Segerstrom rallies past Saddleback


SANTA ANA – The momentum made a couple of sharp turns in the third quarter of Wednesday's Century Elks Classic boys basketball tournament first-round game between Segerstrom and Saddleback.

With 2:17 remaining, Saddleback took a two-point lead on a 3-point field goal from Javier Ramirez. However, the rest of the quarter, and eventually the victory, belonged to Segerstrom.

The Jaguars (4-9) closed the quarter by scoring the last 10 points to take an eight-point lead into the fourth, and went on to a 54-46 victory at Century High.

Segerstrom will face Northwood on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the second round. Northwood defeated Century, 52-24, in another first-round game.

"We started playing a little harder," Segerstrom coach Adrian Gomez said. "We have a young group of guys, inexperienced group, but we got after it a little harder."

Guard Daniel Estrada led the run. With the scored tied at 38, Estrada scored eight consecutive points to end the third quarter. Estrada finished with 11 points, all in the third.

"He's a kid we brought up from JV," Gomez said of Estrada. "He's been doing well."

Sebastian Urias added 10 points for Segerstrom.

"I wasn't real pleased with the start (of the game)," Gomez said. "Our goal was just to play hard. We have a young group and that's the only way that we're going to compete. If we don't play hard, then it is going to be tough."

Miguel Toro led Saddleback with 14 points.

The Roadrunners' first lead came in the second quarter when Toro's two free throws put them up 22-20. Segerstrom closed the quarter by outscoring Saddleback 10-3 to take a 30-25 lead at halftime.

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