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Metea Valley's Sean Davis scores as East Aurora's Tyree Willis defends on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media
Metea Valley guard Vin Patel was frustrated with his team’s 38-36 loss to rival Neuqua Valley on Thursday.
The senior and his teammates took it out on visiting East Aurora Saturday night. Patel poured in all of his career-high 22 points in the first half and the Mustangs saw nine players score at least six points en route to a 94-56 Upstate Eight Valley victory in Aurora.
Patel made 8-of-11 shots from the floor and both of his free throw attempts in the opening two quarters. He had 11 points in the first quarter to give Metea (2-4, 1-1) a 20-15 lead, then added seven more during a 19-2 run that gave the hosts a 44-25 cushion with 1:59 left in the second period.
“The practice we had after the Neuqua game we were all motivated,” Patel said. “It’s tough losing to your rival by two points. We felt we’d bring it to this game.”
Patel drained four three-pointers, all of which were assisted. It was a pattern repeated by many of the Mustangs, who combined to shoot 36-for-70 from the floor with 19 assists.
“My shot felt good, my team got me the ball and it went in,” Patel said. “I thought everyone did well. Everyone shot the ball well, everyone got rebounds, we boxed out and played good defense and got the win.”
East Aurora (0-6, 0-1) cut the gap to 51-39 on a jumper by Ray Velazquez early in the third quarter, but Metea ripped off seven quick points as Patel set up a three by Conner Archey, Trayvond Taylor had a steal and layup and Devin Flowers scored off another turnover. Metea tallied 30 points in the second quarter and 31 in the fourth.
“We came out playing hard,” East Aurora coach Wendell Jeffries said. “I think the game was won in the second quarter when we didn’t handle their pressure. They pressed us and we turned the ball over and they got easy buckets.
“We just don’t play defense. When it happens once and a team hits shots like that you can say they’re on fire, but this is about the third game where teams hit shots like that. That means we’re not covering.”
Sean Davis had 13 points and nine rebounds for Metea Valley. Flowers, Melvin Meeks, and Thomas Putz all added nine points for the Mustangs, while Taylor had eight points, seven rebounds and four assists and Archey and Hayden Barnard both scored seven.
“Obviously, [it was] a tough game the other night,” Metea Valley coach Bob Vozza said. “We talked a lot about our approach, our intensity and getting out and running and shooting the ball with some confidence. It was nice to get out and make our defense work and get us some easy ones. I think it relaxed everyone a little bit and we were able to continue it for the whole game.”
DeJon Talbert’s 14 points and five rebounds led the Tomcats, who committed 29 turnovers and were outrebounded 37-21.