeat to Castlemont.
“Everyone is going to know Deer Valley is on the map now,” Morton said.
The Warriors, which have no returning starters from last year’s state runner-up team that went 29-2, started quickly and took a 10-0 lead five minutes into the game. But the Wolverines (6-2) scored the final nine points of the first quarter and stretched that into a 14-0 run.
Deer Valley had a 26-24 halftime advantage that got as large as 10 points in the third quarter. Mack closed to 40-34 in the fourth, but a 9-0 run put the game away.
The Wolverines’ Andre McPhail had nine of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter and Olajuwon Garner hit three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Gary Williams paced the Warriors with 17 and Jamaree Strickland had 10.