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MVP OF THE GAME: Santa Margarita's Klay Thompson, right, had perhaps his best game of the season in Saturday's state championship contest, scoring a game-high 37 points in a victory over Sacramento.

Courtside Chaos: How Santa Margarita did it

Courtside Chaos: How Santa Margarita did it

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Adam Maya breaks down the Eagles' victory in the state Division III championship game.

Sitting courtside at the Arco Arena in Sacramento on Saturday ... 

GAME RECAP: Santa Margarita guard Klay Thompson vs. Sacramento guard Chase Tapley was close. Santa Margarita vs. Sacramento High was not.

Thompson made a state title record seven 3-pointers and scored a Division III state title record-tying 37 points in the Eagles’ 72-55 victory against the Dragons at Arco Arena in Sacramento on Saturday.

He made 14 of 22 field goals and seven of 11 3-point attempts. Guard Zack Zaragoza had 13 points, five rebounds and two steals, Jaime Serna had eight points and seven rebounds and forward Trayce Thompson had eight points and five rebounds for the Eagles. Santa Margarita shot 45.8% from the field.

Tapley shot 14 of 30 to finish with 35 points. He also had nine rebounds and four steals, but scored just three points in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles led, 40-29, at halftime. They jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and led the entire game. Thompson had 21 points at the break on 8 of 11 shooting. Tapley made 10 of 18 attempts from the floor for 23 points.

Play of the game
It was hard to pick one between everything Santa Margarita’s Klay Thompson and Sacramento High’s Chase Tapley did. So here are a few: 
• On four consecutive possessions in the third quarter, the two traded layups and then 3-pointers. 
• Over a similar amount of time in the second quarter, Tapley banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Thompson came back with a tip-in off a missed layup. Thompson then blocked a shot off the face of a Sacramento player, only for Tapley to recover the ball and make a jumper.

Key stretch
Santa Margarita center Jaime Serna fouled out in the first minute of the fourth quarter. On consecutive trips down the floor, Thompson grabbed an offensive rebound and had an assist to Zack Zaragoza, made a 3-pointer from NBA range, then a layup in transition that gave Santa Margarita a 17-point lead, its largest.

Player of the game: Klay Thompson 
“The Quiet Assassin” had maybe his best game of the season. He made 14 of 22 field goals and seven of 11 3-pointers for 37 points. The seven 3s were a record for a state title game and the 37 points tied a Division III record. Thompson also had four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.

Sacramento’s Tapley gets an honorable mention here, as he went shot-for-shot with Thompson for most the game. He scored 35 points on 14 of 30 from the field. He also had nine rebounds (six offensive) and four steals.

Inside the numbers 
• Tapley was the only player to score in double figures for Sacramento.
• Santa Margarita made 10 of 24 3-pointers and shot 45.8 percent from the field.
• Sacramento made three of 12 3-point attempts and shot 39.3 percent from the field.
• Forward Jessee Hazely came off the bench for Santa Margarita and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Say what?
Klay Thompson’s first named was printed “Kiny” in the CIF program.

Contact the writer: amaya@ocregister.com


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