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Breakers atop league

Laguna Beach finishes first half of Orange Coast League play at 5-0 after 81-53 win over Costa Mesa.

January 30, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

They have reached the halfway point, but the Laguna Beach High Breakers know now is not the time to rest on their laurels.

The Breakers established themselves as the team to beat — a label the boys' basketball program has worn the past several years, Wednesday by picking up an important win. Their 81-53 victory over visiting Costa Mesa gave the Breakers a 5-0 finish to the first half of Orange Coast League play. It also allowed them to open up a two-game lead on their league foes with five games remaining.

As far as Laguna Coach Bret Fleming is concerned, the only thing that matters is the next game, which, for the Breakers, is the start to the second round of league play at 7 p.m. Friday at Estancia.

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"We don't think too far ahead," he said. "For us, we play at Estancia Friday, and that's our only concern. We're 5-0 now but that doesn't mean anything if we lose the next game. It's all about Friday's game. That's our only approach."

Fleming said the goal throughout the season for the Breakers, ranked ninth in CIF Southern Section Division 4AA, has been to come out focused and play with intensity at the start of each game. He was very pleased with his team's effort from the get-go Wednesday.

Behind the scoring of Josh Adams, who netted 15 of Laguna's first 17 points, the Breakers were able to take a 20-13 lead after one quarter. They upped their lead to 37-25 at halftime and still held a double-digit lead in the third quarter before Costa Mesa rallied to trim its deficit to nine points.

Laguna was able to stretch the lead in the fourth quarter and pulled away to win for the 16th time in 21 games.

Costa Mesa (14-7, 3-2), ranked No. 16 in Division 4AA, had a chance to climb into a first-place tie Wednesday with a win.

"Josh Adams opened the game huge for us," Fleming said of the senior forward who, he added, came in averaging more than 20 points in league play, and ended the night with 19 points. "He got us going. I thought Noah [Blanton] played a great game and really pounded the offensive boards.'

The Mustangs keyed early on Blanton and senior guard Alec Wulff, but Blanton still went on to lead all scorers with 25 points, and Wulff scored 14. Senior guards Matt Jones and Bryan Ludloff scored nine and eight points, respectively, and senior guard Max Brown and sophomore forward Darin Richardson closed out the Laguna scoring with three points apiece.

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