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December 25, 2013

Malibu takes 3rd; Santa Ynez, Lompoc also win

Clash On The Coast 3rd Place Game:
Malibu Sharks 54, Santa Clara Saints 47

By Dave Keefer

Malibu broke a halftime tie, then led the rest of the game to take third place over Santa Clara, 54-47, in the 11th Annual Clash On The Coast. Santa Clara's top scorer in the game, Isaiah Nichols, was ejected on a flagrant foul just before the 3rd quarter buzzer and the Saints never threatened after that.

It was a tight game throughout the first half, with several lead changes. Santa Paula's last lead was at 21-19 late in the second quarter. Justin Holmes put Malibu ahead with a three-point play at the 1:09 mark, 22-21. Jonathan Baldwin drove in for a score to add to the lead, 24-21, and a little later Malibu had possession under the Santa Clara basket with just a few seconds left.

After a timeout to draw up a play, Malibu heaved the inbounds pass upcourt that was intercepted by Nathan Belanger. He had just enough time to cross halfcourt a few steps and loft a shot that just beat the buzzer as it came down through the net from 25-30 feet out. That tied the game at 24-24.

The buzzer-beater gave a big lift to Santa Paula and stunned Malibu, but momentum was with Malibu when the 3rd quarter got underway. The Sharks scored first to grab the lead for good, 26-24. Holmes had 14 points in the first half and kept it going in the 3rd quarter. His putback made it 29-26 and he muscled in two more buckets later that gave his team 7-point leads at 35-28 and 37-30.

Dane Marshall's putback gave Malibu its largest lead to that point, 39-30, but Belanger responded with a three-point play with 15 seconds left to make it 39-33. Malibu went for the last shot of the quarter but missed and Nichols grabbed the rebound. But he swung his elbow and caught Holmes for an offensive foul just before the buzzer went off.

The refs ruled it a flagrant foul and ejected Nichols. Holmes sank two free throws to make it 41-33 as the quarter ended.

Malibu led by double digits most of the final quarter, as Santa Clara had trouble running the offense with Nichols out. The lead was 44-33 when Brazil Sullivan found the range from deep to get the deficit back to single digits, 44-36.

But Malibu answered on its next two possessions with three-pointers by Frankie McGovern and Baldwin and the lead was up to 50-38. Baldwin tacked on another scoring drive to give Malibu its largest lead of the game, 52-38, with 4:30 left.

With 2:30 left, Malibu still led comfortably, 52-40, and it wasn't until the closing seconds that the lead got under double digits; that's when Sullivan connected on a three-pointer to make the final score 54-47.

Although Holmes was scoreless in the 4th quarter, he scored all of his game high 22 points when they were needed most. McGovern and Cordell Newton were also both in double figures with 10 points each. For Santa Clara, Nichols had a team high 14 points even though sitting out the entire 4th quarter. Belanger helped out with 13 points and Sullivan had 11.

Score by Quarters:

Malibu----------12-12-17-13 = 54
Santa Clara---11-13-09-14 = 47

Malibu (54):
20-Dane Marshall 2
1-Jonathan Baldwin 5
3-Hunter McMillin 2
5-Marsalis Adraino 3
15-Frankie McGovern 10
25-Cordell Newton 10
32-Justin Holmes 22

Santa Clara (47):
2-Jaime Bucio 5
10-Isaiah Nichols 14
12-Carlos Perez 2
13-Nathan Belanger 13
32-Brazil Sullivan 11
55-Richard Barron 2

5th Place Game:
Santa Ynez 44, Santa Paula 31

Santa Ynez started strong and led after the first quarter, 19-8, and kept Santa Paula at bay the rest of the way in winning the 5th place game, 44-31. Nobody for either team scored in double figures in this low scoring affair.

Dakota Wooden and Derek Smith both had game highs of 9 points for Santa Ynez, while David Barajas with 7 points was the only player who had more than 5 points for Santa Paula.

Score by Quarters:

Santa Ynez----19-07-13-05 = 44
Santa Paula---08-07-08-08 = 31

Santa Ynez (44):
3-Graydon White 3
12-Andreas Rasmussen 3
20-Dakota Wooden 9
23-Christian Vences 6
34-Clinton Anderson 6
35-Derek Smith 9
42-Justin Lopez 8

Santa Paula (31):
4-Corey Peck 4
11-Phillip Arellano 5
12-Jesus nava 4
21-David Barajas 7
23-Carlos Garcia 4
25-Isaac Ramirez 5
35-Alex Rios 2

7th Place Game:
Lompoc 76, North Hollywood 58

Lompoc lost its first two pool games to eventual champion Oxnard and the 3rd place winner Malibu, but finished strong by winning its last two games, including an impressive win for 7th place over North Hollywood, 76-58.

Lompoc had played only one game this season prior to the tournament, but got it going as the tourney progressed. Post man BJ Taylor led the way in this game with a game high 21 points and some tough rebounding in the paint. Darious Dunson and Torrey Sims were also in double figures for Lompoc with 14 and 12 points respectively.

North Hollywood was powered by 16 points each from Chet Edelman and Anthony Bogdan, while Sean Fernandez added 10 points.

Score by Quarters:

North Hollywood---14-18-14-12 = 58
Lompoc--------------15-22-24-15 = 76

North Hollywood (58):
2-Preston Rodriguez 6
4-David Bonilla 5
12-Seiichi Gordon-Watamatsu 2
14-Alex Walker 3
20-Chet Edelman 16
23-Sean Fernandez 10
33-Anthony Bogdan 16

Lompoc (76):
1-Drayten Howell 4
5-Torrey Sims 12
10-Bertrand "BJ" Taylor 21
13-Darious Dunson 14
14-Nate Taylor 2
15-Jerard O'Buyne 9
21-Elijah Bailey 6
22-Derek Portis 6
35- Gabe Simon 2

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