Search:

La Quinta moves closer to securing playoff spot

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

WESTMINSTER — With every second-quarter basket scored by the La Quinta boys basketball team, the Aztecs’ crowd got louder.

As the decibel level rose on the chants of “Defense,” so did the level of pressure from the Aztecs' full-court defense.

The end result?

A 15-0 second-period run that lasted the first 4:45 and gave La Quinta a 12-point lead and control of its bitter Garden Grove League rivalry game with Bolsa Grande.

The Aztecs defeated the Matadors, 63-51, behind 13 points and 11 rebounds from Miguel Flores Monday night at La Quinta High.

La Quinta coach Chris Palisin said that his team fed off the energy of the crowd.

“The pride of Senior Night and the energy of the crowd carried us through,” he said. “Now with one game left, we control our own destiny.”

The destiny that Palisin spoke about was the Aztecs' chance to grab a playoff spot. La Quinta (10-14, 5-4) needed the victory to stay ahead of Bolsa Grande (8-15, 4-5) in the battle for the league's final guaranteed playoff spot.

La Quinta took a 32-21 advantage into halftime, only to see the Matadors and guard Anthony Ho, who finished with 16 points, battle back in the second half and cut the lead to three, 44-41, with 7:04 to go in the fourth quarter.

The Aztecs used an 11-0 run, capped by a three-point play from Kevin Tran, over the next three minutes to regain control of the game.

Tran finished with a game-high 19 points.

Palisin said he told his players during a fourth-quarter timeout to stay confident down the stretch and they would win the game.

“We composed ourselves emotionally,” he said. “I told them that we can only control us, and that’s what we did.”

Al Tran added eight points for La Quinta.  Antonio Estrada contributed eight points for Bolsa Grande off the bench.   


See archived 'Sports' stories »
 
Ads by Google


Varsity sites:
LA
|
IE
|
SoCalVarsity.com
ADVERTISEMENT 
Search Players


ADVERTISEMENT 
Basketball:

Corona del Mar 58, Northwood 42 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

El Toro 66, Laguna Hills 22 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Estancia 43, Godinez 40 - 00:32 4th QT - Completed

Soccer:

El Modena 66, Brea Olinda 3 - 04:06 2nd Half - Completed

Basketball:

Aliso Niguel 51, Capistrano Valley 52 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Brea Olinda 10, El Dorado 60 - 56:15 1OT QT - Completed

Basketball:

Northwood 85, University 73 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Soccer:

Mission Viejo 0, Aliso Niguel 3 - 40:00 2nd Half - Completed

Water Polo:

Dana Hills 5, El Toro 15 - 07:59 4th QT - Completed

Soccer:

La Habra 0, Sunny Hills 2 - 40:00 2nd Half - Completed