Alamudun’s clutch play in overtime leads Marina past Tustin – Orange County Register

Jakob Alamudun scored five of Marina’s seven overtime points as the Vikings defeated Tustin 68-64 in a Tustin Classic second-round game Wednesday at Tustin High.

Marina (9-4) will play Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga (13-1) in a championship semifinal Thursday at 6 p.m. at Tustin.

Alamudun, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, opened the overtime period with a 3-pointer. He added a driving layup to give the Vikings a 67-64 with 32 seconds left. In the final half-minute Marina’s Chase Ishiro made a steal, was fouled and with 15 seconds remaining put in a free throw to make it a four-point game.

Alamudun led Marina with 16 points. Peter Serour added 12 points for the Vikings.

It was a fast-paced game, which Alamudun said was to Marina’s liking.

“We try to get up and down the court as fast as we can,” Alamudun said.

Brian Martinez scored 32 points for Tustin (6-4). Martinez, a 5-9, left-handed senior, scored 18 points including four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Six of Marina’s 13 games have been settled by four points or fewer. Two of those have been overtime games.

“I think it’s good for our guys to play close games early,” Marina coach Nick Racklin said, “because we’re going to have a lot of close ones in the Sunset League.”

Marina plays its Sunset League opener Jan. 5 at Edison, a defending league champion.

Also in the Tustin Classic:

San Clemente 53, Compton 49: The Tritons (11-3) advanced to the semifinals as Jacob Nemeth scored a team-high 18 points. San Clemente had a 20-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

San Clemente plays Northwood in a championship semifinal Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Northwood 71, Huntington Beach 49: Devin Owens’ 19 points led the Timberwolves (10-3). Seth Locke added 13 points for Northwood. Nick Saccacio paced Huntington Beach with 15 points.

In the Les Schwab Invitational:

No. 1 Mater Dei 84, South Eugene (Ore.) 44: Harvard-bound senior point guard Spencer Freedman scored 22 points for the Monarchs (7-2) in the…

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