University’s boys basketball team had a rough first half, but still trailed by only two points against crosstown rival Woodbridge in the second round of the So Cal Elite Gary Raya Classic at University.
The Trojans turned it on in the second half and went on to capture a 75-58 victory to advance into the championship semifinals Friday night against JSerra. Northwood and El Toro will play in the other semifinal with the winners moving on to the finals on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at El Dorado.
Uni doesn’t slow the ball down often, but was protecting the lead late against Woodbridge. Guard Alex Bray brings the ball up and Jackson Muniz sinks a 3 in a 75-58 win over the Warriors in the So Cal Elite Gary Raya Classic. Woodbridge’s Max Montplasir also scores a basket. pic.twitter.com/ipNn3MOVqX
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A 9-0 run by the Trojans at the start of the third quarter helped University (6-1) turn the tide. Alex Bray scored 22 points and Sam Dharod scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Trojans, who outscored the Warriors, 27-12, in the third quarter.
Woodbridge, coming off a big 69-66 victory over previously undefeated Esperanza on Tuesday, surged to a 14-point lead in the first half. Daniel Thatcher led the Warriors (3-6) with 14 points in the game.
But the Warriors could only hold off the Trojans for so long.
“We’ve won six of the seven games but we’ve been behind six of the seven first quarters,” said University Coach Mike Dinneen. “Once we caught them at halftime, I thought we played very well in the third quarter and we took it to them. But we were getting out-worked, we shot poorly and we got beat in every phase of the game.
“John (Woodbridge Coach Halagan) had his kids ready to play. And we were not ready to play and that’s my fault. We’re still searching, but basketball is a 32-minute game and we’re surviving with wins, but we’re not playing 32 minutes as well as we can. But in parts of the…