Joyner keys Eagles' win

Senior scores 26 and Estancia makes free throws down stretch to post nonleague victory.

January 03, 2011|By Matt Szabo,
  • Estancia High's Ray Holmes (10) and Chad Fackler (15) celebrate a 49-46 nonleague win over Newport Harbor Monday
Estancia High's Ray Holmes (10) and Chad Fackler… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

NEWPORT BEACH — Estancia High boys' basketball Coach Agustin Heredia has talked about needing a third scoring option.

On Monday night at Newport Harbor, the Eagles really didn't even have a second scoring option.

Senior guard Ray Holmes, the team's second-leading scorer, is still recovering from the flu. He played limited minutes Monday, leaving Estancia at decidedly less-than full strength for the nonleague tilt against the Sailors.

The Eagles proved resourceful, using a game-high 26 points from senior Davon Joyner and also getting sizable contributions from junior center Rashad Davis and sophomore guard Chad Fackler to hang on for a 49-46 victory.

Heredia said he was just glad to leave the Sailors' gym with an even record again, with the Eagles at 8-8. He was also glad that Fackler (eight points and eight rebounds) and Davis (seven points, 12 rebounds and two blocks) came to play.

"We had to get some guys to step up, and Rashad [did] definitely and Chad Fackler," Heredia said. "Chad had some big rebounds down the stretch. Rashad is slowly developing. The last three games, he has played well for us."


So has Joyner in the Eagles' three-game winning streak that started in their final two games at the Coast Classic. Joyner, averaging 16.9 points per game for the season, has bumped that average to 24.7 over the last three games.

Estancia needed every point to snap Newport Harbor's four-game winning streak. The Eagles led by as many as nine in the fourth quarter but the Sailors (6-7) and senior guard Carter Fortier slowly whittled at the lead.

Fortier all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter. The outburst was useful to Harbor after senior center Cody Caldwell provided nearly all the offense in the first three quarters, scoring 20 of his team's 25 points. Caldwell finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds.

"When we had our four-game winning streak, that was basically the recipe every game," Sailors Coach Larry Hirst said. "We'd stay close to teams and bring Carter in, and he was kind of like our instant offense."

Fortier provided five quick points with under two minutes left. His three-pointer, steal at midcourt and layup brought the Tars within 41-38. Davis' put-back made the Eagles' lead five again, but Sailors' senior guard Craig McKennon made a three-pointer with 55 seconds left to pull Harbor within 43-41.

The Sailors were five of 15 from beyond the arc.

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