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Breakers restore order

Boys' basketball team, after struggling against inferior competition, regains control of Orange Coast League with impressive victory against Estancia.

February 03, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Laguna's Cole Kesler secures a rebound while being surrounded by Estancia's Ray Holmes, left, and Charlie Umansky.
Laguna's Cole Kesler secures a rebound while being… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

A week ago, the Laguna Beach boys' basketball team squandered a chance to control the Orange Coast League race.

Wednesday at Dugger Gym, the Breakers again got the upper hand.

Laguna moved into sole possession of first place in league and dropped Estancia from a share of that lead by scoring a 47-31 victory over the visiting Eagles. The Breakers did it by playing tough defense and leading from start to finish.

Laguna pulled away down the stretch to complete a league sweep of the Eagles, who they rallied to beat, 59-52, in the league opener Jan. 12.

The Breakers held a 20-15 halftime lead and put the clamps down on the defensive end from the start. They limited the Eagles to just 15 first-half points and surrendered just 16 more over the final two quarters.

Laguna improved to 13-9 and 6-1 in league. "I thought we defended really well and played real hard, and that went a long way for us," Laguna Coach Bret Fleming said. "This was a good win.

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"Defensively, we went into the game saying that we had to focus on shutting down (Davon) Joyner and (Ray) Holmes, who is a good three-point shooter. I thought Jake (Dalke) did a great job on containing Joyner and really stepped up, and Cole (Kesler) mostly defended Holmes, although we threw a lot of switching screens on him. It was a real nice effort on defense."

Joyner, a 6-foot-4 point guard, came into Wednesday's game averaging nearly 17 points. The Breakers held the senior to six. Holmes, meanwhile, didn't hit a three-point shot and tied his season low in scoring with three points.

The Eagles' Rashad Davis led all scorers with 18 points.

Dalke's 11 points paced the Breakers, whose balanced scoring included eight points by Tyler Kesler — who was coming off an ankle sprain that had sidelined him the last two games — seven each by Cole Kesler and Jack Pillsbury, six by Derek Reigel, five by Paul McCabe and three by Tyler Masukawa.

Masukawa, who didn't play in last Friday's league game at Calvary Chapel because of illness, still was under the weather Wednesday. The junior did play a couple of minutes to start the game before heading to the bench. He did return late in the game to replace Cole Kesler, who began to cramp up.

"I thought Tyler did a real nice job defensively after Cole cramped up," Fleming said. "He wasn't feeling well but played some good minutes."

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