By Christopher Adbelmalek
After a week’s layoff, the CIF-SS Division 4-AA boys’ basketball first round playoff game between the visiting St. Margaret’s team and host Garden Grove High started off in low gear.
“Early on we were sluggish, but there is a nervousness I think at the beginning of a CIF game,” said Coach Ken Frank of Garden Grove.
“We have a group that has CIF experience. But that first four minutes we just wanted to get back to what we do, which is playing hard-nose defense and running the court,” said Frank. The team did indeed break through after the slow start and the Argonauts defeated the Tartans 68-58.
St. Margaret as a whole played really well against Grove. Charlie Wohlgemuth lead the way with 16 points and younger brother Jack Wohlgemuth chipped in with nine points of his own. Kyle Lynds and Will Kenner each had seven points. They had a balanced offense getting scoring from every player that touched the court. The Tartans defense was aggressive all night long too.
“We spent all week preparing for it,” Coach Frank spoke about the full court pressure from the Tartans. “They do a nice job with it, they are really disciplined in their press.” While disciplined they might be, the refs saw it as aggressive and whistled the Tartans for 24 fouls. However, they did put the Argonauts in difficult spots at times.
“We just didn’t want to turn the ball over, [but] quite frankly the turnovers we did have were on us,” said Frank.
Some sloppy passes aside, the boys in red and white played well, led by their big three. Sebastian Castro put in a game-high 27 points while going nearly perfectly from the line only missing one out of his eight shots. The remaining two – Andres Ortega (14 points) and Jerry Martinez, (nine points) played tough, gritty defense all night.
But the big news from the game was Kyler Torres. Averaging under five points a game for the season, Torres put in 10 including a huge three-pointer in the fourth quarter to extend the Argos’ lead to 15 points and put the game out of reach of the Tartans.
Castro was stellar but did suffer an ankle injury with two minutes left in the game. Frank said, “He is a tough kid. He makes everything go for us. We will get him treatment and see what happens Tuesday.”
The Argos (24-4) will face Wilson High School (22-7) of Hacienda Heights on Tuesday. The Wildcats defeated San Marino 73-56 in their playoff opener.
Here are the results of CIF-SS boy’s basketball first round games played on Friday. Winners will advance to the second round on Tuesday.
- Santa Margarita 57, Edison 44
- Palos Verde 71, Westminster 43
- Pacifica 61, El Dorado 52
- Ocean View 44, Murrieta Valley 53
- St. Francis 66, Marina 62
- Loara 64, Nogales 54
- La Quinta 63, Valley Torah 58
- Portola 55, Santiago 54
- Garden Grove 68, St. Margaret’s 58.
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