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Tustin's Nick Hornsby drives to the basket against Edison's Taylor Nelson in the second half of a Beach Bash Tournament game at Corona del Mar High School on Tuesday.

Tustin takes over in second half, beats Edison

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

For a half it looked like a young, upstart Edison boys basketball team could upset a seasoned veteran Tustin team that is ranked seventh in the county.

Only for a half, though.

Down by one at the half, the Tillers (1-0) came out and played tremendous defense and defeated the Chargers, 58-39, in a pool-play game at the Beach Bash at Corona del Mar High.

The Chargers (0-1) hit one 3-pointer after another in the first half, led by the 3-pointer that sophomore guard Jake Haar made.

Tillers star Nick Hornsby kept his team in the game with 11 points, many scored in traffic with the Chargers sending constant help to make sure the senior guard didn't get any clean looks.

Tustin coach Ringo Bossenmeyer made sure his team made the proper adjustments at the half.

"In the first half we really didn't do a good job of keeping them in front of us," Bossenmeyer said, "but in the second half we did a much better job. We had to limit their offensive rebounds because that's how they got a lot of their open 3."

In the second half, that's exactly what the Tillers defense did. They started the half scoring nine consecutive points and never looked back. They forced many turnovers that led to easy transition buckets, and Hornsby got help from the rest of his teammates.

"The great thing about Nick (Hornsby) is that he always makes the right play, even when he has two or three guys on him," Bossenmeyer said.

Hornsby finished with a game-high 24 points, including four 3-pointers and eight rebounds.

Also in the Beach Bash:

University 104, Rancho Christian of Temecula 60: The Trojans won their season opener as Stephen Quan led the way with 25 points. Senior forward Chris DaSilva had 24.


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