Mission Viejo too strong for No. 2 Foothill


MISSION VIEJO — Mission Viejo has a lot of weapons it can rely on.

Some nights it's Evan Zeller; other night it's Max Redfield. Saturday night, though, every one of the Diablos' weapons contributed.

Sixth-ranked Mission Viejo rolled fairly easily to an 88-62 victory over second-ranked Foothill in the championship game of the Diablo Inferno tournament at Mission Viejo High.

R.J. Yoakum set the pace by making six 3-pointers and finishing with a game-high 20 points. Sage Stone finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.

Evan Zeller, selected the tournament's most valuable player, ended a productive week by scoring 10 points while dishing out 11 assists.

Mission Viejo coach Troy Roelen said Zeller was asked to play a different role in this game.

“We put Evan at the point guard spot tonight,” he said. “We asked him to share the ball, and he agreed. He’s the consummate team player.”

Redfield followed up his strong performance Friday (15 points, eight rebounds) in the semifinals with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game.

The game was a battle of two contrasting styles of play. Mission Viejo (5-0) entered the game averaging 79 points a game, while Foothill (3-1) averaged just over 60 per game.

Roelen said he wanted his team to wreak havoc defensively in order to get Foothill into the Diablos' pace.

“Defensively, we wanted to speed them up,” he said. “We got our hands on a lot of tipped balls, and when we get up, it’s really hard for other teams to come back.”

Mission Viejo used a 10-0, second-quarter run to take a 44-21 lead into the break.

Chandler Hutchison finished with 12 points.

Justin Davis paced Foothill with 19 points.

In another Diablo Inferno Tournament game:

Santiago of Corona 54, Dana Hills 43: The Dolphins trailed from the outset and could never catch the Sharks.

The Dolphins rallied in the fourth, cutting Santiago's lead to 36-32, but they couldn’t sustain the comeback. Cory Blau led Dana Hills with 15 points.

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