VISTA — The combination of Poway High School's tight man-to-man defense and its best shooting output of the season was too much for Vista to compete with a second time.
Senior guard Dave Delaney made 10 of 16 shots and scored 24 points to lead fourth-ranked Poway to an 82-61 boys' basketball rout of Vista Wednesday night in Palomar League play at Vista.
Poway is only a game behind first-place Torrey Pines, which was upset by Mt. Carmel, 64-63, in overtime.
Vista (11-8, 4-4) had won at Poway, 62-58, when the teams met the first time. In that game, Poway shot only 29%; this time, the percentage was 60.6.
"That's the best we've shot all year that I can recall," Poway Coach Neville Saner said.
Poway (15-4, 6-2) led Vista, 35-29, at the half. But it tightened its defense and shifted offensive gears in the second half, when it had a 47-32 advantage.