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Laguna notches key win

Boys' basketball team, winners of four straight league crowns, opens league with an impressive win against Estancia.

January 13, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Laguna Beach's Emily Writer takes a shot over Ocean View's Francis Oda during a game at Ocean View High.
Laguna Beach's Emily Writer takes a shot over Ocean… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Step one is done.

Facing an Estancia team Wednesday that figured to be a big challenge to them in the race for the 2011 Orange Coast League boys' basketball championship, Laguna Beach picked up a key road win by outlasting the host Eagles in overtime, 57-52, in the league opener for both teams.

Laguna, which reached the .500 mark (8-8) for the season, came back late in the game to force overtime. Guard Jack Pillsbury hit two critical three-points shots, one each toward the end of regulation and in overtime.

The Breakers also overcame losing two starters, senior forward Tyler Kesler and junior guard Tyler Masukawa, to foul trouble, to successfully begin defense of their four-year reign as league champs.

Kesler fouled out early in the fourth quarter and finished with six points. Masukawa exited with 10 points.

"One thing good to come out of this is that, league-wise, it was an important win to get," Laguna Coach Bret Fleming said. "I also thought it was a good effort by the kids, who were really pumped up for the game. On the flip side, we were kind of careless out there and had a lot of turnovers. But we still were able to get the win."

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The Breakers were down three when they designed a play to set up Brandon Lewis for a three-point shot, but Estancia closed down the opportunity. The ball eventually went into Pillsbury's hands and the junior guard nailed a three to tie the score.

Pillsbury later connected on a big three-point shot in overtime that helped send the Breakers toward victory. Those were his six points in the game.

"We lost Tyler Kesler and Tyler Masukawa to fouls, but we had other kids really step up and play key roles for us," Fleming said. "Jack (Pillsbury) hit those two huge shots to keep us in the game and I thought Derek Reigel had a really good game."

Reigel, a junior forward, led Laguna with 18 points. Jake Dalke scored nine points, sophomore guard Cole Kesler had seven points and Lewis, a junior forward, had three points.

Laguna hosts league foe Calvary Chapel at 7 Tonight. Next week, the Breakers are home Wednesday (7 p.m.) against Godinez. Laguna hasn't played at Dugger Gym since hosting Irvine on Dec. 10.

Calvary Chapel opened league play Wednesday with a 47-38 win over Saddleback.

"Calvary always seems to play us tough and when we play, it seems to always be a pretty exciting game," Fleming said of the Eagles. "I think it'll be another tough one Friday."

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