Basketball Roundup: Good thing comes to an end

Laguna Beach boys', girls' squads fall in CIF Southern Section playoffs ending standout seasons.

February 21, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach | Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach High boys' basketball team ventured to Studio City Feb. 14 to take on host Harvard-Westlake in a second-round game of the CIF Southern Section Division 4A playoffs.

The No. 9-seeded Breakers received a big scoring night from junior guard Alec Wulff but fell behind early and lost a key starter in senior Jake Dalke in the third quarter. The combination resulted in a 73-60 loss to the No. 8 Wolverines.

Wulff sank a career-high seven three-pointers and scored a career-best 29 points for the Orange Coast League champs who end their year 22-7. Dalke, who picked up two, quick fouls in the first quarter, exited the game for good midway through the third quarter after suffering what Coach Bret Fleming said was a "bad" ankle sprain.

Senior guard Cole Kesler closed out his impressive Laguna career with a 17-points game.

The Breakers also were surprised before tip-off when Harvard-Westlake junior small forward Derick Newton, who Fleming said had been injured and hadn't played in the Wolverines' four previous games, was suited up and did play against the Breakers.


Newton went on to lead the Wolverines in scoring with 21 points. David Winfield, a 6-foot-9 senior center and son of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member, Dave Winfield, scored 13 points.

"Best team we've faced all year," Fleming said, when asked to rank the Wolverines against Laguna's previous opponents this season. "They have size, athleticism, and depth. They had some good shooters who kind of stretched the floor. We didn't box out and they hurt us, a lot, passing inside to their big kids.

"I thought Alec [Wulff] and Cole [Kesler] both came out and competed from the start and didn't back down, at all. Overall, we didn't play real physical, and we needed to be physical in this game. But I did think the kids did compete real hard and gave a really good effort."

Four Breakers, Dalke, Kesler and fellow seniors Shea Rouda and Frank Shojaei, played their final varsity game. Dalke ended his four-year varsity career with four league championships, Kesler won three, Rouda two and Shojaei, who played four years in the program, won one title this year in his first varsity season.

"It was a great group of seniors," Fleming said. "It was tough enough talking to everyone after the [Harvard-Westlake] game, but it was very emotional talking one-on-one with the seniors.

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