IRVINE — Coach Ryan Schachter said he felt a little uneasy going into Monday. It was a feeling he has not had during the Corona del Mar High boys' basketball team's 19-game winning streak in Pacific Coast League play.
Half of his players were sick. Two players did not make the trip to University.
"I had a feeling going in that we were going to lose," Schachter said. "I just felt that the guys kind of had excuses built in. There's never a time for an excuse.
"Whether you're sick or not, you still play hard."
On the night CdM had a chance to clinch the outright league title, it suffered its worst league loss during Schachter's five seasons in charge.
The Trojans' 81-60 upset of CdM will surely hurt the Sea Kings' seeding in the upcoming CIF Southern Section Division III-AA playoffs. The third-ranked team in the division's coaches' poll dropped a game at the wrong time.