Snyder's last gasp lifts Tesoro, 80-78


MISSION VIEJO – Tesoro's Conrad Snyder figured he would have an open path to the basket.

"I knew they would double-team Tanner (Lancona)," Snyder said.

That's what Ocean View did. What Snyder did was drive the baseline and banked in a layup with three seconds remaining to provide the winning points in Tesoro's 80-78 victory over Ocean View in the final game of the Orange County North/South Challenge at El Toro High on Friday.

Ocean View (6-4) led by eight points in the third quarter and took a one-point advantage into the fourth quarter. Tesoro (10-2) scored 24 points in the final eight minutes, with Austin Channer scoring eight of them.

Ocean View had tied the game, 78-78, on two free throws by Jelani Jackson, his only points of the night, with 12 seconds left. Tesoro called time out, and Titans coach Steve Garrett selected the play that set up Snyder's winning layup.

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"Coach drew up that play," Snyder said. "He draws up that play a lot."

Garrett liked the final play, but was disappointed by other aspects of the game.

"I was unimpressed by our defense," Garrett said. "But I was impressed by the way we played down the stretch. We did enough things right to win."

Channer scored 28 points, 17 of them in the second half. Lancona, a 6-foot-9 senior, scored 25 points. He had 16 in the first half, but foul trouble limited his minutes and curtailed his aggressiveness in the first half.

Dillon Riese led Ocean View with 24 points including four3-pointers. Riese made three of his 3s in the third quarter.

The score was tied, 17-17, at the end of the first quarter in which the Titans made seven turnovers. Tesoro had a 28-28 lead at halftime, and a 57-56 advantage after three quarters.

The North/South Challenge continues today at El Toro with seven games, starting with Dana Hills-Marina at 11 a.m. and concluding with Mission Viejo-Canyon at 8 p.m.

Mission Viejo is ranked No. 2 in Orange County. Other county top-10 teams that play in the North/South Challenge today are: No. 10 Aliso Niguel (vs. Fountain Valley, 3:30 p.m.) and No. 9 El Toro (vs. Los Alamitos, 6:30 p.m.)

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