COSTA MESA — One of Estancia High's top scorers sat for the first 12 minutes of a nonleague boys' basketball game Tuesday night. Davon Joyner violated a team rule the day before the Eagles hosted San Clemente.
"If you don't practice, you don't [start]," Coach Agustin Heredia said. "[Joyner] showed up [to practice]. He just didn't practice. He said he was hurt."
Joyner's absence from the starting lineup hurt the Eagles right away. They trailed, 12-0, in the first three and a half minutes, missing five shots and turning the ball over four times during the stretch.
Joyner, wearing his warm-ups, looked on from the middle of the bench. When he got his first chance to enter the game, the contest appeared over with the Tritons going up by as many as 20 points.
Estancia made a run in the second half, cutting the deficit to five points with 5:27 left to play. The comeback ended after the Eagles reverted to their sloppy play in the first half, allowing San Clemente to win, 61-45.