Curry's Sea Kings in a consolation semifinal in the George Yardley
Summer Cage Classic at Fountain Valley High.
They could have played at any park or court in Newport Beach --
indoors or outdoors -- and enjoyed it just as much. And whether it
was summer or winter, the intensity and level of action was beyond
anything within the basic concept of high school competition.
Consider: Newport Harbor drives its way to a 17-point lead in the
second quarter, but the Sea Kings rally in the second half, pull
within two in the fourth quarter, before the Sailors won a 55-52
"We rallied," Curry said, "but what we talked about with our kids
is that you have to be where you're competitive at the beginning of
games. We've been getting blown out early in games, so we told them,
'Let's make it interesting.' We were down, 20-4, against El Toro (in
the first round Thursday) and we got beat by 20 points against
For their reward, the Sailors get to host Mater Dei at 9 a.m.
today for 13th place.
"The good thing about summer is that you don't look at the
scoreboard very often," said Hirst, whose squad mounted a 32-15
advantage after two free throws by Jordan Schunk with 1:10 left on
the second-quarter clock.
Newport Harbor point guard Tony Yaghjian, who scored a team-high
22 points, helped bring the Sailors back in the fourth quarter, after
the Sea Kings outscored Newport in the third quarter, 17-13, and
opened the fourth with an 11-4 run to strike within 50-48 with 3:52
to play. Corona del Mar's 6-foot-7 center, Stefan Kaluz, scored up
close after a pass from Chase Pinesett and was fouled on the play,
sinking the ensuing free throw as the Sea Kings made it a two-point
game for the first time since the game's opening bucket.
Yaghjian, however, nailed a short jumper the next time down for
the Sailors, then after a stop, Dennis Heenan (17 points) netted a
three-pointer with 3:06 on the clock to stretch Newport Harbor's lead
Under a minute remaining, Kaluz, who finished with game highs in
points (29), rebounds (15) and blocked shots (five), scored on a
putback, then blocked a shot on the other end, triggering a Corona
del Mar fastbreak and layup by Pinesett with 0:20 left to pull the
Sea Kings within three and the game's margin of victory.
Robert Koon added eight rebounds and four points for Newport