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Laguna stays perfect in league

Boys' Basketball

Breakers dominate and roll to 44-29 victory at Godinez.

January 24, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

SANTA ANA — Traveling to Godinez High Friday, the Laguna Beach boys' basketball team knew it would be in for a deliberate, slow-paced night.

Coach Bret Fleming also suspected the Orange Coast League game between his Breakers and the Grizzlies wouldn't be an offensive showcase, nor one that would include any scoring runs. Fleming was almost completely correct in his predictions.

The game did feature one run, and it was immediate and turned in by Laguna, which used a first-quarter burst to establish the lead, then fended off the Grizzlies the remainder of the way, to forge a 44-29 victory.

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The win was important in the fact that it distanced the Breakers, ranked ninth in CIF Southern Section Division 4AA, from the rest of their OCL brethren. They hold no less than a one-game lead over their competitors in the league standings with one game left in the first round of league play.

Godinez had a chance with a win Friday to climb into a first-place tie with the Breakers.

Fleming knew the importance of the game, and by winning, Laguna improved to 4-0 in league and 15-5 overall.

Godinez fell to 2-2 and 15-6.

"We knew it would be a tough one," he said. "They are an extremely patient team and they slow the tempo down a bit. For the most part, they did that.

"Offensively, I thought we missed an awful lot of shots and had one of our worst shooting nights of the season. But, we did get off to a good start and our back door play on offense was there tonight."

That "good start" Fleming referred to came during the final 5:56 of the first quarter when the Breakers ripped off the final 13 points of the quarter, to open up a 14-3 lead. The run started with a pair of textbook back-to-back back door feeds by senior guards Matt Jones and Noah Blanton, which led to easy layins by senior guards Alec Wulff and Bryan Ludloff. The run ended when senior forward Josh Adams followed his own miss for the 14-3 lead.

The six-foot Jones didn't score during the game, but he hit the offensive glass hard and dished out assists throughout.

"I thought Matt had a really good game on the offensive boards," Fleming said of Jones. "He rebounded really well."

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