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Breakers get back at it

Basketball Roundup

Laguna Beach, the defending league champion, open OCL with 74-25 victory against Saddleback.

January 16, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

A 12-day layoff, and two months' worth of playing games on the road, came to an end in Santa Ana Wednesday for the Laguna Beach High boys' basketball team.

The Breakers have played each of their first 17 games of the 2013-14 season on foreign courts. That 17th game tipped off Wednesday at Saddleback High and it marked the Orange Coast League opener for both teams. The Breakers steamroller the Roadrunners and the defending league champions ran away with a 74-25 victory.

Laguna took a 21-8 lead after one quarter, held a 35-17 halftime advantage, and then held Saddleback to only eight second-half points and held the Roadrunners scoreless in the fourth quarter.

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The 49-point separation between the Breakers and Roadrunners tied the Laguna school record for widest margin of victory (first set in a 2008 game against Murrieta Calvary Chape). The fourth-quarter shutout also tied a program record for a shutout in one quarter, originally set against Beckman in 2009, and repeated in 2010 against Irvine.

"It was a solid team effort, with everybody getting an opportunity to play and contribute," Coach Bret Fleming said. "We did a nice job of sharing the ball and playing together."

The balanced effort sent Laguna, ranked No. 9 in CIF Southern Section Division 4AA, to 12-5 overall.

Senior forward Josh Adams led three Breakers in double figures with 22 points. Senior guards Alec Wulff and Noah Blanton scored 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Also scoring for the Breakers were senior guards Matt Jones (eight points) and Bryan Ludloff (seven points), junior forward Samiar Tehrani (two points), and junior guards Garrett Wong (two points) and Isaac Wulff (one point).

Having started the season Dec. 2, the Breakers finally play their first home game Friday when they play host to Estancia at 7 p.m. at Dugger Gym. On Wednesday, they play host to Calvary Chapel, also at 7 p.m.

"I know the guys are really excited to play at home," Fleming said. "Hopefully, we can temper that excitement and play with some poise."

The Breakers' home opener Friday against Estancia is the first online game broadcast this year on Laguna Beach's community radio station, KX 93.5 (www.KX935.com). The station will broadcast all home games for the Breakers. Game commentary will be provided by Barrett Thornton, a senior at Laguna Beach, and longtime Laguna Beach resident, Dustin Mudd.

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