COSTA MESA — Thanks to eight three-pointers, including three in a critical 17-0 third-quarter run, the Laguna Beach High boys' basketball team defeated Costa Mesa, 60-41, in a key Orange Coast League showdown Friday night.
Laguna Beach (14-10, 7-1 in league) prevented the Mustangs from tying them for first place, with Mesa (16-8) dropping to 5-3 in league on Senior Night.
In an impressive sidenote, the Breakers beat the Mustangs for the 15th time in a row, dating back to Jan. 12, 2007.
"We shot them out of their zone defense," said Laguna Beach Coach Bret Fleming. "Once they went man-to-man, we felt it was pretty much over. We lost Wednesday to Estancia (41-40), so we were a little (ticked) at that."
The carnage began with a little less than two minutes left in the first half. With Costa Mesa holding what would be its final lead at 25-23, Laguna Beach senior forward Derek Reigel muscled inside for a tough basket, then junior guard Jake Dalke followed with a big three-pointer with two seconds left in the half for a 29-26 Breakers lead.