Ugly does it for Laguna

Boys' basketball team is far from sharp in latest league game against lowly Godinez, but Breakers still manage 36-32 victory.

January 20, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Laguna's Derek Reigel drives to the basket in the first half against Godinez on Wednesday night.
Laguna's Derek Reigel drives to the basket in the… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

It wasn't a thing of beauty, but no matter how Laguna Beach boys' basketball Coach Bret Fleming looked at Wednesday's game against Godinez it was a victory.

"It was about as ugly as it gets," said Fleming, whose team finally overcame the Grizzlies midway through the fourth quarter and held on for a 36-32 win.

The triumph lifted Laguna to 3-0 in Orange Coast League play and kept the defending champion Breakers atop the league standings with Costa Mesa, which needed overtime Wednesday to defeat Calvary Chapel. Both the Breakers and Mustangs are 3-0 in league.

Laguna also improved to 10-8 overall but didn't impress Fleming for much of the game.

The Breakers trailed throughout against a Godinez team that made them work for every point they got. Laguna didn't take the lead until junior point guard Tyler Masukawa hit from three-point range to put his team in front for good.


Laguna had a chance to extend the lead late in the game but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Godinez (10-9 overall, 0-3 league) then missed a three-point shot in the closing seconds that would have tied the score. The Breakers rebounded and Masukawa sank a free throw with a second left to clinch the game.

In addition to Masukawa's big points down the stretch, another big reason the Breakers were able to pull out the victory was that they didn't allow the Grizzlies a point in the fourth quarter.

Laguna entered the quarter trailing, 32-30.

"We started to play a little better defense in the second quarter and they didn't score on us in the fourth," Fleming said. "I thought the guys did a nice job in that regard.

"This was one of those grind-it-out type of games. I thought Godinez pretty much outplayed us in every aspect of the game. We didn't come ready to play and were impatient and had a lot of careless turnovers. I'm glad we were able to pull a win out of this, but this is probably as frustrated as I've been all year."

The Breakers received two wake-up calls immediately. The first came when Godinez jumped out to a 7-2 lead. The second came when Fleming pulled his starting lineup and sat his starters the remainder of the first quarter.

Laguna did rally to within 9-7 at the end of the quarter but still trailed, 21-16, at the half.

"I pulled them hoping to make an impact," he said. "We got a little better in the second quarter and then shut them out in the fourth quarter."

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