Men's basketball team struggles to score in loss at Santa Ana

Courtesy of On My Game Photography
Courtesy of On My Game Photography

Irvine Valley's men's basketball team's chances at the postseason took a hit on Wednesday night at Santa Ana.

The Lasers were outscored, 29-12, over the final 14 minutes of the game and lost to the Dons, 63-59, in an Orange Empire Conference game.

Irvine Valley's record slipped to 14-13 overall and 3-7 in conference. Santa Ana, which snapped a seven-game losing streak, improved to 9-14 overall and 2-8 in conference.

Sophomore guard Daniel Hernandez led the Lasers with 15 points and two steals.

Sophomore forwards Jake Linsky and Parker Sims each had 10 points and nine rebounds and sophomore forward Zane Paddon chipped in 10 rebounds and two steals.

But the Lasers had problems scoring, especially in the second half.

They shot 25.8 percent (17 of 66) from the field as a team in the game and just 24.1 percent (7 of 29) from three-point range.

It was the second lowest shooting percentage of the season for the Lasers in a game.
In the second half, IVC shot just 23.8 percent (10 of 42) from the floor.

Cameron High was Santa Ana's leading scorer with 13 points while Chris Bailey put in 12 points and eight rebounds.

Santa Ana's bench came up big in the win, combining for 24 points on the night. Desmond Johnlouis had one of his best games of the season, going for nine points and three rebounds in 10 minutes.  D' Caran Anderson shot 2 of 5 from three-point range and scored nine points.

Irvine Valley has a bye on Friday and finishes out the regular season next week with two home games. The Lasers host Saddleback next Tuesday at 7 p.m. and then host Santiago Canyon on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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