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STEVEN GEORGES, FOR THE REGISTER
Mission Viejo's Sage Stone, left, fights for the rebound with Derric Green of Colony during the Nike Extravaganza on Saturday at Mater Dei High.

Mission Viejo tripped up at the free throw line

OCVARSITY.COM

SANTA ANA - Mission Viejo's final possession served as a microcosm of its 57-55 loss to Colony of Ontario in the morning session finale of Saturday's Nike Extravaganza in boys basketball at Mater Dei High.

The Diablos trailed by two with half a minute remaining and worked the ball around the perimeter, but nothing materialized. After a timeout and a blocked shot, Mission Viejo had a final chance with 5.6 seconds left. Guard Max Redfield received the inbounds pass, lost his dribble in the corner, recovered, and flung the ball to forward Chandler Hutchison, who was left with a far 3-point attempt from the wing that fell short.

Mission Viejo wasn't quite in sync without guard Evan Zeller, who ordinarily runs the offense and averages 21.9 points a game. He sat out because of a tender ankle.

"Things are definitely a little off when one of our best players is out," Redfield said. "It's tough to play without him. We were inconsistent. We didn't play as a team throughout the game."

That wasn't an issue Friday when No. 2 Mission Viejo (22-3) blew out No. 9 Aliso Niguel. Two days earlier, the Diablos assumed first place in the South Coast League by knocking off No. 3 El Toro.

Zeller hurt his ankle against the Chargers but played Friday and contributed eight points, six rebounds and four assists.

Coach Troy Roelen decided to rest his star senior against Colony and watched his Diablos commit 15 turnovers and fall behind by 14 points before inching their way back late. They tied the score at 51 with 2:12 left on a Sage Stone free throw. Stone had missed the first attempt, however, and Mission Viejo soon found itself playing from behind again as Colony's Derric Green made a layup and free throw on the other end.

Afterward, Roelen sounded less concerned about Zeller's ankle than the poise of his senior-laden squad.

Mission Viejo missed 10 free throws, a key difference in a contest in which it outshot and outrebounded the Titans (18-9). Another problem for the Diablos was defending guard Everett Turner, who had a game-high 24 points, including 18 in the first half.

Ocean View 88, Durango of Las Vegas 68: Forward Tyler Burch scored 24 points and guard Kendall Small had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Seahawks (18-6). Burch made 10 of 16 shots, including two 3-pointers.

Dillon Reise scored 20 points and had nine rebounds, Josh Mishler had 13 points and Jelani Jackson had seven points and six rebounds.

Los Alamitos 68, Upland 41: Paul Kadletz had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Wes Mitter scored 13 points as the Griffins (17-9) won big. Khalid Washington had 12 points and Eyassu Worku had 10. The Griffins shot 52.8.

Contact the writer: amaya@ocregister.com


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