PREP ROUNDUP : Esperanza Free Throws Cost Santa Ana Valley

Esperanza, ranked ninth in Orange County, made 13 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter and beat third-ranked Santa Ana Valley, 62-54, in a quarterfinal game of the Converse Classic boys’ basketball tournament Wednesday at Capistrano Valley High.

Esperanza (6-0) led after three quarters, 48-47, and built a 12-point lead with about three minutes left. From there, Santa Ana Valley was forced to foul.

Matt Munson (11 points) made five of six free throws in the final quarter for Esperanza. Josh Greer had 17 and Lohnnie Tape added 14 for Esperanza, which plays Tustin in a semifinals game at 8 tonight.

Ike Harmon had 16 for Santa Ana Valley.


In another tournament game:

Tustin 49, Long Beach Wilson 37--David Lalazarian scored 29 points to lead sixth-ranked Tustin.

In nonleague games:

Los Alamitos 72, Sonora 68 (OT)--Chris Glass had 20 points and nine assists for the Griffins (4-1), who made eight of nine free throws in overtime to win it.


Dana Hills 59, Villa Park 46--Mike Hutchens had 30 points for Dana Hills (2-2), which beat seventh-ranked Villa Park (2-2).

Nathan Mirth made a three-pointer with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to tie it, 59-59, for Sonora (5-2). Ben Jones had 28 points for Sonora, ranked 10th in the county.

El Toro 48, Laguna Hills 44--Sophomore Mark Wulfemeyer had 28 points, including five three-pointers, for host El Toro (5-1), which lost to Laguna Hills in triple overtime, 63-57, in the Mission Viejo tournament last week.

Kennedy 58, Rancho Alamitos 44--It was the 299th victory for Kennedy Coach John Mayberry, who is in his 19th season.

Valencia 42, Orange 40--Valencia used an 8-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to overtake Orange (3-1), which had led by six after three quarters. Kevin Jackley had 17 points to lead the Tigers (3-1).

In the Costa Mesa boys’ basketball tournament:

Santiago 41, Industry Workman 38 (OT)--After Workman tied the score on a 20-footer at the end of regulation, Tony Dixon scored all six points in overtime to lift Santiago (3-0).

Mission Viejo 70, Costa Mesa 35--Gabe Burt scored 11 points for Mission Viejo in round-robin play. Mission Viejo (6-0) plays Los Amigos in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday.


Los Amigos 52, Saddleback 48--Chris Francis led all scorers with 25 points for Los Amigos (3-1).

In the Irvine boys’ soccer tournament:

San Clemente 1, Woodbridge 1 (San Clemente wins on penalty kicks, 3-2)--Goalkeeper Kevin Mehrens made three saves in the shootout to lift the Tritons into the championship game. Tyler Smith’s penalty kick tied the score for the eighth-ranked Warriors with five minutes left.

In nonleague boys’ soccer:

Aliso Niguel 4, Ocean View 1--Brian Pyle had a goal and an assist and Matt Frankos had two assists for visiting Aliso Niguel (1-0-1), which scored three second-half goals to break a 1-1 tie.

Santa Margarita 3, Capistrano Valley 1--Chon Kantikovit and Rob Taylor broke a 1-1 tie with goals in the second half for second-ranked Santa Margarita (4-0).

In the semifinals of the Irvine girls’ soccer tournament:

Laguna Hills 1, Capistrano Valley 1 (Laguna Hills advances on penalty kicks, 4-3)--Karine Inoue scored on a breakaway with about three minutes left in regulation to tie it, 1-1, for Laguna Hills. The Hawks meet Trabuco Hills in the final at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Irvine High Stadium.