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Fast-paced Savanna storms past Buena Park
BUENA PARK – Savanna's plan heading into its nonleague contest against Buena Park on Friday was to play up tempo and use senior guard Keith Davis to attack the basket.
The strategy worked as Davis scored a game-high 29 points, including 12 from the free throw line, in leading the Rebels to a 69-62 victory at Buena Park High.
"Part of our game plan was to be aggressive," Savanna coach Scott Wilbur said.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Savanna (7-3), which had won five in row before stumbling vs. Cypress and then losing by one point to Western.
The Coyotes (4-7), who won their Freeway League opener over Fullerton on Thursday, tried to keep the pace slow against the Rebels and had some success when they could work the ball in to their top scorer, Devon Boston, who finished with 19 points.
But Buena Park got careless too many times, sometimes resulting in scoring spurts for the Rebels.
Early in the third quarter, Davis hit two free throws to put the Rebels ahead, 43-35.
When Buena Park inbounded the ball after the second free throw, Davis was there to make the steal and go up for a layup. He was fouled in the act of shooting, and made the free throw, effectively resulting in a five-point run in less than five seconds.
An almost identical sequence occurred in the fourth, when Davis made a layup, stole the inbounds pass and scored again to put Savanna up 63-54.
But the Coyotes weren't about to concede.
Junn Rodriguez hit two three-pointers to get Buena Park to within seven with 40 seconds left in the game.
Savanna then committed a five-second violation, giving the ball right back to the Coyotes.
But Rodriguez couldn't convert what would have been a third consecutive three-pointer and the Rebels ran out the clock.
"They never go away," Wilbur said of the Coyotes.
"They've been improving ... They will win some games in the Freeway League."