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Mission Viejo takes hard fall against Inglewood
INGLEWOOD — If this is the end for Mission Viejo this season, what a run it has been. Diablos coach Troy Roelen just didn't foresee his team getting tripped up in the fashion it did.
Rebounding woes, turnovers, a five second-violation and a busted play all added up to a 64-61 loss to Inglewood in the CIF-SS Division 1AA quarterfinals on Friday at Inglewood High.
Inglewood (19-9) will play at top-seeded Mater Dei in the semifinals on Tuesday.
"Atypical," Roelen said. "It's just one or two possessions here or there that makes the whole difference."
The final difference came down to Mission Viejo's final two possessions. Trailing by three with half a minute remaining, the Diablos were called for a five second violation, this after calling timeout to prevent the same infraction. They then managed to force a jumpball and regained possession.
The clock ran down as Mission Viejo was unable to get the ball to senior guard Evan Zeller. With three seconds left, junior forward Chandler Hutchision attempted a 3-pointer from the top of the key that fell short.
All might not be lost for fourth-seeded Mission Viejo (26-4), which can still earn a bid in the open division of the state tournament. If not, the program has gone 107-17 over the past four seasons, winning the South Coast League title each year and appearing in a section championship game the previous two seasons.
"It's something unreal," Roelen said. "There are not a lot of public schools where kids win over 100 games."
The Diablos turned the ball over seven times in the fourth quarter after doing so just five times in the first three quarters combined. That, and the defense of Inglewood guard Randy Onwuasor, kept the ball out of Zeller's hands. Zeller scored 15 points, but was shut out in the fourth quarter.
The Diablos' other Achilles' heel was defending the glass, as Inglewood procured eight offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter.
A 3-pointer by Cordell Anderson capped an 11-0 run in the third quarter that gave the Diablos a 50-36 lead.
Anderson finished with 11 points, and Stone had 10.
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