Northwood’s basketball team puts the accelerator to the floor from the opening tip to the final buzzer.
And so it was again Friday as the Timberwolves motored past Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga 69-47 in the Tustin Classic championship game at Tustin High.
Jacob Huynh led Northwood (12-3) with 31 points including five 3-pointers. He made seven shots, and had 22 points at halftime.
The Timberwolves tied it 3-3 on Huynh’s first 3-pointer and pulled away from Los Osos (13-2) from there.
Huynh said Northwood perhaps has hit its stride.
“We really just picked it up this past week,” said Huynh, a 6-foot senior guard who has a quick release from outside and can dribble-drive quickly. “We just start out hot. This week’s been really good for us.”
Seth Locke added 12 points and eight rebounds for Northwood. Tournament MVP Devin Owens scored eight points and guarded Los Osos’ Isaiah Rojas, another of the tournament’s top players. Owens limited Rojas to 12 points.
Northwood coach Tim O’Brien said the players have been a joy to coach, and that their quick starts and ensuing consistent play comes from a total team effort.
“It’s the personality of the players,” O’Brien said. “Sometimes a coach gets those kinds of players and that’s what we have this year.”
Also in the Tustin Classic:
San Clemente 56, Marina 55: Jacob Nemeth and Anthony Smetona scored 11 points each in a balanced scoring effort for the Tritons (12-4) as the won the tournament’s third-place game.
Marina’s Jakob Alamudun, one of the better players in the tournament, paced Marina (9-6) with 18 points.
Third-place games sometimes are lackluster; players are disappointed that they are not playing in the championship game and thus put in a mediocre effort in the third-place game. San Clemente-Marina was high-energy from start to finish.
“It was super-competitive,” Tritons coach Marc Popovich said. “It felt like a league game.”
San Clemente took a 7-0 lead and did not trail….