Sonora Surprises Corona Centennial

Centennial of Corona came into the Nike Extravaganza VII with the big reputation, high state ranking and marquis players in J.R. Reese and Lance Soderberg. After playing 32 minutes with Sonora of La Habra, the Huskies left with their tails between their legs, suffering the 57-40 defeat Saturday afternoon at the Pyramid in Long Beach.

"They were a better team today," Centennial head coach Val Popov explained. "They did some very good things and we didn't respond."

The best thing the Raiders did was shoot the three-ball. Against a passive Centennial zone, Sonora came out shooting from long range. Consecutive triples from senior guard Jacob Trejo put Centennial in a 14-5 hole from which it never recovered.

It didn't help that Reese, the Husky star guard, spent most of the first half on the pine in foul trouble. But the Sonora lead was just six, 26-20, at halftime, before the Raiders poured it on in the third quarter. Behind diminutive guards Randy and Travis Rogers, Sonora outquicked, outhustled and outshot its more acclaimed opponent, stretching the lead to 45-23 after three quarters.

Reese scored 13 fourth quarter points, but it wasn't nearly enough for a team that shot just 25 percent for the game and committed 17 turnovers.

Trejo led three Raiders in double figures with 16 points. LaRence Knight had 11 and Randy Rogers chipped in with 10.

Reese, who finished with 19 points, was the only Husky in double figures.

In daytime session action, defending Southern Section champion Glendora took out Westminster 64-34; Costa Mesa bested Servite, 69-53; Brea Olinda romped past Valley Center, 69-49; and St. John Bosco got 27 points and 15 rebounds from guard Gio St. Amant in a 75-61 win over Ocean View.

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