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Mejia’s full of mojo

Junior makes six of eight threes in fourth quarter to lift CdM past San Marcos in Division III-A second round.

February 19, 2010|By David Carrillo Peñaloza

CORONA DEL MAR — Ramon Mejia goes by “Mojo Jojo” on the Corona del Mar High boys’ basketball team. The junior actually likes the nickname, which comes from a character from the Powerpuff Girls cartoon.

Mejia definitely had the “Mojo” part working for him Friday night.

The guard started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer and closed it out with a flurry of threes. Someone had better guard Mejia the next time he steps on the court during the CIF Southern Section Division III-A playoffs.

Mejia swished six of his eight three-pointers in the fourth and finished with 28 points, as the fifth-seeded Sea Kings routed San Marcos of Santa Barbara, 67-48, in the second round at home. The crowd rushed the floor nine seconds after Mejia nailed his last three.

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A throng of fans went after Mejia and he raised his arms in triumph. The Sea Kings (24-3) continue to win, make it 18 in a row, and their date in the quarterfinals is set for Tuesday at home against fourth-seeded Gahr of Cerritos.

Coach Ryan Schachter is expecting a larger home crowd. He joked the Sea Kings’ fans were in Mammoth or Big Bear during ski week. Too bad because they missed a memorable shooting night turned in by Mejia.

The Royals’ faithful came in two charter buses, showing a strong presence. One fan for San Marcos (20-5) left bitter and tried to ruin Mejia’s night, saying he had no class.

It wasn’t Mejia’s fault he reached a career-high for threes in a game.

“I’m sorry,” said Mejia, who was six for seven from the three-point line in the final eight minutes.

“Man, my coach told me to shoot, so I had to shoot.”

Schachter has witnessed Mejia’s hot hand many times, mostly in practice. Danny Cheek said the Sea Kings close out each workout with 75 threes.

Schachter will gladly take 13 of 24 three-pointers in a postseason game. The deadly outside shot helped Schachter lead the Sea Kings to the quarterfinals for the third time in his four seasons in charge.

Cheek was the one that started nailing threes for the Sea Kings in the opening 2 1/2 minutes. The junior made back-to-back threes, and added a third in the second quarter.

Cheek finished with four threes and 15 points. He’s also responsible for naming Mejia after he transferred to CdM from Durfee High in Fall River, Mass.

“We play around like that,” Cheek said.

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