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KENT TREPTOW, FOR THE REGISTER
Laguna Beach's Noah Blanton, right, works for a shot as Godinez's Brian Hernandez defends during Friday's game at Godinez.
See more photos from this game in the OCVarsity Hot Shots slideshow.

Laguna Beach starts slow, beats Godinez

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

SANTA ANA – Despite Laguna Beach's perfect league record, it has not always started contests with the energy of a first-place team.

The Breakers (19-6, 8-0) followed a similar script Friday night against Godinez but rallied in the second half and came away with another Orange Coast League victory, 46-30, at Godinez High.

"It's happened before ... we weren't ready to play some other games," Laguna Beach's Cole Kesler said. "We have to learn one of these times; we have to be pumped."

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SLIDESHOW: OCVarsity Hot Shots: Friday's basketball

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Kesler came on strong in the second half and finished with a game-high 17 points. Kesler made all three of his 3-pointers after halftime.

"We shared the ball a lot better in the second half," Kesler said. "When we're sharing it and passing it, that's when we can get the good, open looks."

Alec Wulff added 12 points, while Noah Blanton and Jake Dalke chipped in six and five points, respectively.

Brian Hernandez paced Godinez with nine points and Brandon Smith added six.

Neither team could get its offense going early on as they ground their way to a 7-7 tie after one quarter. It wasn't until more than halfway through the second quarter that either team broke into double-digits.

The Grizzlies (12-13, 5-3) held a 17-16 lead at halftime thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Anthony Avila and Jimmy Marquez in the half's final two minutes.

Less than two minutes after halftime a layup by Wulff put the Breakers ahead, 19-17, and they would never trail again.

The Grizzlies stayed within two possessions throughout the third quarter before Laguna Beach pulled away in the fourth.

"Hopefully our kids start to understand that anybody can win on any given night," Laguna Beach coach Bret Fleming said. "And sometimes our kids ... don't recognize the intensity that they're going to face, so hopefully we learned that."


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