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CdM starts strong, holds off Edison
NEWPORT BEACH – Max Stone scored 17 points and Blake Grable added 14 as Corona del Mar took an early lead then held off Edison down the stretch for a 68-61 victory on the second day of the Corona del Mar Beach Bash at Corona del Mar High.
The Sea Kings (3-0) held a 19-12 lead after one quarter, then built on it in the second.
They outscored Edison, 11-2, over the first three minutes of the quarter, and Corona del Mar held a 30-14 lead before Derek Molina’s three-point-play cut the gap to 30-17. But Edison went cold late in the quarter, scoring just six points on free throws in the final three minutes, and the Sea Kings led, 39-28
“We mixed up our defenses and I think that took them out of some things," said Corona del Mar coach Ryan Schachter. "Their best player, (A.J.) Garity picking up three fouls, I think, affected them also. They went cold and we were able to get a little bit of a lead.”
Stone scored the first two baskets of the second half to put the Sea Kings up, 43-28.
“He can shoot the ball. He’s a very good scorer, that’s what we need him to do,” Schachter said of Stone. “He did a good job offensively, taking shots we need him to make.”
Edison remained cold, not hitting from the floor until a Brodie Barton jumper that made it 48-31 with 4:40 left in the third.
Corona del Mar still held a 59-43 lead with 5:12 to go, but Edison was able to chip away at the lead. The Chargers (0-2) got as close as 66-61 with 11 second left, but Charlie Coffman hit two free throws to account for the final margin.
Edison’s Brae Ivey scored 23 points to lead all scorers, while Derek Molina added 15.
In other tournament action:
Santa Margarita 75, Rancho Christian 22: Senior Riley Sorenson scored 15 points to lead a balanced Eagles attack. Jamal Brower led Rancho Christian with 10.
University 75, Vista 72: Senior Stephen Kwan hit three free throws in the final 30 seconds to finish with 17 points to help lift the Trojans to the victory. Hakim Arnold paced the Panthers with 21 points.