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Coach Mike’s Long Shot Challenge basketball showcase returns Monday

Costa Mesa High head coach Mike Molina, center, instructs his players during the first half against Harvard-Westlake in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA first-round game on Wednesday.
Mike Molina, shown instructing the Costa Mesa High boys’ basketball team in 2014, is again putting on the Coach Mike’s Long Shot Challenge for the fifth straight year.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

The Coach Mike’s Long Shot Challenge boys’ basketball showcase returns Monday and will again be hosted by Costa Mesa and Corona del Mar high schools.

Proceeds from the fifth annual showcase will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Costa Mesa alumnus Mike Molina said.

Molina, an assistant men’s basketball coach at Chapman University, founded the Long Shot Challenge in 2016 in honor of his late friend and Costa Mesa alumnus Jeff Long, who died in 2012 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. Molina also was diagnosed and has fought testicular cancer.

Twenty-two teams will compete at the showcase, which will have games on Martin Luther King Jr. Day starting at 11 a.m. at both sites.

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The games at Costa Mesa include Western vs. Temecula Linfield Christian (11 a.m.), San Juan Hills vs. Santa Fe Springs St. Paul (12:30 p.m.), El Toro vs. Long Beach Millikan (2 p.m.), El Cajon Valhalla vs. Long Beach Jordan (3:30 p.m.) and Irvine vs. Laguna Hills (5 p.m.).

At CdM, Brethren Christian plays Pomona Ganesha at 11 a.m. Laguna Beach faces Cerritos at 5 p.m. and CdM plays Long Beach Cabrillo at 6:30 p.m. Other games include Trabuco Hills vs. South Gate (12:30 p.m.), Ventura Buena vs. Servite (2 p.m.) and Crean Lutheran vs. Santa Fe Springs Santa Fe (3:30 p.m.).

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