Poway's Andrew Shemirani fouls Torrey Pines' Sam Worman, who led the Falcons with 19 points.
POWAY A blowout turned into a nail-biter for the Torrey Pines boys basketball team, but Zack Wagner made sure it didn’t turn into a loss.
Wagner sank four straight free throws in the final 24 seconds, enabling the Falcons to hold on for a 57-51 Palomar League victory over Poway on Friday night.
“To our credit, we made some big plays when we had to,” Torrey Pines coach John Olive said. “Those were some pressure foul shots Zack made to put it away.”
Sam Worman led the Falcons (16-9, 6-2) with 19 points, including 11 in the first quarter as Torrey Pines raced to a 22-7 lead.
The Falcons were still in control midway through the third quarter and equaled their largest lead, 35-20, on a Worman jumper.
The Titans (9-17, 2-6) closed the third quarter on a 14-5 run to pull within six.
Poway continued to rally in the fourth quarter and narrowed the gap to 51-49 with 29.4 seconds left on back-to-back 3-pointers by Tyler Green and Tom Erb.
But Wagner’s steadiness from the foul line ended any comeback hopes for Poway.
The Falcons as a team were 12 of 14 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
“(Poway) hit some threes, and that’s a big game changer,” Olive said. “They defended well in the post.
“We’re a couple of guys down because of injuries, but I liked the way our bench has been filling in. Guys are stepping up.”
Green poured in a game-high 27 points for the Titans while Erb added 14.
“We were just a couple of possessions away,” Poway coach Aaron Little said. “That’s been the story of our season.
“We fell 15 points behind in the first quarter and then essentially won the last three quarters. That just won’t do it.”