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CdM overrun by Ocean View

Boys’ Basketball

Sea Kings hang with Seahawks through three quarters, only to be dropped by double digits.

December 15, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

WESTMINSTER — Out of the four games played at the Charlie Wilkins Memorial Classic, Coach Ryan Schachter said Corona del Mar High played its hardest in the last one.

The effort was only good enough for the Sea Kings to compete with Ocean View for three quarters on Saturday.

In the fourth quarter, Ocean View pulled away and won, 68-57, to claim seventh place in the tournament at Westminster High. A two-point deficit going into the final eight minutes turned into CdM's second double-digit loss during the six-day tournament.

Ocean View was the third boys' basketball team ranked in the top 10 in Orange County that CdM faced in the past nine days. In those matchups, the Sea Kings stayed close with Tustin throughout the game, with Foothill throughout the first half and with Ocean View throughout three quarters.

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Each game ended with CdM losing.

"Hanging with them is good, if that's all you're trying to do. We're trying to win games," said Schachter, before going into the all reasons why his team has fallen short against some of the top teams in the county. "We got to execute and we got to be able to do the little things that it takes to give yourself a chance to win, which is come up with loose balls, [take care of the ball], box out and rebound, and we don't do that.

"If you don't do those things, you're not going to beat average teams, and not that Ocean View is average, but that's just where we're at right now."

Where the Sea Kings stand is at 5-4, losers of three straight. The schedule doesn't get any easier for them, either.

The next two games for CdM, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Division 3-AA poll, are against Sunset League teams, Los Alamitos and Newport Harbor. Los Alamitos is the league's perennial champion, and in recent seasons, Newport Harbor has been one of the league's worst teams.

The Sea Kings go up against the Griffins in the Sunset League-Pacific Coast League Challenge at Huntington Beach High on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Three days later, CdM plays host to the Sailors, ranked No. 11 in Division 2-A, in the Battle of the Bay rivalry game.

Next week's games present problems for a CdM team lacking a superstar and size.

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