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Santa Clara Rolls to 78-54 Victory in 2-A Showdown

Santa Clara High School rode a 16-2 scoring spree in the second quarter to a 78-54 victory over Orange Lutheran Saturday in the Southern Section 2-A division boys’ championship game in the Sports Arena.

The Saints (23-3) shot 57% from the field and limited Orange Lutheran to its lowest scoring output of the season with pressure man-to-man defense.

Santa Clara made 19 of 30 attempts in the first half and led, 45-22, at halftime. Center Bubba Burrage made three straight shots as the Saints opened a 35-17 lead midway through the second quarter, and Orange Lutheran never recovered.

Orange Lutheran (23-4) had averaged 84.6 points per game, but forward Daryl Cole was the only starter who played well. Cole scored 22 points, but center Pat Bagatourian was held to 13 points.

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The Lancers shot only 32% after averaging 55% all season. Bagatourian, a 62% shooter, made only two of 10 shots.

Santa Clara’s 6-foot-5 junior forward Shon Tarver led all scorers with 23 points, making 10 of 17 shots. He also blocked three shots.


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