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DREW A. KELLEY, FOR THE REGISTER
Woodbridge's Michael Scarlett, right, scores against Savanna during the CIF-SS playoffs Friday night.
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Woodbridge flips switch, tops Savanna

OCVARSITY.COM

ANAHEIM – It's been a challenging season for Woodbridge's boys basketball team, which finished third in the Pacific Coast League after winning the league championship in 2012.

But the Warriors are trying to make the most of their second season.

Friday night, unseeded Woodbridge took a step in the right direction, defeating No. 9 seed Savanna, 54-42, in the opening round of the CIF-SS 2A playoffs at Savanna.

Woodbridge (12-16) moves on to the second round to host Beaumont on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Michael Scarlett (22 points) and Chase Bangs (14 points, four 3-pointers) led Woodbridge. Keith Davis led Savanna (20-6) with 13 points.

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"We came out ready to play and executed what coach told us to do; we held them on defense," Scarlett said. "Our defense came up big this game."

Savanna came in with a 12-game winning streak and an Orange League title to its credit.

But Woodbridge took control, moving out to a 25-15 lead at halftime.

"You don't win a playoff game on the road, especially after taking out a league champion without a lot of guys contributing," Woodbridge coach John Halagan said. "Michael was certainly very good for us tonight, managing our press offense. Chase Bangs hit some big shots for us in the second half to keep that eight- to 10-point cushion."

Savanna kept battling in the second half, cutting the lead to eight points with 4:34 remaining, but the Warriors were able to regain control in the final minutes.

"We were a little too amped up to start the game, so we missed a lot of shots early," Savanna coach Scott Wilbur said. "Defensively, we weren't very good today. I thought they did a very good job of attacking our pressure.

"Things just didn't come together for us today."

Contact the writer: tburt@ocregister.com


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