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SAM GANGWER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Woodbridge guard Michael Scarlett, right, and Irvine guard Jeffrey DeKlotz go after a loose ball in the last moments of the game Friday night.
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Irvine ends Woodbridge dominance

OCVARSITY.COM

IRVINE – Irvine senior Ryan Soltes and his teammates were out to end a streak Friday night, and they did just that.

Soltes poured in 17 points to lead the Vaqueros to a 58-48 Pacific Coast League victory over host Woodbridge, ending the Warriors' six-game winning streak over the Vaqueros dating back to 2008.

Soltes has been on the varsity two years, but he was thrilled to see the streak end.

Irvine last defeated Woodbridge, 54-48, Jan. 19, 2008, at Woodbridge.

"It's a great feeling," Soltes said. "Our crowd was awesome. I loved it."

Soltes wanted his final game in the Woodbridge gymnasium to be a special one. The teams play again Jan. 31 at Irvine.

"I'm going to miss playing here at Woodbridge, but I went all out tonight and I told my teammates to give it their all too," he said. "It was a great win."


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Many Irvine fans traveled across town to lend support.

When Soltes completed a 3-point play with 3:25 remaining to put Irvine ahead, 49-38, many were chanting "MVP", acknowledging Soltes' contributions.

Irvine (12-10, 2-2) also got strong performances from Jeffrey DeKlotz, who had 12 points, and Jackson Van Kirk, who scored 10 points and hit two 3-pointers. Cameron Miles added eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Irvine.

"I'm real happy for my guys," Irvine Coach Kris Klamberg said. "It's hard to come over here and win. We put in a lot of hard work. This goes to them (his players). Everybody played and everybody contributed.

"We had nice balance and shared the ball really well."

Woodbridge (8-13, 2-2) was led by Michael Scarlett (18 points) and Chase Bangs (16 points).

Irvine held a 22-18 lead at halftime and upped that to an eight-point edge in the third quarter.

Bangs put the Warriors ahead, 30-29, when he scored on a layup and added a free throw with 1:30 left in the third quarter.

But Soltes countered with a 3-point play to give the Vaqueros a 32-30 lead.

Irvine led, 35-32, after three quarters and extended its lead to 40-32 on a 3-pointer by DeKlotz with 6:44 remaining.

Contact the writer: tburt@ocregister.com


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