Hoops teams eye league crowns

Boys' team looks to continue Orange Coast League dominance, while the girls' squad thinks it can challenge for top spot.

December 02, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,

The Laguna Beach boys' basketball team split its first two games of its 2010-11 season that launched Monday.

On Tuesday, the Breakers picked up their fist win by defeating Rancho Alamitos, 49-33, at the La Quinta Tournament. Tyler Kesler scored 16 points, Brandon Lewis had 10 points and Cole Kesler scored eight. The Breakers, however, lost returning all-league starting point guard Tyler Masukawa in the second quarter to a foot injury.

Breakers Coach Bret Fleming said he didn't know the "severity" of the injury, stating, "but it doesn't look good."

Laguna dropped its season opener Monday, 65-35, to San Clemente. Jake Dalke had 12 points and Masukawa scored seven.

The Breakers continue play today and Saturday at the tournament. On Wednesday, they'll open their home slate with a 7 p.m. nonleague game against Dana Hills.


Fleming, in his 16th year as boys' coach, has five returning players — three who started — from last year's team that went 10-14 but was 6-2 in Orange Coast League play and won the championship. Fleming has guided the Breakers to four straight league titles.

Returning players are Masukawa (PG, 5-8, Jr.), Dalke (G, 6-3, Soph.), Lewis (F, 6-2, Jr.), Tyler Kesler (F, 6-0, Sr.) and Derek Reigel (G, 6-1, Jr.),. Masukawa, Dalke and Reigel started last year and all three earned all-league honors. Masukawa averaged 10.4 points and four assists per game, Dalke 8.5 points and three rebounds and Reigel 5.6 points and six rebounds.

Rounding out this 2010-11 roster are newcomers Cole Kesler (G, 6-2, Soph.), Jack Pillsbury (G, 6-3, Jr.), Remington Zona (G, 5-9, Jr.), Paul MacCabe (G, 6-2, Soph.), Luke Barker (Post, 6-3, Jr.) and Noah Blanton (F, 6-3, Fr.).

"This is still an awfully young group, although we do have some experience," Fleming said. "There's still some question as to how good we'll be this year. I think if we can get healthy and stay healthy, we can be pretty competitive.

"I'm impressed with this group's dedication. They show up and work hard every day, from the end of last season, till today. We have some talented kids who should mature into really good players. We still need to figure out what it takes to beat really good teams, how to dig a little deeper, how to fight."


Boys' basketball schedule

Monday: Lost 65-35 to San Clemente

Tuesday: Won 49-33 over Rancho Alamitos

Today-Saturday: at La Quinta Tournament

Wednesday: Dana Hills, 7 p.m.

Dec. 10: Irvine, 7 p.m.

Dec. 13-18: at Orange Optimist Classic (at Westminster High)

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