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Laguna downs Irvine

With Bobby Monroe dominating play inside and Ian Butters scoring

from the outside, the Laguna Beach boys’ eighth-grade National Junior

Basketball team handed Irvine its first loss of the season, 61-49.

Undefeated Laguna raced to an 18-9 first quarter lead, only to see

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Irvine use the three-point shot to battle back and forge a 29-29 tie

at the half.

Monroe and Butters accounted for 24 of Laguna’s 29 first half

points, each with 12 points.

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Teammates Patrick Curran and Chris Hyden also got into the scoring

act.

Irvine continued its hot streak early in the third quarter as the

Hawks built a five point lead.

It was at that point in the game that Laguna’s defense clamped

down, and the offense went on a spurt of its own.

Laguna scored the final 11 points of the quarter and took a 46-39

advantage into the fourth quarter, with Brian Delino, Nathan Pickett

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and Brennan Healy leading the scoring spree.

Playmaker Ty Fleming also had a hand in the comeback.

Laguna, now 3-0, will take on the Westminster Wildcats Sunday in a

5:15 p.m. tipoff at Laguna Beach High.


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