Rough tourney opener

Mercer Island's seven first-half three-pointers put Estancia in a hole it can't get out of in first round of Coast Classic.

December 27, 2010|By Barry Faulkner,
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COSTA MESA — A lot is expected of senior Davon Joyner this season for the Estancia High boys' basketball team.

So while not forcing shots, making the extra pass and not obstructing the offense with individual improvisation might all be on most coaches' wish list, Eagles' head man Agustin Heredia may not be as vigilant with such demands when it comes to his decorated scoring leader.

"We need him to score, too," Heredia said after Joyner had just three second-half field-goal attempts in the Eagles' 60-43 loss to Mercer Island of Washington in the first round of the Coast Classic on Monday at Estancia High.

Joyner, an All-Newport-Mesa Dream Team and first-team All-Orange Coast League performer as a junior who came in averaging 16.4 points this season, finished with 11 points. Included among those was a basket and two free throws during an 8-0 Estancia run that trimmed a 21-point deficit to 43-30 with 1:04 left in the third quarter.


But Mercer Island (6-1), countered with an 11-2 spurt of his own and pushed the advantage to 22, before settling in and advancing to tonight's championship quarterfinal against JSerra.

Estancia (5-7) will face San Luis Obispo at 1:30 in a consolation quarterfinal.

Joyner had four steals, three rebounds and two assists. But with senior guard Ray Holmes (14.4 points per game coming in) sidelined due to illness, there was an additional scoring burden placed on the varsity veteran.

"If [scoring] is what we need him to do, he'll do it all," Heredia said of Joyner. "I think he enjoys that role. We want him to do that, but within the team structure, and he's getting good about that."

Senior Charlie Umansky had a team-high 14 points for Estancia, which received a season-high 10 points from 6-6 junior reserve Rashad Davis.

Davis, who had scored 25 points all season coming in, made five of seven field-goal attempts and also had a team-best five rebounds.

"We got [Davis] going a little bit," Heredia said. "I think that was a bright spot."

Davis added a blocked shot and a steal, helping supply production for a roster that had just eight players in uniform.

Heredia said sophomore Myles Williamson was also sick and another bench player was out of town.

Sophomore Ben Beck had eight points, four rebounds and two steals for the Eagles, who surrendered seven first-half three-pointers, including five in the second quarter, to submerge their hopes.

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