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KEVIN LARA, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Magnolia's Michael Coleman drives past a Buena Park defender to go in for a layup during the second quarter of Tuesday night's game.

Magnolia takes off after making adjustment

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

BUENA PARK – Magnolia used its aggressive offense to overcome an early deficit and defeat Buena Park, 55-50, on Tuesday night in a nonleague game at Buena Park High.

David Rayos had 11 points for the Sentinels, and Franco Zulueta and Malik Edwards each added eight.

The Sentinels (1-1) had difficulty responding to the full-court press of the Coyotes (0-1) in the first quarter, and they faced a 14-8 deficit at the end of the quarter.

Magnolia quickly made an adjustment, exploding for a 21-point outburst in the second quarter. Zulueta sank a 3-pointer to complete the comeback with 2:25 remaining in the half, and the Sentinels took a 29-26 lead into the break.

“You have to attack pressure with pressure,” said Sentinels coach Mike Anderson. “We made an adjustment and took them out of their press after the first quarter.”

Magnolia’s fast-paced offense paid dividends as the Coyotes sent the Sentinels to the free throw line 28 times. Magnolia made just 53 percent of  its free throw, but Anderson was convinced that the frequency of his team’s trips to the line were the difference in the game.

“It wasn’t always artistic, but the kids did a good job,” he said.

Magnolia extended its lead in the third quarter. Matthew Martinez helped the Sentinels’ cause, draining two shots from distance.

Buena Park managed just three field-goals in the period.

C.J. De La Fuente had a game-high 16 points for Buena Park, and his hot shooting almost got the Coyotes back into the game.

De La Fuente scored eight points in the fourth quarter, but the Coyotes’ rally came to a halt after they drew to within four late in the game.


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