The boys’ competitor for the night was Laguna High School, who is ranked first in the league and known to be a strong team. The players took their places on the court and the game began. The line-up consisted of four seniors, Sean Comer, Kyle Hefner, Daniel Azurin, Oronde Crenshaw, and a sophomore, Mason Tufuga. These players have started in the majority of the games throughout the season and had a big hand in getting the team to where it is. As the starting ball was thrown into the air, Mason Tufuga reached up and was able to swipe the ball back towards his teammates just before Laguna’s player.
The second quarter included a tight back and forth game in which both teams were pushed and tested. Just as Laguna would gain points, Mesa would follow behind, holding on to a chance at beating the Costa Mesa High School record. The game went into halftime with the score of 24 Costa Mesa- 39 Laguna. Cheerleaders and spectators became invested in the game and both sides helped to show strong support for their players.
The third quarter brought a positive streak to the Costa Mesa boys as they began to close the gap and the quarter ended with 36 Costa Mesa- 39 Laguna. Within three points of their competitor, the players were louder than ever, particularly those on the bench. The basketball players on the bench have been known for their loud cheering and supportive attitude. Many consider them to have an infectious attitude that reflects on to the crowd: this attitude is one of encouragement and excitement.
With 14 seconds left on the clock, it began clear that Laguna had succeeded and the game ended at the score of 43 Costa Mesa-53 Laguna. Although the boys did not win, they had smiles on their faces with the thought of a game well played and a successful record behind them. While this may be the end of the league games, it is not the end of basketball season because the team qualified for CIF. The boys placed second in the league and fans can be expecting a reoccurrence in basketball games during President’s Week when Mesa will host the first round of CIF.