High school sports

Centurions race past the Mariners

ANDREW BROWN (1) scored 19 points on Monday for Pacifica (Tribune photo by Chris Abdelmalek).

By Christopher Abdelmalek

Last year, neighboring rivals Cypress and Pacifica finished one-two in the Empire League boys’ basketball race. After Monday’s 71-49 win by the Centurions (18-2 overall, 2-0 in league) over the Mariners, the M’s (14-6, 0-2) could find themselves in a similar situation: blocked out of title contention by their neighbors.

Anthony Tello scored seven points for Cypress from the start as the home team jumped out to a 10-0 lead. In the second quarter Jared Brown took on the scoring duties for the Centurions, scoring eight of his game-high 20 points.

“They play zone,” said Cypress coach Derek Mitchell said, “So make or miss we wanted to push the ball up the court so they couldn’t set up their zone.” The resulting quick pace gave the Cents the chance to score most of their first half points on fast-break plays. “That’s something we take pride in. We condition very hard so we can play up-tempo,” said Mitchell.

At halftime, CHS lead 39-22 and 60-35 after three quarters.

For Pacifica, Andrew Brown scored 19 points on the night and sparked a Mariner rally in the third quarter with seven of his own.

Next up for Pacifica will be game on Wednesday against Valencia (10-10, 1-1) in Placentia, while Cypress will travel to Tustin (10-9, 1-2) in another Empire clash.


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