June 15, 2024

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Pacific Coast boys and girls basketball highlights and scores for Monday, Jan. 8

Boys basketball

Beckman 74, Portola 51: Beckman (10-9, 1-0) was led by Caydon Do, who had 22 points in the Pacific Coast League opener at Portola. Tai Nguyen added 15 points, Moe Hernandez 12 points and Adrian Ibarra nine points and seven assists for the Patriots.

“We had another slow start tonight going down 12-3 after the first eight minutes,” said Beckman Coach Lucas Armstrong. “You have to give Coach (Brian) Smith’s team credit as they were gritty from the start and forced us into bad shots. We were able to settle in the next eight minutes and battle back cutting their lead to four points at the half.

“I was extremely proud of our guys as they were very resilient in the second half. We used several big runs to outscore Portola 52-25 in the final 16 minutes. Feels good to secure a road victory in league play but now we have to have short memories and turn our focus to Laguna Hills Wednesday night.”

Emmett Lo led Portola (4-15, 0-1).

Northwood 113, University 77: Northwood broke open a tight game in the second quarter at home to win the league opener. Northwood (14-5, 1-0) was led by Zaid Yunis who had 29 points and seven 3-pointers. Justin Liu had 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, TJ Navarro 15 points and five 3-pointers, Sidd Raji 14 points and four 3-pointers. and Ryan Abaye 12 points and 10 assists.

University (6-12, 0-1) was led by Andrew Bogard, who had 19 points. Isaac Evans had 17 points and five 3-pointers, Savion Ruth 13 points and Shervin Moarrefian 11 points for the Trojans.

Woodbridge 78, Laguna Hills 30: Sophomore Jaiden Sabino had 30 points to lead Woodbridge (12-6, 1-0). Jason Briggs and JC Schindler had 14 points each and Stephen Lamp 12 points.

Sage Hill 50, Irvine 44: Sage Hill (8-11, 1-0) captured the home win Monday night in the league opener. Irvine (9-10, 0-1) was led by Cooper Stearns, who had 30 points, 14 rebounds and two steals. Finn Hoffman scored eight points and had seven rebounds and Taewon Kim scored six points for the Vaqueros.

Girls basketball

Portola 49, Beckman 38: Portola (15-3) was led by Nina Saiki, who scored 19 points and Kira Watanabe who had 11 points. Taylor Tam scored nine points to lead Beckman (11-6).

Northwood 69, University 28: Northwood (5-8) won at home against University. Northwood was led by Rose Isabella who had 18 points. Mya Glezman had 15 points and three 3-pointers and Cassidy Pak scored 11 points. Ai Miyano led University with 10 points and two 3-pointers.

Note: Girls teams in the Pacific Coast Conference are divided into two four-team leagues so Monday’s games were cross-conference games. Sage Hill, Portola, Woodbridge and Northwood are in one league and Beckman, Irvine, University and Laguna Hills in the other.

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