Boys' Basketball: CdM opens own Beach Bash with win

Sea Kings beat Long Beach Wilson, 67-59, in opening game of CdM's Beach Bash tournament on Tuesday.

December 04, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar High's Max Stone, right, drives to the basket, as Long Beach Wilson's Francis Luongo (44) defends.
Corona del Mar High's Max Stone, right, drives to… (Don Leach, Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — Technical issues tend to arise in the first home game of any season.

At Corona del Mar High on Tuesday, the school tipped off the Beach Bash, its first annual boys' basketball tournament under Coach Ryan Schachter. During the Sea Kings' game against Long Beach Wilson, the scoreboard operator forgot to start the shot clock and game clock a handful of times.

The same referee kept coming to the scorer's table to remind the operator to adjust the clocks that the ref got a leg cramp.

Schachter told the man running the scoreboard that the problems were fixable in time for CdM's next game in the tournament. Who's not is the point guard who was supposed to run CdM's offense.

Schachter said Jeff Johnston, who earned All-Pacific Coast League second-team honors last season, is done for the season because of an injured back. The Sea Kings played without Johnston for the second game of the year, and they looked like they missed their floor leader during a 67-59 victory.


A 17-point CdM lead with 3:02 left to play seemed safe, until the Sea Kings almost fell apart down the stretch of their first pool-play game. They turned the ball over, missed free throws and received one technical foul for complaining to a ref.

One point is all the Sea Kings scored in the final 3:02. Against a better team, Schachter said CdM loses.

"It got sloppy," Schachter said. "We just got to learn how to close out games."

The Sea Kings (2-0) will have to figure out how to finish games without Johnston, who started last year as a sophomore.

Now that CdM lost a key player, Schachter expects juniors Charlie Coffman and Blake Flamson to direct the offense. Schachter wants his point guards to attack and push the tempo.

The pace began well, with the Sea Kings taking a 15-8 lead midway through the first quarter. They were stuck there for the rest of the quarter and Long Beach Wilson went on a 10-0 run.

The Bruins, one of eight teams in the five-day tournament, are a much-improved team from last season, when they finished 12 games below .500 and in fifth place in the Moore League. They challenged CdM, a CIF Southern Section Division 3-A quarterfinalist last season, for the entire first half, going into the break down, 29-27.

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