COSTA MESA — Someone from the stands must have tossed a penny on to the basketball court at Estancia High. Players do not carry change during games.
Coach Agustin Heredia picked up the penny, and was about to keep it, possibly for good luck. He tossed the penny behind the bench.
Heredia did not need any luck. His boys' basketball team was 99 seconds away from knocking off rival Costa Mesa Wednesday.
The Eagles took care of business in the first Battle for the Bell game, picking up a 50-38 victory to help them move into a first-place tie in the Orange Coast League. Estancia is sharing the top spot with Laguna Beach after the Breakers suffered a setback to Saddleback, their first in league.
The Eagles (13-9, 4-1 in league) are the hottest team in league. They closed out the first half of league play with four straight wins.