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LCC ignites in third quarter

03/06/2013, 10:53pm PST
By John Maffei

Mavericks begin defense of their Southern Cal Regional championship.

La Costa Canyon's Kyle Sachrison (right) battles for a rebound against Kennedy's Rickey Ledesma.

led to a huge third quarter Wednesday as La Costa Canyon High beat Granada Hills Kennedy 57-42 in a Southern California Regional Division II first-round boys basketball game.

LCC (28-5), the defending SoCal champion, advances and will play a quarterfinal game Saturday night at Westlake, a winner Wednesday over Arroyo Grande.

Kennedy, the L.A. City Section Division II runner-up, sees its season end at 27-8.

Leading by nine at the half, LCC went on a 16-1 run to start the third quarter, paced by Van Dyke and McCarthy.

“I felt we were a little choppy in the first half,” said LCC coach Dave Cassaw. “I wanted to get a better flow in the second half. Hey, 16-1 is a pretty good start.”

The Mavericks led 47-23 after three quarters and pushed the lead to 27 when Brandon Twombley hit a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter.

Kennedy, led by Dominique Vargas and Josias Parker had the deficit down to 11 at 53-42 with 1:53 to play before Cassaw was forced to rush his starters back in the game.

Kyle Sachrison and Fritz Eibel quickly scored for the Mavericks to put the game out of reach.

Sachrison, a 6-foot-6 senior who is headed to New Mexico State to play baseball, was a monster on the boards, finishing with 12 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high eight blocked shots.

“We knew Kennedy liked to attack the basket,” Sachrison said. “So I was ready. I managed to get some shots at the top of their jump.”

Van Dyke, who had three of LCC’s nine 3-pointers, credited the team’s inside game for getting him and McCarthy open 3-point looks.

“The big guys did a great job kicking the ball out and getting us the ball in great spots,” said Van Dyke, who scored 14 points on his birthday and in his last home game. “We got some great passes.”

Asked about Sachrison’s performance, Van Dyke said “Nothing he does surprises me. I love playing with the guy.

“This was a big win.

“We’re the defending Southern Cal champs, but more importantly, the seniors wanted to win the last home game.

“And we wanted to win big to get the seniors.”

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