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Redondo Union depth too much for LCC

03/14/2014, 11:10pm PDT
By Steve Brand, Special to the U-T

Mavericks' cold shooting leads to early exit in SoCal Regional playoffs

La Costa Canyon's Brady Twombly (shown in a game earlier this season) led the Mavericks with 18 points Friday night against Redondo Union.

— La Costa Canyon held Leland Green to six points below his average. Terrell Carter, all 6-feet-8 of him, only had 10 points and nine rebounds — five in the last quarter.

But Redondo Union is no one- or two-man basketball team.

Ian Fox stepped up with 25 points — 12 above his average — and two Sea Hawks reserves scored in double figures Friday as third-seeded Redondo Union pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 71-51 victory over the Mavericks in the Southern California Regional Open Division quarterfinals.

The San Diego Section champions stayed with the Sea Hawks (25-5), trailing just 54-46 with six minutes to play. Three minutes later it was 68-48 on a 14-2 run that ended the season for the Mavericks (27-6).

“We never got over the hump,” said LCC coach Dave Cassaw. “Every time we’d get within four or six points, we’d make a mistake and they — especially Fox — seemed to take advantage.”

La Costa Canyon closed to 46-42 with 1:35 to play in the third quarter, only for Redondo, which is ranked fifth in the state by CalHi Sports, to score four straight points on LCC turnovers.

“I thought we played poorly,” said Cassaw. “This might have been our worst three-point shooting night of the year and we were hit and miss all night. We had problems like that early in the year, but in the last month I thought we’d gotten over that. We just were hit and miss.”

More miss than hit, especially from beyond the 3-point arc, where LCC drained 4 of 22.

Brady Twombly scored 18 points, Tommy McCarthy 11 and Patrick Fisher 10, but the Mavericks never had a run of more than six points.

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