LAKE FOREST — Corona del Mar High boys' basketball coach Ryan Schachter says he's not sure what to think about how his team will fare in an upcoming elite tournament.
Schachter was unsure after he watched his Sea Kings fall behind in the fourth quarter against Tesoro in the North-South Challenge at El Toro High Wednesday.
While the Sea Kings struggled with execution in the final quarter, the Titans took advantage to score a 57-54 nonleague victory.
CdM (6-3) led, 40-34, after three quarters. But Tesoro (9-2) outscored the Sea Kings, 23-14, in the final period. CdM trailed, 55-54, with five seconds left, Schachter said, but the Sea Kings missed a point-blank shot that hit the back of the rim.
After the Titans went up, 57-54, the Sea Kings had a last-second, 25-foot shot miss.
"We didn't execute on offense and we didn't play as a team in the fourth quarter," Schachter said. "We were playing as individuals rather than trusting in the offense and trusting in teammates. It was very frustrating. Tesoro hit some big baskets and we didn't respond to the pressure."