CdM battles back to beat Los Alamitos


HUNTINGTON BEACH – Corona del Mar overcame poor shooting in the first half to take a 53-51 victory over Los Alamitos' boys basketball team in a Sunset League-Pacific Coast League Challenge game at Huntington Beach High on Tuesday night.

After trailing by 10 in the first half, the Sea Kings (6-4) used a big third quarter to take a 40-36 lead, but they still had to fend off a late challenge from Los Alamitos (2-3).

The momentum switch toward Corona del Mar seemed apparent during an 8-0 run, which included 3-pointers from Drew Olson and Bo St. Geme, to put the Sea Kings ahead, 30-29.

“In the first half we were playing hard, but we just could not make a basket,” said Corona del Mar coach Ryan Schachter. “In the second half, we definitely opened the floor and we held our spacing a lot more, and were able to get some gaps and create some good passes for open shots.”

Los Alamitos came back strong in the fourth after the Sea Kings had pushed their lead to 44-36 with 5:47 to go. Two baskets and a free throw by Khalid Washington started a 14-5 run over the next 4½ minutes, with James Noble’s 3-pointer giving the Giriffins a 50-49 lead with 1:05 to play.

Max Stone responded with a layup to put Corona del Mar up 51-50 with 45 seconds left. After a turnover, Los Alamitos needed to commit four fouls in an attempt to get the ball back. The Sea Kings could not inbound the ball with 14.8 second left, giving Los Alamitos one last shot, but Washington missed from down low with six seconds to go and St. Geme hit a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining.

St. Geme led Corona del Mar with 15 points, and Blake Grable added 11. Wes Mitter had 14 points for Los Alamitos, and Washington scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

Also in the Sunset-Pacific Coast Challenge:

University 77, Marina 68: James Xue had 30 points and Arya Anwar added 26 as the Trojans (4-6) beat the Mariners (4-6) at Huntington Beach. Max Gibbs led the Vikings with 20 points.

NOTE: The Sunset-Pacific Coast Challenge continues Wednesday with games at Irvine High.

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