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Corona del Mar's Matt Ctvrtlik goes for a layup against Woodbridge's Vik Ghadi at Woodbridge High on Friday.

Corona del Mar pulls off shocking rout of Woodbridge

STAFF WRITER

IRVINE – Corona del Mar looks like it’s ready to defend the Pacific Coast League title.

The Sea Kings, after a slow start, powered past Woodbridge, 74-44, in the league opener Friday night at Woodbridge.

“I’m the most shocked guy in the gym right now,” Corona del Mar Coach Ryan Schachter said. “Woodbridge is a really good team. I didn’t see it going this way at all. But I’ll take it, I’m happy. I’m chalking this up to us just getting really hot in the third quarter.

“We’re not 30 points better than them, just tonight we were and I’m sure John (Woodbridge coach Halagan) will have them ready to go at our place.”

After trailing by two points after the first quarter, the Sea Kings (13-4, 1-0) outscored the Warriors, 17-6, in the second quarter to take a 33-24 lead at halftime.

Then, CdM broke the game open in the third quarter, going on a 25-7 blitz to snap a seven-game winning streak by Woodbridge (11-6, 0-1).

The Sea Kings made five 3-pointers in the third quarter and wound up with 11 in the game.

Matt Ctvrtlik sank three 3-pointers in the quarter and ended with 14 points for the Sea Kings, who have won or shared the league title the past two seasons. Corona del Mar won it outright last year with a 10-0 record.

“He’s (Ctvrtlik) an amazing shooter and he kind of got in a little rut ... but he got going today,” Schachter said.

The Sea Kings were led by Taeveon Le, who scored 17 points and sank three 3-pointers.

“Defensively, Tae did a nice job for us defensively, too,” Schachter said.

Woodbridge was led by Ty Calhoun, who scored 15 points, nine coming in the first quarter when the Warriors jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Anthony Coloma added 11 points.

“If the game were a quarter long, I would be a happy guy,” Halagan said.

Contact the writer: tburt@ocregister.com


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