Junn Rodriguez of Buena Park looks for an open teammate with Chris Thompson of Kennedy behind him during the 2012 Buena Park Coyote Classic boys basketball at Buena Park High School.

Buena Park escapes with victory over Kennedy


BUENA PARK – Jonathan Magallanes went most of the game without being a factor for Buena Park on Wednesday night, but when called upon in the final seconds he delivered  two plays that sealed a 67-66 victory over visiting Kennedy in the Coyote Classic.

Magallanes scored his only basket of the game with 17 seconds left to play, driving along the right baseline and laying the ball in off the glass to put the Coyotes ahead, 67-66.

Kennedy’s Chris Thompson had a good look at a go-ahead jumper in the lane but it would not fall. Magallanes captured the rebound with two seconds left.

He missed his free throw, but he had done enough to secure the victory as the Fighting Irish’s half-court heave at the buzzer went wide.

“We like him on the offensive set," Buena Park head coach Shane Painter said, "so that’s why he came in late in the game and you probably didn’t see a whole lot of him during the game.

“We feel very confident with him shooting the ball.”

Kennedy big man Terrance Blum led all scorers with 25 points. Chris Thompson added 12 points, hitting Kennedy’s only 3-pointer of the game.

CJ De La Fuentes led the Coyotes with 21 points and Junn Rodriguez added 12 points for the home team.

The Fighting Irish (0-2) jumped out to an early lead, holding the Coyotes (2-1) more than four minutes at the start of the game without a field goal.

Kennedy was ahead 15-6 when the hosts switched to a high, pressuring defense that changed the game. Buena Park then forced seven consecutive empty possessions with the pressure and cut into the lead, drawing within 19-15 at the end of the opening quarter. By halftime the Coyotes had taken a five-point lead.

“I think that’s the key right there is us playing intense pressure defense and that creating our offense,” Painter said.

In another Coyote Classic game:

La Habra 72, Magnolia 37: Justin Jaimez scored 14 and David Desatoff added 12 points as the Highlanders knocked off Magnolia in a Pool B game at Buena Park High.


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