Montgomery pushed its advantage back to 10 points to start the final quarter before Rivera and Lofton led the Wildcats back. Lofton hit a basket and Rivera drained another three and hit two free throws to bring the score to 44-39. Five points was as close as Brawley could get as the Aztecs closed the game with a 13-6 run.
Overton thinks his team could turn things around in the tournament.
"We have to come out every night and play," he said. "It's tough to travel. We just need to get here, be healthy, alert, focus and get after it."
Southwest (3-8) was led by Nate LaBoy with 11 points and Chris Lara with eight in its loss to Grossmont.
Both teams return to action in the tournament today. Brawley will take on Hoover at 6:30 p.m. while Southwest will play Hilltop at noon.
Valhalla 75, Calexico 34
EL CAJON — The Calexico High School boys basketball team fell to Valhalla 75-34 in the Granite Hills tournament here Thursday.
Adrian Maldonado led the Bulldogs (3-6) with 11 points.
Coronado 76, Holtville 22
CORONADO — The Holtville High School boys basketball team fell to Coronado 76-22 in the Coronado Invitational here Friday.
Jon Singh and Andres Quesada scored eight points each to pace the Vikings (4-2).
Calipatria 57, Southwest 53
CHULA VISTA — The Calipatria High School boys basketball team knocked off Southwest High of Chula Vista 57-53 in the Chula Vista tournament here Thursday.
Ezequiel Navarro scored 23 points to lead the Hornets (7-4). Vontray Taylor added 16 for Calipatria.
The Hornets next play in the tournament at 5:30 today.
Calexico 63, Golden West 29
EL CAJON — The Calexico High School girls basketball team knocked off Golden West of Visalia 63-29 in the Granite Hills tournament here Thursday.
Lizette Lopez scored 27 points to lead the Bulldogs (7-5). Carla Chavez added 10.
Calexico will return to action in the tournament at 7:15 tonight against Granite Hills.
Monte Vista 51, Southwest 33
SAN DIEGO — Monte Vista knocked off Southwest 51-33 in the Montgomery tournament here Thursday.
Denise Rios led the Eagles with 11 points.
Southwest was to return to action in the tournament at 9 this morning against Hilltop.
Brawley 52, South Mountain 29
SAN DIEGO — After a opening loss in the Montgomery tournament here Wednesday, the Brawley Union High girls basketball team bounced back on day two and beat South Mountain High of Phoenix 52-29 on Thursday.
Leading Brawley were Reggie Horta with 15 points and Brooke Pace with 11.
The Wildcats (9-4 overall) will play Madison at 3:30 today in tournament action.