Puente scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the first half to go with 15 rebounds, seven assists, six steals and one block as Costa Mesa is now in a three-way tie with Laguna Beach and Calvary Chapel for first place in league with three league games remaining.
"This is like our third year in a row, [so it feels] pretty good to keep [the trophy] here," said Puente, who made 12 of 18 field goals. "If we win our next two [league] games, we'll be league champs for sure."
The way Puente's performing, the Mustangs (15-8, 4-2 in league) are on pace to win their second straight league crown.
Last year, they won the school its second league title in 46 years. That was under Ryan Schachter, who's now coaching at Corona del Mar. Under their new man, Jeff McDaniel, the Mustangs are turning it up at the right time.
Leading the way is the 6-foot-4 Puente, who delivered a show unseen before by the first-year coach.
"Larry was awesome," McDaniel said. "That was probably the best performance I've seen by [a high school] player as far as just making plays and scoring the ball."
At will Puente abused Estancia (2-21, 0-6), scoring 16 points in the opening quarter. He glided past defenders before spinning away in the lane from help for a layup.
Then when the Eagles' appeared to figure out Puente, he faded away. He penetrated to the left, and while the defender scooted toward the basket, Puente pulled up for a baseline jumper.
Just like that and Costa Mesa led 24-14, pushing Estancia to switch its defense.
The approach changed. Defenders mobbed him in the third. Even when they knocked him down, Puente flipped it to someone else to hurt Estancia.
Hao Nguyen was that person. He drained four three-pointers to finish with 15 points and end any hope of Estancia making a comeback.
"We played hard on [Puente] so he couldn't get anything easy like he did in the first half," said Estancia guard Ian Castellanos, who, along with Blake Pinto, finished with 17 points. "It's really disappointing."
Orange Coast League
Costa Mesa 69, Estancia 57
Estancia -- Castellanos 17, Pinto 17, McDonald 8, Tro. McClanahan 6, Ta. McClanahan 5, McKendry 4.
3-pt. goals -- Pinto 2, Tro. McClanahan 2, Castellanos 1, Ta. McClanahan 1.
Costa Mesa -- Puente 26, Nguyen 15, Titus 10, Molina 8, Millian 4, Waldron 4, Duong 2.
3-pt. goals -- Nguyen 4, Puente 1, Molina 1, Titus 1.