• Boys Basketball: Santa Cruz Ends Pacific Grove’s Season in the CCS Division IV Semi-Finals

    – Jon Charron –

    You could see the heartbreak on the players faces after having their great season come to an end on Tuesday night. Yet, the Breakers still have a lot to be proud of this season. They repeated as MTAL champions, and made it to the CCS Division IV Semi-Finals with a fairly young team.

    Sophomore Brad Sendell seemed to carry the team on his shoulders early on in the season. But with the addition of sophomore Erol Ersek and the team building more chemistry with each other, they clicked as the season went along, winning 10 straight games to close out the regular season.

    Pacific Grove might have had their season ended by the #1 seeded Santa Cruz Cardinals on Tuesday night, but the Breakers kept fighting until the very end. [03-03-15]

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    After hard fought first quarter, the Breakers found themselves down 12-7. In the first half, sophomore Brad Sendell carried most of the scoring load for the Breakers. Sendell had 12 of the Breakers 19 first half points. The Breakers first and only lead of the game came on an Erol Ersek 3-point shot, midway through the first quarter. It gave the Breakers a 7-6 lead.

    The two teams fought back and forth in the second quarter, but the duo of Kaijae Yee-Stephens and Kiree Hutchings kept the Cardinals in front. Stephens and Hutchings combined for 22 of the Cardinals 28 first half points and helped turn a 5 point first quarter lead into a 9 point halftime lead.

    Brad Sendell tried to keep the Breakers in it, when he drove into the lane and floated one in. Cutting the Santa Cruz lead to 36-27. Santa Cruz though, would close out the third quarter on a 7-0 run to extend their lead from 9 to 16.

    Starting the fourth quarter, Pacific Grove needed to amount a huge comeback. Erol Ersek and Brad Sendell helped kick start a comeback by scoring 11 straight combined points. They cut the deficit to 5 with a little less than five minutes remaining in the game. After a pair of Santa Cruz free throws ended the Breakers run, Brad Sendell hit his lone three pointer of the game to pull the Breakers within four late in the fourth quarter. That would be as close as the Breakers would get though, as Santa Cruz hit 9 of 11 free throws in the last minute and a half to help secure their spot in the CCS Division IV Finals.

    Brad Sendell led the Breakers with 23 points, while Erol Ersek added 13. Zack Miller had a team high 9 rebounds.

    Pacific Grove, who had a great run, and won their second straight Mission Trail Athletic League title will look to build upon this for next season. Only losing five seniors to graduation, the Breakers will be returning a strong core. The Breakers should be considered the early favorites to win the MTAL again next year.

    Box Score

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th
    Final
    Pacific Grove 7 12 8 21 48
    Santa Cruz 12 16 15 12 55

    Stats –

    Pacific Grove

    FGM

    3PM

    FTM-A

    REB

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    PTS

    John Buttrey

    0

    0

    0

    1

    1

    0

    0

    0

    Brad Sendell

    6

    1

    8-11

    1

    3

    2

    0

    23

    Uche Ebo

    1

    0

    0

    3

    0

    0

    0

    2

    Noah Dalhamer

    1

    0

    0

    5

    1

    0

    0

    2

    Sam Fenstermaker

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1

    0

    0

    0

    JoshWren

    2

    0

    0

    4

    0

    0

    1

    4

    Chip Wagner

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    Zack Miller

    1

    0

    2-2

    9

    0

    1

    0

    4

    Erol Ersek

    3

    2

    1-2

    5

    0

    1

    1

    13

    Other Results from CCS Division IV Semi-Finals:

    #2 Seed Menlo School def. #3 Seed Terra Nova 62-37

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    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 4, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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