May 27, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

University and Woodbridge boys basketball teams finish 2-2 at Tustin Classic

Brandon Liu of University drives to the basket in Friday’s game vs. Los Osos.

University and Woodbridge boys basketball teams wrapped up play Saturday in the Tustin Classic.

University fell to San Clemente 64-61 in the third place game while Woodbridge wrapped up tournament action with a 50-38 victory over Tustin in a consolation round game.

University moved out to a 15-10 lead after one quarter but struggled in the second half. San Clemente took advantage, jumping to a 28-23 halftime lead.

In the second half, Andrew Herbert made some big plays for San Clemente to secure the victory.

“It was a hard fought game between two pretty even teams,” said University Coach Mike Dinneen. “We shot poorly from two-point range (14-of-43). Their size altered many of our shots around the basket.”

Sam Aryan scored 15 points and had 16 rebounds to lead the Trojans (11-8) and was named to the all-tournament team.

Kody Uyesugi shook off the effects of the stomach flu which caused him to miss the last 12 minutes of the game against Los Osos to score 13 points and notch four assists, Dinneen said.

Andrea Roy had 10 points and Will Stenta nine points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Brandon Liu had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Woodbridge also wrapped up the tournament with a 2-2 record.

Jackson Rain led the Warriors (5-13 overall) in the win over Tustin with 11 points.

Chris Cooper scored nine points and Logan Batson had eight points.

“We opened up a 32-15 lead at halftime with a very focused defensive effort as Tustin is a very disciplined offensive team that makes you defeat multiple screening actions,” said Woodbridge Coach John Halagan.

“Tustin cut the lead to six late in the third quarter but we executed well down the stretch and eventually pulled away late to secure the win. It was a great experience for our guys to beat a quality opponent in their gym with tough league games coming up in January.

“I was also pleased that we played four quality teams in the tournament even though we lost tough games to Los Osos and Long Beach Millikan.”