CdM's PCL streak ends

University ambushes Sea Kings to halt 19-game league winning streak. CdM one win from outright title.

February 07, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,
  • Corona del Mar High senior Marcus Bradley drives between Uni's Michael Joens, left, and Christian Directo in game action Monday.
Corona del Mar High senior Marcus Bradley drives between… (DON LEACH, Daily…)

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.


The program that last beat CdM in the 2008-09 season is the one that does it again to the Sea Kings.

The streak is over at 19, and now the Trojans (14-10, 7-2 in league) have an outside shot of sharing the league title with CdM (17-8, 8-1).

The Sea Kings can still claim sole possession of the crown on Wednesday, when they close out the regular season at home against lowly Beckman.

The league title does not mean as much to Schachter as making a run at a section title. That road has gotten a lot harder.

"Whether we win [league] outright, it doesn't matter," said Schachter, who has led CdM to three league championships in the past four seasons. "It's about getting ready for the playoffs and building momentum.

"More than that, I want to get healthy and I want to get right going into the playoffs."

Losing by 20-plus points for only the second time this season might be the way the Sea Kings regroup. They have one more chance to get back on their feet.

University buried CdM by hitting 12 three-pointers, eight coming in the first half.

The Sea Kings used a variety of zone defenses. None seemed to work.

The Trojans kept jacking up threes, and the ones they missed, they usually got second-chance opportunities. The Trojans grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, helping University take a 46-28 lead at halftime.

Marcus Bradley explained why CdM dug itself its largest first-half hole of the season.

"We just came out and didn't play hard at all, and this is the outcome of it," Bradley said. "This is what happens when you come out not ready to play. We get embarrassed.

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