Boys' Basketball: Sea Kings rally for Battle of the Bay win

Corona del Mar trails by as many as 13 points, but comes back to beat Neport Harbor in Battle of the Bay.

December 21, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Members of the Corona del Mar High boys' basketball team celebrate with fans after the Sea Kings defeated Newport Harbor in the Battle of the Bay on Friday.
Members of the Corona del Mar High boys' basketball… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — Two little girls emerged from the Corona del Mar High crowd with a huge cardboard cutout of Coach Ryan Schachter's head. When they greeted Schachter near the scorer's table before halftime, his facial expression didn't resemble the smile on the cutout.

Schachter wasn't too happy with how his Sea Kings played the first half of the Battle of the Bay against Newport Harbor. They trailed by as many as 13 points, before going into the break down eight.

"We didn't look good," he said of his Sea Kings, who usually do look good under Schachter whenever they play the Sailors.

During his seven seasons in charge of CdM, Schachter has never lost to Newport Harbor in the city championship game. It seemed like this was going to be the season in which the Sailors ended CdM's four-game winning streak in the Back Bay rivalry.

The Sailors avoided the annual game against CdM the past two seasons. There was no dodging the Sea Kings' run to start the second half, helping them rally for a 64-54 win at home on Friday.


At the end, Schachter was all smiles. His Sea Kings (7-4) once again beat the Sailors (7-4).

"It's pretty fun. It's exciting," Schachter said of resuming the rivalry with Newport Harbor. "The kids were really involved, a lot of emotion, a little extracurricular [activity] after the game."

There was some pushing and shoving when the two teams lined up to high-five each other.

The rivalry is that intense. As CdM guard Max Stone put it, many of the players on both sides grew up playing with and against each other since elementary school.

In high school, the Sea Kings own the Back Bay. They took it away from Newport Harbor by opening the third quarter on a 17-2 run.

In the first five minutes, CdM turned an eight-point deficit into a seven-point lead. At no point did Newport Harbor Coach Bob Torribio call a timeout during the Sea Kings' scoring barrage.

"We weren't answering their baskets," said Torribio, who let his team play on, only to see Stone bury his second three-pointer in the third quarter.

Stone hit five threes and finished with a game-high 19 points, five steals and four rebounds. Stone's final three broke a 46-46 tie with 5:28 left to play. The Sea Kings never looked back.

The rest of the Sea Kings got involved during crunch time as three others, Bo St. Geme (14 points), Blake Grable (12) and Ryan Griffin (10), produced double-digit points.

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