CdM steams past Calvary Chapel

February 15, 2003

Barry Faulkner

Having played on the precipice of postseason qualification for nine

days, the Corona del Mar High boys basketball team can enjoy an

anxiety-free weekend.

The Sea Kings ensured they won't have to sweat out having to earn

a CIF Southern Section Division III-A at-large berth by beating

Calvary Chapel, 56-49, in a Pacific Coast League third-place playoff


Friday at University High.

The loss ended the season for the Eagles (10-17, 4-7 in league),

who knocked off CdM (Tuesday in overtime) and Tesoro (Thursday) to

force the playoff showdown. Including a December tournament clash, it

was the fourth meeting between the two teams. CdM won three.

"We've played the last four games needing one win to be in (the

playoffs)," CdM Coach Ryan Curry said. "It took us until the fourth

game, but we got that win and it's awesome. I'm really proud of us."

The victory, led by junior guard Jay Northridge's career-high 23

points, ended a three-game losing steak for CdM (12-15, 5-6). It also

enhanced the Sea Kings' playoff plight, having secured a guaranteed

berth, instead of the at-large bid, for which all teams with at least

11 wins are considered.

"The at-large bid was never a guarantee," Curry said. "We've been

controlling our on destiny for four games. Now, we don't have to


The Sea Kings, who missed the playoffs last year, will learn of

their first-round fate when pairings are released Sunday.

Friday's win was not without some worry, though Calvary Chapel's

only lead was 2-0.

CdM, the designated home team on the neutral court, where it had

not won since 2001, rallied for an 11-4 advantage and was up, 16-9,

at the end of the first quarter.

CdM held its lead in the second quarter, despite going the final

7:08 of the half without a field goal.

Calvary Chapel closed to within 22-20 at halftime and was within

24-23 after two Brenen Beeler free throws with 2:04 elapsed in the

third quarter.

But Northridge, limited to eight points in Tuesday's 68-60

overtime loss against the visiting Eagles and six points in

Thursday's loss to league champion Northwood, connected on

back-to-back three-pointers, both from the left corner, to

reestablish control.

Northridge, who drilled a career-high five three-pointers,

converted from beyond the arc with 1:02 left in the quarter to give

the Sea Kings a 37-30 edge, heading into the final eight minutes.

Northridge scored five points and assisted on a Brett Matsen layin

to help the Sea Kings maintain a 46-41 lead, midway through the final

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