Woodbridge's Jason Gregson, right, goes to the basket in front of University's Arya Anvar during a basketball game at University High on Friday.
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Woodbridge victory appears to be inside job


IRVINE – Woodbridge junior Jason Gregson took his coach's advice to heart and it paid off Friday night.

Gregson scored 18 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and had three blocked shots, leading the Warriors to a 76-58 Pacific Coast League victory over host University.

Woodbridge coach John Halagan was looking for Gregson to step up his play after returning to the lineup in Tuesday's 54-34 league loss to Northwood. It marked the first game in several weeks for Gregson, who had been out because of a sprained ankle.

"He was a guy who was just too amped up in the last game," Halagan said. "He totally got out of his game, and part of that was Northwood playing well. We had to re-visit the way we want him to play. We wanted him to concentrate on the things he's always done well, and that's defend and rebound.

"Should I say we vigorously reminded him how we would like to see him to play. To his credit, he did a nice job."

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The 6-foot-4 junior got the message, dominating the boards and creating a defensive presence in the middle to help Woodbridge (1-1, 7-12) seize to a 33-23 halftime lead.

"We needed it, hopefully it carries us through league," Gregson said. "Against Northwood, we came out cocky and it didn't serve us well, but in this game, we knew it was going to be a packed gym and we had to give it our all."

Woodbridge also benefited from a solid performance by Michael Scarlett (17 points).

"Michael Scarlett did a nice job managing the game for us," Halagan said.

The Warriors broke open the game by outscoring University, 20-8, in the third quarter to take a 53-31 lead into the fourth quarter.

Chris DaSilva led University (6-12, 1-1) with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

The Trojans outscored Woodbridge, 27-23, in the fourth quarter. Woodbridge took its starters out with about three minutes left.

"It was a big stage and a big crowd; we just didn't perform well," University Coach Mike Dinneen said.

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