KING CITY — After 15 straight league losses, the Gonzales Spartans varsity boys’ basketball team beat their longtime rival, the King City Mustangs, last Thursday for their first league win of the season.

Coming into the week, the Mustangs were on a roll winning four of their last five games, while the Spartans had just lost their 15th straight league game. With both teams out of the playoffs hunt, this game was about bragging rights.

For the first time since 2020 — the last time Gonzales beat King City — the Spartans were able to overcome the Mustangs, 59-54. The 59 points sported by the Spartans are the most they have scored this season.

Leading the way for Gonzales was Adrian Perez, who scored 18 points, and Ray Blanco, who had 12 points.

With only three games left in the regular season, the Spartans have the opportunity to surpass their league total from a year ago. The Mustangs, who sit at 4-6 in league play, will have four more games with a chance to get over 500.

On Monday, Gonzales hosted North Salinas High School and King City welcomed St. Francis. Both teams lost their respective games, with North Salinas dominating 66-38 and St. Francis winning 67-47.

The Spartans will play Marina at home Wednesday night, while the Mustangs will host Rancho San Juan. Both games start at 7 p.m.

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Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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