The Laguna Beach High boys’ basketball team’s bid to win the Century Tournament title Tuesday was denied by Santa Margarita.
The Eagles outscored the Breakers by 15 points over the span of the second and third quarters and went on to take a 63-49 victory in the championship game at Century High.
Dylan Roley led three Breakers in double figures with 15 points. Ryan Lawler scored 12 and Cody Duplisea had 10 points.
Adam Selevan scored eight points and Chris Paul added four points to complete the scoring for Laguna, which fell to 11-4 overall.
Daniel Munoz scored a game-high 19 points for Santa Margarita, which improved to 11-3.
The Breakers reserved a spot in the title game by rallying past Glendora in a Monday semifinal game, 63-56. The Tartans held a nine-point halftime lead (33-24) before Laguna came to life in the second half. Despite being limited by early foul trouble, Lawler went on to lead the Breakers with 22 points. Roley hit a trio of three-point baskets in the second half and went on to post 21 points.
Laguna began tournament play Dec. 26 and beat Beckman, 61-45. Lawler had 19 points, Selevan 15 points, Roley 14 points and Duplisea scored 10.
On Saturday, the Breakers outscored Tustin by 15 points in the second half and went on to defeat the Tillers, 63-54. Lawler also had 19 points in this win, with Roley leading all scorers with 23 points.
The Breakers play a pair of nonleague games early next week as a final tune-up to their Orange Coast League opener Jan. 9. On Monday, they travel to play University and on Tuesday host Irvine. Both games tip at 7 p.m.
Laguna received a late holiday gift Saturday: its first victory of the season.
At the Garden Grove Tournament, the Breakers got win No. 1 by handing Beckman a 50-39 defeat.
Emily Writer scored a season-high 29 points and went 16 of 18 from the free throw line in the second half. Sam Garner’s double-double included 12 points and 14 rebounds and Katie Daff scored nine points.
“Every girl that suited up played and it was a great team effort," Breakers Coach Jon Hendrickson said.
“We came out extremely flat and tired. No energy and we trailed by 10 at the half. However, the girls really cam alive in the third quarter, going on a 16-3 run, and then put the game away in the fourth quarter."
Laguna Beach’s modest win streak was halted Monday by Pacifica, which scored a 68-27 win.
Garner left the game midway through the second quarter due to asthma attacks and never returned, Hendrickson said.
“Unfortunately, we took a big step back after posting our first win," Hendrickson said.
Laguna ended play in the tournament Tuesday with a 54-32 loss to Century, which also defeated the Breakers in nonleague play Dec. 16. Writer led the way for Laguna with 18 points. Katie Daff added eight points and Garner had six points.
“While we didn’t play that well in the first half, I was encouraged by the girls’ effort in the second half, especially coming off a horrible defeat (Pacifica) yesterday," Hendrickson said.
“We moved the ball well, broke their press and had some great looks that we just couldn’t knock down. I feel like we will be fine come league play, but we still have a ways to go."
The Breakers will travel to Corona del Mar for a 5 p.m. nonleague game Tuesday. They open Orange Coast League play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Godinez.