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GREG ANDERSEN, FOR THE REGISTER
Mission Viejo's Chandler Hutchison, center, battles against Aliso Niguel's Ronnie Harris, left, and Jake Smith, right, during Friday's game in Aliso Viejo.
See more photos from this game in the OCVarsity Hot Shots slideshow.

Mission Viejo has too much for Aliso Niguel

OCVARSITY.COM

ALISO VIEJO – After an emotional victory against No. 3 El Toro on Wednesday, some people might have expected the Mission Viejo boys basketball team to take its foot off the gas pedal when it faced Aliso Niguel on Friday.

And those people would have been wrong.

The No. 2 Diablos led wire to wire and dominated the No. 9 Wolverines, 71-40, in a South Coast League game at Aliso Niguel. The performance came after Mission Viejo (22-2, 6-1) needed a fourth-quarter comeback to beat Aliso Niguel (19-7, 4-3) on Jan. 9.

"This is probably as close to a 32-minute game as we've played," Diablos coach Troy Roelen said. "My guys have really stepped it up in practice, and there's been some carryover and obviously some momentum from the El Toro game."

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SLIDESHOW: OCVarsity Hot Shots: Friday's basketball

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Mission Viejo star player Evan Zeller was in the starting lineup after suffering a foot sprain against El Toro, but it was Chandler Hutchison who set the tone for the Diablos.

In the opening seconds, Hutchison stole the ball and finished on the other end with a vicious dunk on a Wolverines defender, accounting for two of his 12 points. Mission Viejo used the momentum and took a 19-7 lead after the first quarter.

"In the last couple of games we've started off slow," Hutchison said. "So I took it on myself to bring the energy because that's what I've been known to do."

Zeller scored eight points and afterward said his foot just felt sore.

The Diablos benefitted from great low-post play from Sage Stone, who scored 13 points, and 3-point shooting from Cordell Anderson, who scored nine points, all coming on 3s.

Despite his team struggling against a tough Mission Viejo defense, Scott Lynds scored 12 points.

Contact the writer: amorales@ocregister.com


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