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Boys' Basketball: Breakers in control against Mustangs

Costa Mesa can't keep up with Laguna Beach in key Orange Coast League game Wednesday.

January 29, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Costa Mesa High's Sean Comer drives to the basket past Laguna Beach's Matt Jones during an Orange Coast League game on Wednesday.
Costa Mesa High's Sean Comer drives to the basket… (Don Leach, Daily…)

LAGUNA BEACH — The last time the Costa Mesa High boys' basketball team beat Laguna Beach, Mike Molina played in the game. Seven seasons later, he is back with the Mustangs and facing the Breakers.

He no longer takes shots for the team. He now calls the shots as Costa Mesa's coach.

As a 23-year-old, Molina has made a lot of strides for a first-year coach. His alma mater just cannot seem to defeat the Breakers, even with him in charge of Costa Mesa.

The Mustangs traveled to Laguna Beach and suffered their worst setback of the season, losing the Orange Coast League game, 81-53, on Wednesday. For the 19th straight time, the Breakers have knocked off Costa Mesa, 16 in league play and three times in tournament action.

You have to go back to the 2006-07 season, Molina's sophomore season, for the only time Costa Mesa has topped Laguna Beach in the Orange Coast League.

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"I remember it pretty clearly," Molina said, before going into what it took for the Mustangs to pull off a 59-58 victory at home against Laguna Beach on Jan. 12, 2007. "We did a great job staying together and guys made big plays. Defensively, we locked down.

"It's going to take an extreme amount of effort and you have to play your biggest game of the year, if you're going to be able to beat [the Breakers], because they're extremely good."

The Breakers took a huge step in moving closer to winning the Orange Coast League for an eighth straight time. They wrapped up the first part of league 5-0, making sure they remained alone in first.

Costa Mesa needed to win at Laguna Beach (16-5 overall) to move into a first-place tie. Now, the Mustangs (15-7, 3-2 in league) will have to win out and have Laguna Beach, ranked No. 9 in the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA, lose twice for a shot to share the league crown.

With the way the Breakers are playing, that scenario is unlikely. They are rolling in league, having reeled off a school-record 18 league wins in a row. Laguna Beach is poised to repeat as the undefeated league champion.

This wasn't the first time Costa Mesa ran into the Breakers this season. They met in the semifinals of the Godinez tournament in December and Laguna Beach prevailed, 67-51.

In the second meeting, the Breakers went to their post players again.

Josh Adams carried the load for Laguna Beach in the first half, producing 15 of his 19 points. With Adams, a 6-foot-4 senior, in foul trouble in the second half, the Breakers went to Noah Blanton.

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