“They played the same way they did the first time we played them, except they had 15 games to improve on,” San G. coach Ty Stockham said. “They play tough nose total defense.” San G. got within five points when Julius Armon made a long 3-pointer to make it 30-25 with 35 seconds left in the half. Armon led the Spartans with 15 points, getting 10 points in the second quarter. Senior Alex Jacobs, who had a 19-point per game average entering the contest, was held scoreless in his last game for San G. by the Nighthawks’ relentless man-to-man defense. “It’s just sad that it had to end this way,” Jacobs said. “We put so much time in. We had high expectations, but I’d have to say overall it was a lot of fun.” Junior Marcus Williams scored 14 points and Knox finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for San G. San G. (19-8) managed to get within 58-53 when Regis Knox connected on a 3-pointer with 2:24 left in the game, but Murrieta Valley hit 7 of 7 free throws in the final minute to clinch the win and advance to a first-round playoff game at Redlands on Friday. The Spartans defeated Murrieta Valley 66-57 in December. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – Sophomore Bryce Lenhart scored 27 points and helped Murrieta Valley defeat San Gorgonio 68-58 in a CIF-Division II-AA boys basketball wild-card playoff game Wednesday. Murrieta Valley (17-10) increased its lead to 45-27 after Zack Sewitsky hit two 3-pointers early in the third quarter. Sewitsky finished with 16 points.