Valencia High School shot better, rebounded better and played better defense than Savanna but still lost, 46-40, Wednesday in an Orange League boys' basketball game at Valencia.
The victory was the eighth consecutive for the Rebels (19-3, 7-0), who have also won 15 of their last 16 games. The defeat drops Valencia to 10-8 and 4-3 and eliminates the Tigers from a chance at the league title.
"We were totally out-played and out-executed tonight," Savanna Coach Tom Gregory said. "Even when everything goes wrong we somehow find a way to win."
Valencia used a trapping press to force the Rebels to turn the ball over 15 times. The Tigers held a slim 23-22 halftime lead on the shooting of Rudy Lopez and Bernie James.