touch -- that produced a 34-25 lead at halftime.
"They extended their defense in the half court and made us speed
up play," said Sea King Coach Ryan Curry. "We don't play well at a
faster speed and couldn't stay with them."
The Sea Kings were successful in the first half running the
half-court offense. Players cut toward the basket on back screens and
teammates found them for layups. Those types of plays didn't occur as
frequently in the second half.
"We got good looks but missed some layups and before we knew it
they got rolling," Curry said.
Corona vaulted to a nine-point halftime lead after leading, 13-11,
at the end of one quarter.
Senior Kevin Mancillas and junior Pancho Seaborn hit two layups to
start the third quarter as CdM built its biggest lead, 37-25, with
7:18 left in the period. The Sea Kings didn't hit a field goal the
rest of the quarter, getting three free throws from Bart Welch and
one from Jay Northridge, who finished with 10 points, nine coming in
the first half.
The Friars shot 50% (5 of 10) from behind the arc in the second
half, getting three treys from Brian Traska, who finished with 15
points. Traska hit on 5 of 14 three-point attempts, the only shots he
tried for the game.
Servite received productive bench play from senior guard Brian
Yujuico, who shot 6 for 7 from the field for 19 points, along with
6-foot-6 freshman Blake Wallace's 17 points on a 6-for-10 shooting
"We didn't defend well on the perimeter and they got easy looks
inside," Curry said.
Wallace came alive in the fourth quarter, posting up Sea King
defenders and hitting three consecutive layups to increase the
Servite lead to 54-48 with just under three minutes to go.
Corona didn't die. Mancillas hit his third three-pointer in four
tries with senior Brett Matsen and Seaborn both hitting turnaround
jumpers off the glass to keep the Sea Kings within five with 4:07 to
go in the fourth. Those were the last points the Sea Kings would
score as the Friars went on a 15-0 run to close out the game.
Mancillas led the Sea Kings with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting as
Corona finished 18 of 53 from the field compared to Servite's
23-for-66 effort. Northridge and Welch, both listed at six feet, led
the Sea Kings with five rebounds apiece and Matsen grabbed four
rebounds along with scoring 10 points.
Yujuico hit 5-of-5 free throw attempts, including four in the
Friars' late run that saw them hit on 8-of-8 attempts in the fourth.