CdM in tie for second

Beckman pulls even with Sea Kings in Pacific Coast League with one regular-season game left.

February 06, 2012|By David Carrillo Penaloza

IRVINE — The road has been tough for the Corona del Mar High boys' basketball team this season.

It got harder for the Sea Kings on Monday night. In a must-win situation to keep their Pacific Coast League title hopes alive, their leading scorer forgot his game shorts.

The Sea Kings were caught with their shorts down at Beckman and it cost them any chance at defending their league crown. They tried to pull themselves together late, rallying, only to fall short away from home again.


The Patriots held on for a 56-51 upset win, moving them into a second-place tie with CdM in league.

The league finale is Wednesday and the Sea Kings will travel to Northwood, looking to finish in second place. CdM has only finished second once in Coach Ryan Schachter's five seasons in charge, the other four seasons he led them to the top.

"This season, nothing's come easy," said Schachter, who later learned that Woodbridge improved to 8-1 in league after a win against Irvine, allowing the Warriors to claim the outright league title. "We have to grind everything out of them. This is just another obstacle we faced this year.

"You have to be mentally tough [on the road]."

The Sea Kings (14-10, 6-3 in league), ranked fifth in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A poll, have only one victory away home.

Schachter said if CdM doesn't finish second in league, his team would most likely have to travel next week in the opening round of the playoffs. And in the postseason, gyms get loud.

Beckman (11-14, 6-3) had that type of playoff fervor and it seemed to affect the Sea Kings. They appeared lost at the start, falling behind by as many as 15 points in the first half.

A band played and fans chanted throughout, even the PA announcer's voice boomed. The noise also created problems for Schachter, but he had a good excuse. He said he has an ear infection.

"With my ear infection, [my ear] is ringing," Schachter said.

Schachter's head was boiling as well, when he found out Jake McCloskey forgot his shorts to the crucial game.

Schachter sat his top scorer for the first 10 minutes of the game and it contributed to CdM's slow start. During that stretch, CdM managed just seven points.

Despite the offensive woes, the Sea Kings came back in the fourth quarter and had a shot at winning. They went on a 13-2 run, cutting the deficit to 52-51 with 75 seconds left.

Everyone seemed to contribute during the five-minute run.

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