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Sonora captures North O.C. Tournament
LA HABRA – Mayfair of Lakewood and Sonora maintained an up-tempo pace for nearly 32 minutes in the final of the North Orange County Championships at Sonora High on Saturday.
The Raiders were the more aggressive team, however, and that worked to their advantage in a 76-64 victory.
Jimmy Golden scored a game-high 30 points and was named tournament MVP.
"Jimmy Golden is one of the best players in the county," Sonora coach Mike Murphy said. "He is an absolute stud."
Sonora (9-1) also drew plenty of fouls and made 29 free throws, including 13 in the fourth quarter.
"We wanted to run and attack, attack, attack, and we thought if we just kept going to the basket, we would get fouled," Murphy said. "It worked out for us."
One key sequence came with Sonora leading 65-57 with less than three minutes left in the third quarter.
The Raiders' Andrew Talley pulled down an offensive rebound, went up hard to the basket, scored and was fouled.
He made the free throw to stretch the Sonora lead to 10.
Sonora's Ben Rico also turned in a fine play, swatting away what looked to be a sure basket by Mayfair's Brandon Reynolds with less than two minutes to play.
Murphy was pleased with his team's performance in the tournament, but said it is only the first step in a long season.
"We are about 70 percent of where we need to be," the coach said. "I hope our guys aren't going to be satisfied winning a preseason tournament."
In the consolation championship:
Aliso Niguel 51, Capistrano Valley 49: Mauricio Campos scored 12 points to lead the Wolverines (9-2) to a third-place finish.
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