Boys Basketball Trumps King City

Breakers pummel Mustangs in 69-33 victory

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Written by Eli Swanson, Sports Editor

PACIFIC GROVE, CA – After three straight victories by 20+ points, the Pacific Grove boys basketball team expected much stiffer competition than it got in its 69-33 victory over King City Wednesday night.

The Breakers capitalized on strong games from Zack Miller, Chip Wagner and Brad Sendell to knock off the Mustangs and extend their unbeaten streak to six games.

Both teams started the game tentatively — each taking several possessions to get a feel for the opposition’s defensive schemes. The Breakers took a quick lead early in the first quarter, but King City rallied to come within nine at the quarter break.

The Breaker starters showed a bit of rust in the first half — understandable considering they have not played much in PG’s past three blowouts. However, they made it clear that they are ready for every matchup.

“We have to prepare hard for every game, so we approached this game exactly the same as any other,” said junior forward Zack Miller.

Pacific Grove utilized a 21-point second half — sparked by six points each from Sendell and senior forward Chip Wagner — to catapult itself into a commanding 40-19 halftime lead.

The game quickly became sloppy after the teams returned from their respective locker rooms — the only real driving force was whether or not Pacific Grove could reach the 40-point margin necessary to elicit a running clock.

The Breakers came close to a 40-point cushion — within two points — when Wagner hit a couple of free throws early in the fourth quarter, but ultimately the lead was whittled down by a late King City run.

Jacob Flores was the only real scoring threat for the Mustangs all night — he led the visitors with 13 points.

Miller led Pacific Grove with 17 points — including a nifty tap in rebound on a Brad Sendell layup — and 10 rebounds. Sendell and Wagner each added 14 points.

Next up for the MTAL-leading Breakers is a rematch with Carmel on Friday. Pacific Grove defeated the Padres 47-37 three weeks ago, and Carmel has since lost to King City. Pacific Grove (16-3, 9-0 MTAL) sits two and a half games above second place Carmel(14-4, 6-2) in the MTAL standings currently, but the Padres have a game in hand.

As to whether or not coming into a tight matchup on the heels of a blowout victory will affect the Breakers versus Carmel, junior guard Brad Sendell said, “we often have our hardest practices right after some of our easier games, so we’ll be ready.”