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Torrey Pines senior saves best for last

01/28/2014, 10:34pm PST
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Sam Worman scores 14 points in fourth quarter en route to season-high 27 for Falcons.

Torrey Pines senior Sam Worman looks for a pass in the Falcons' win over Poway.

— Sam Worman entered the fourth quarter Tuesday night with decent statistics.

By the time the final period ended, the 6-foot-5 Torrey Pines High senior had his best scoring game of the basketball season.

Worman’s 14 fourth-quarter points gave him 27 for the game as the No. 5-ranked Falcons escaped Poway with a 65-50 victory to stay in first place in the Palomar League.

Hitting 5 of 6 shots from the field, along with all three free throws, Worman propelled Torrey Pines (18-4, 3-0) to a 21-point fourth quarter.

“Sam has been a force for us all season long,” Falcons coach John Olive said. “We’ve just come to expect that from Sam every night.”

Though Poway (12-9, 2-1) never led in the game and tied the score only twice (the second time at 10-10), the Titans managed to stay in contention until Torrey Pines extended a two-point lead in the third quarter to eight, at 38-30. By the end of the third quarter, the Falcons led 44-35.

Then Worman took over.

A three-point play opened the Worman outburst. That was followed by two more layups and a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 54-35, the largest of the game.

“We tried to get the ball inside all night, but finally managed to do it in the fourth,” Worman said. “We got some rhythm in the fourth, and I got some easy looks.

“I felt we were bigger and could get some shots over them.”

Along with his season-high points total, Worman also grabbed seven rebounds.

Torrey Pines sophomore Brandon Cyrus added 14 points, and junior Connor Milmoe had 11.

Poway’s Dalton Soffer had three 3-pointers among his team-leading 15 points and eight rebounds. Tom Erb and Tyler Green each scored 12 points for the Titans.

“Twenty-seven points is a little more than I thought I had,” Worman said. “We try to get as big a lead as we can as early as we can, but some nights, like this one, you have to grind it out the whole way.”

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