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Trio helps Foothill beat Brea Olinda
TUSTIN – Justin Davis scored 21 points and No. 6 Foothill used a late first-half surge to break open a close game and go on to defeat Brea Olinda, 56-40, in a Century League game Friday at Foothill.
Jacob Dean poured in 15 points and Kyle Lawson pulled down 18 rebounds as the Knights (16-2, 4-1) improved to 4-0 at home and won for the 12th time in 13 games.
"We played great team defense and it's a huge win for us," Davis said. "We buckled down in the second quarter and held them to a single digit and that opened our transition game."
Following a basket by Chandler Ramos, the Wildcats led, 16-14, with 4:33 left in the half. Davis, Lawson and Dean then ignited the Knights attack as they scored on their final seven possessions of the half. Connor Stevens started the run with a 3-pointer. Lawson's layup just before the buzzer propelled the Knights to a 29-19 halftime lead.
"We executed our offense and didn't give them any second chances," said Lawson, who also scored eight points.
Brea cut the lead to 45-36 following a free throw by Michael Turner (nine points) with 4:43 to play, but the Wildcats could only muster two more baskets the rest of the way. The Knights converted seven free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
"We got a defensive commitment for four quarters tonight," Foothill coach Rusty Van Cleave said.
Vilius Vysnaiskas led the Wildcats (14-5, 2-3) with 13 points.
Brea Olinda coach Jeff Sink did not attend Friday's game. Sink was home sick with the flu and missed the first game of his 35-year coaching career. Assistant coach Jason Gan was in charge.
"They got too many offensive rebounds and we did not shoot well," Gan said. "We also turned the ball over too many times in the first half."