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No. 2 Mission Viejo survives battle with Edison
IRVINE – For three quarters, Edison gave No. 2 Mission Viejo everything it could handle.
Fortunately for the Diablos, the fourth quarter is when Evan Zeller caught fire.
A day after dropping 50 points against University, Zeller scored 13 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth, guiding the Diablos past the Chargers, 77-57, in a pool game of the Irvine World News Gary Raya Classic Wednesday evening at Irvine High.
“(Edison) shot real well in the first half,” said Mission Viejo head coach Troy Roelen. “They made seven threes in the first half. They kept taking those same shots, but I think tired legs got to them.”
Chargers guard Jake Haar drained four 3-pointers in the opening half, and led all scorers with 14 points. Edison (3-4) finished the first quarter with a four-point lead and added on to it at the start of the second.
Harrison Brunelli’s put back capped an 8-2 run that put the Chargers ahead, 29-19, and prompted Roelen into calling a timeout with six minutes left in the half.
“I thought we were being complacent,” Roelen said. “I thought we were allowing Edison to dictate the tempo, and that’s not something we do. I wanted to make sure we understood, with eight returning players off of two CIF final teams, that we should be the ones dictating tempo.”
Mission Viejo (8-0) outscored Edison by 15 points after the timeout and took a 42-37 lead into the break.
By limiting the Chargers to 10 third quarter points, the Diablos took a 54-47 lead into the fourth.
Zeller scored 10 points during an 18-4 run that put Mission Viejo up, 72-53, with three minutes remaining in the game.
“We just played hard, that’s all we do,” said Edison head coach Rich Boyce. “Their senior leadership and toughness was hard for our young guys to overcome.”
Sage Stone added a season-high 20 points for the Diablos.
Haar was held to only two points in the second half to lead Edison with 16. The Chargers converted only two 3-pointers in the second half.