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Woodbridge effort pays off in victory
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IRVINE – Although Woodbridge coach John Halagan knew Laguna Beach would be the more physical team on the court Tuesday night, he made sure it was his team that played with the most effort.
The Warriors forced 14 turnovers and had three players score in double figures in a 52-42 victory over the Breakers in pool play at the Irvine World News/Gary Raya Classic at Woodbridge High.
“I’m happy with the way we played because I know Laguna Beach physically is every bit as good as us,” Halagan said. “It’s the highest we’ve graded out effort-wise all year, and we were more connected on the defensive end.”
Woodbridge guard Chase Bangs led all scorers with 14 points, and made baskets to end the first, second and third quarters.
Bangs’ layup off of an out of bounds play ended the first quarter, giving the Warriors (2-4) a 13-9 advantage.
With the score knotted at 17 with seven seconds left in the first half, Bangs stole a Breakers pass and converted it into an easy two at the other end, giving the Warriors a 19-17 lead at the break.
Woodbridge used that momentum to go on a 10-2 run to start the second half, pulling ahead 29-19. The Breakers (5-3) responded over the last three minutes of the third quarter, going on its own 10-2 run, cutting the deficit back down to two points.
But again, it was Bangs adding another steal and layup to conclude the quarter, giving the Warriors a 33-29 lead headed into the fourth.
“It was just a heads up play by a senior to really get us a little momentum going back into the fourth,” Halagan said.
Woodbridge scored on six of its first eight possessions to start the fourth quarter, and led by at least 10 points over the last four minutes of the game.
Jason Gregson scored all 12 of his points in the second half, and Chris Ho chipped in with 10 for the Warriors.
Alec Wulff and Noah Blanton led Laguna Beach with 10 points each.