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Balanced El Toro pulls away from Tesoro

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

EL TORO – No. 3 El Toro used a 22-point third quarter to break away from Tesoro and earn a 77-53 victory in a South Coast League boys basketball game Friday at El Toro.

El Toro (21-5, 5-1), coming off a disappointing loss to No. 2 Mission Viejo on Wednesday, had four players score in double figures. The Chargers were led by Ryan Roberts, who scored a game-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers.

Key contributors off the Chargers' bench were Tanner Aguera and Liam Skelly, who each scored 10 points. Skelly scored eight of his 10 in the decisive third quarter.

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SLIDESHOW: OCVarsity Hot Shots: Friday's basketball

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The early part of the game was tightly contested, and the Chargers held a slim 19-17 lead over the Titans (17-8, 1-5) after one quarter. El Toro guard George Buaku scored six points in the period.

Tesoro guard Austin Channer scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the first half, but the Chargers started pulling away for a comfortable 39-29 halftime lead.

Chargers guard Cody White added eight points in the second quarter, including two backdoor layups on assists from Buaku.

Roberts started the Chargers' second-half onslaught with two jumpers from beyond the arc, extending their lead to 15. The Titans were outscored by 12 in the third quarter.

The Chargers went into the game having won seven of their past eight games. Their only loss came in their previous contest, 66-60, against Mission Viejo, which took over sole possession of first place in the South Coast League.


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