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Basketball Roundup: Breakers seek identity

Boys' basketball team remains a mystery, Coach Fleming says of Laguna Beach, which is 7-5.

December 20, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

Twelve games into the 2012-13 season, and Laguna Beach High boys' basketball coach Bret Fleming says he's still mystified by his team.

The Breakers have won seven of those 12 outings and most recently wrapped play Saturday at the Irvine World News/Gary Raya Classic. They started off dubiously at the tournament, losing consecutive games to Woodbridge (52-42) and Tesoro (60-52). They regrouped to defeat Esperanza (70-58) and Edison (60-54) in succession, but in the fifth-place game Saturday, lost, 54-45, to Northwood.

Senior guard Cole Kesler scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and junior guard Alec Wulff scored 14 in the Northwood loss. Kesler, who had eight rebounds and seven assists in the win over Edison, was named to the all-tourney team.

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Laguna hasn't played since the Northwood game and returns to action Saturday. The Breakers take on Corona del Mar as part of the two-day North/South Challenge. Tipoff is 12:30 p.m. at El Toro High.

The Sea Kings on Tuesday defeated Los Alamitos, 53-51, at the Sunset League-Pacific Coast League Challenge.

"The team is still a mystery to me," Fleming said. "We've played really well at times and beaten some good teams, and other times, we've lost to teams we should have beat. This tourney (Irvine/Gary Raya Classic) was a good example of that.

"Any time we play CdM, it's a big game. They try to run and press. We'll have to be good in transition and value the ball."

The Breakers will play over the holiday break. They start play Wednesday at the Estancia Coast Classic and will open pool play against Newport Harbor at 1 p.m. at Estancia High. They'll also face Laguna Hills in pool play at 3 p.m. on Thursday, also at Estancia.

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Laguna won for the seventh time in its first eight games Saturday when the Breakers defeated host Capistrano Valley Christian, 43-29. Junior Jane Wallin and freshman Jackie Cenan both scored 12 points for the Breakers. Juniors Kyra Humphries and Mandi Wisbaum both scored six points.

"It was nice to get the victory, but we didn't play well in many facets of the game," Laguna Coach Mark Lewis said. "Our defensive rotations were late. We didn't rebound well. We had too many senseless turnovers. On top of that, we couldn't throw a pea in the ocean.

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