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CdM surges in third, leaves University behind
NEWPORT BEACH – Lately, the pressure has been on the Corona del Mar boys basketball team to win in order to keep pace with Pacific Coast League leader Northwood.
On Thursday, it was the Sea Kings' pressure that did in University.
Steal after steal led to basket after basket for Corona del Mar, which defeated University, 78-57, to set up a possible league-title showdown with Northwood next week.
The game was decided in the opening minutes of the third quarter, when the Sea Kings (17-8, 7-1) used a full-court press to extend their lead from nine points to 17. Max Stone, who led Corona del Mar with 22 points, scored 10 points in the third to help break open the game.
“We talked about how in the first half we had 36 shot attempts and one assist,” Sea Kings coach Ryan Schachter said. “I think we had nine assists in the third quarter. We corrected it and the boys really shared the ball well in the third quarter.”
Corona del Mar led by 20 after all the damage had been done in the third. Drew Olson only scored two points for the Sea Kings, but he spearheaded the defensive effort, which allowed them to dominate.
“He brought a ton of energy on defense.” Schachter said. “Offensively, he finds other guys. He’s a consummate teammate."
The Trojans’ effort wasn’t a problem, but they found themselves overmatched by the Sea Kings. Chris DaSilva put in his usual solid performance with 17 points to lead University (8-17, 2-6), which found itself down by four points late in the first half.
Freshman Kiron Dey was impressive shooting from behind the arc for the Trojans, as he had nine points coming on three 3-pointers. Arya Anvar was the key for University in helping push the pace early on.
Blake Grable poured in 18 points for Corona del Mar.