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Breakers work overtime for win

Boys' & Girls' Basketball Roundup

Laguna Beach boys' basketball team outlasts Dana Hills, 67-65, in overtime for victory that results in confidence.

December 06, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
(Kevin Chang | Coastline…)

In a game that had several twists and turns, needed extra time to decide and went down to a few frantic seconds, the Laguna Beach High boys' basketball team discovered something about itself in the early stages of the season: its resilience.

Laguna withstood a late rally in regulation by visiting Dana Hills, then came up with big plays in overtime, to clip the Dolphins, 67-65, in a nonleague game Wednesday at Dugger Gym.

The Breakers showed their moxie after letting a seven-point lead evaporate in the final 67 seconds of regulation, twice fell behind in overtime, yet went on to win their fourth game to improve to 4-2.

The game was the home opener of the 2012-13 season for the Breakers.

"What I liked about this game is that when [Dana Hills] came back and tied it up, our kids didn't fold the tent," Laguna Coach Bret Fleming said. "I was really pleased with the way our guys stayed in control and kept attacking the basket. That was really nice to see."

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Laguna went into overtime without two of its starters in the lineup. Junior Noah Blanton, who finished with six points but played big in the middle, fouled out with 28 seconds left in regulation. Senior guard Cole Kesler, who started slowly but warmed up big-time to hit several key, three-point shots that sustained the lead for the Breakers, was on the bench, nursing a leg cramp. Kesler did return to the floor with 29.2 seconds left in overtime, with the Breakers clinging to a 66-65 lead thanks to a pair of free throws by senior Jake Dalke.

With Blanton and Kesler on the bench, juniors Josh Adams and Bryan Ludloff came up with key performances in overtime.

Adams, who finished with nine points, got six of them in OT when he hit all six of his free-throw attempts. In each of his three trips to the foul line, his free throws gave Laguna a one-point advantage, the last of which came at 64-63 with 1:36 left.

After Dalke had put Laguna in front, 66-65, Dana Hills (3-3) came up court with a chance at the lead. Guard Cory Blau drove the lane but was met at the baseline where he was met by a pair of Breakers. Blau was forced to turn and make a pass before heading out of bounds, and Ludloff stepped in front of the Dolphins' Ian Wright to intercept the pass. Dalke ended up with the ball and was fouled. In the double-bonus, he hit the second of two free-throw attempts to put the Breakers up, 67-65, with 11.4 seconds left.

Ludloff had subbed in for Kesler in overtime.

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