for an 11-10 lead 3:27 into the second quarter, but Pasadena, who
improved to 25-2, closed out the half with a 6-2 run for a 16-13
Those were the only two leads of the game for Newport Harbor
"We had pregame jitters," Coach Larry Hirst said. "When we got
down, we started to press. And when an athlete starts to press, he
starts to make mistakes."
The Sailors had turnovers on their first two possessions of the
second half as Pasadena, the No. 3 seed in the division, jumped out
to a 20-13 lead. Another Newport turnover lead to another Bulldog
basket to increase Pasadena's lead to 24-15 three minutes into the
The Sailors got as close as 28-26 with less than 30 seconds left
in the third, but consecutive turnovers led to a 32-26 hole headed
into the fourth.
"We were our own worst enemies," Hirst said. "Pasadena is a good
team, but we certainly didn't do ourselves any favors."
The fourth quarter continued where the third had left off -- with
Newport turnovers leading to Pasadena points.
Steals and errant passes led to layups and free throws for the
Bulldogs, who increased their lead to 40-30 with less than three
minutes left in the game.
"We had a lot of mental mistakes," Hirst said. "After our 0-4
start, we went 17-5. The kids have come a long way. I thought we were
prepared to go further into the playoffs than this."
Senior Taylor Young had a team-high 19 points and nine rebounds
for Newport Harbor, followed by Brett Perrine's 10 points and six
CIF Division II-AA
Newport Harbor 40
Score by Quarters
Pasadena 10 6 16 19 -- 51
Newport 5 8 13 14 -- 40
Pasadena -- Young 4, Harmon 6, Powell 7, Gant 12, Austin 22,
Phillips 0, D. Williams 0, Marshall 0, Dancer 0, Piepoli 0.
3-pt. goals -- None.
Newport -- Nasca 0, Orth 4, Perrine 10, Young 19, Slater 0, Koon
1, Heenan 6, Caldwell 0.
3-pt. goals -- Heenan 2.
Fouled out -- None.
Technicals -- None.