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Basketball: Breakers take care of Bosco

Laguna Beach opens the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs with 58-42 win at home.

February 20, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach, Coastline…)

At this stage of the season, it's all about one game, winning, and advancing for the Laguna Beach boys' basketball team.

The Breakers stepped into the postseason Wednesday for their opening game of the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs at home against Rosemead Don Bosco Tech. They overcame a slow start by steadily pulling away to a 58-42 victory over the visiting Tigers at Dugger Gym.

The 22nd win of the season sent Laguna, the No. 6-seed in the tournament, onward to a second-round clash Friday against 11th-seeded La Habra Whittier Christian. Laguna won a coin toss Thursday, and will play host to Friday's game at 7 p.m. at Dugger Gym.

The Breakers (22-5) fell in a 16-11 hole after one quarter but regrouped in the second quarter and went on to take a 28-22 lead at halftime. They went out to outscore the Tigers (9-18), an at-large playoff entry from the Camino Real League, by 10 points in the second half.

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"We came out pretty lackadaisical at the start and really didn't 'D-up' on them," Fleming said. "They were probably a little better than we expected. They have a 6-foot-8 kid [Amir Kamgar], who is pretty good. and another player who normally shoots the three, knocked down a couple of three-pointers. "

Kamgar, a junior, led the Tigers with 16 points.

Senior Noah Blanton of the Breakers led all scorers with 21 points. Senior Matt Jones hit three three-point shots and finished with 15 points. Seniors Alec Wulff and Bryan Ludloff both scored eight points, junior Isaac Wulff had four points, and senior Josh Adams, hindered by early foul trouble and limited to floor time, scored two points.

"Matt Jones really stepped up for the second game in a row for us," Fleming said. "He knocked down a couple of threes that were big. Noah [Blanton] had a terrific second half, Isaac Wulff stepped in and played a good role for us off the bench, and Samiar Therani gave us some good minutes, as well."

Whittier Christian (17-9) finished third in the Olympic League. The Heralds boast a tall lineup that includes 6-foot-6 forward Jake Rivera, who is averaging 12.8 points per game.

The Heralds advanced to the second round by easily handling visiting Templeton, 43-19, Wednesday.

"They are a solid, big team that I think is well-coached and fundamentally sound," Fleming said of the Heralds. "They have some kids who are 6-8, 6-6, and 6-6, and they're big across the board. That No. 25 [Rivera) is a good player."

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