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Laguna nears league play

Breakers enters Orange County North/South Challenge before starting to defend Orange Coast League title.

January 02, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

The final tuneup prior to the start of the Orange Coast League boys' basketball season will present Laguna Beach Breakers one final, big nonleague test, before the Breakers can begin its league title defense.

Laguna will meet Brethren Christian at 1:30 p.m. Friday at El Toro High. The matchup is the opener of the 15th annual Orange County North/South Challenge at El Toro. The 10-game event features five matchups Friday and Saturday at El Toro.

Other Friday games: 3 p.m.: Tesoro vs. La Habra; 4:30 p.m.: Aliso Niguel vs. Westminster; 6 p.m.: San Clemente vs. Edison; 7:30 p.m.: Mission Viejo vs. Servite.

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Saturday games: 1:30 p.m.: Saddleback Valley Christian vs. Los Alamitos; 3 p.m.: Capistrano Valley vs. Huntington Beach; 430 p.m.: Woodbridge vs. Sunny Hills; 6 p.m.: Dana Hills vs. Sonora; 7:30 p.m.: El Toro vs. Ocean View.

Brethren Christian has won 11 of 12 games. The Warriors, ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division 5AA, have won two tournament titles (La Verne Calvary Baptist, MaxPreps) and finished third in their other tournament appearance (Loatella) during nonleague play.

Laguna Coach Bret Fleming said his Breakers played BC during fall league competition, before the start of the 2013-14 season.

"I think we've played teams thus far in the preseason, that have prepared us to play against anybody," Fleming said.

Laguna, ranked No. 10 in Division 4AA, is 10-5 overall. The Breakers are coming off a 2-2 showing at the 24th annual Torrey Pines Holiday Classic which ended Monday. Prior to that event, they finished runner-up at the Irvine World News Tournament.

Senior guard Alec Wulff hit five three-point shots and scored a game-high 24 points, and senior guard Noah Blanton scored 18 points, to pace Laguna in a 55-50 victory over Arizona Ironwood Ridge in its Torrey Pines tournament finale Monday.

"I think we learned a lot about our team during this tournament," Fleming said.

Girls

The Breakers posted an overall record of 2-2 (Open Division) at the MaxPreps Tournament. They earned victories over Indio Shadow Hills and Washington Mount Si, and lost games to La Costa Canyon and Downey.

Sophomore guard Jackie Cenan made the all-tournament team.

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