TUSTIN – Beckman’s leading scorer, Dylan Thoerner, got into early foul trouble and was forced to sit for more than five minutes in the first quarter in the Patriots’ nonleague game against rival Foothill on Friday at Foothill High School.
Thoerner more than made up for it over the next three quarters by scoring a season-high 27 points to lead Beckman to a 76-56 victory over the Knights.
“That’s really the key right there,” Beckman coach John Goins said. “They were really shifting over big on him.”
The point total was also a season-high for the Patriots (7-3), who are ranked No.12 in CIF-SS Division 3AA and No. 15 in Orange County.
Rebounding was also a key part of Beckman’s victory, as the Patriots outrebounded the Knights (3-8), 37-10.
Garrett Andre led Foothill with 14.
Both teams’ student sections were at high volume, creating a playoff-type atmosphere in a game in which only bragging rights were on the line.
Beckman’s Aaman Soma led all players with 11 rebounds.
“I knew it would be a great environment … a league-type game” Goins said. “We really hadn’t had a chance to play one of those yet.”
Thoerner scored 10 points in the second quarter and 12 in a 25-point third for the Beckman, which led by 17 going into the fourth.
“I just tried to keep staying aggressive,” Thoerner said. “In the first quarter I got the two quick fouls and I couldn’t play, so I knew the rest of the game I had to step up a notch and make up for that.”
The Patriots were coming off a 70-52 loss to Villa Park, ranked No.4 in Division 2AA, on Wednesday.
“We’re coming off playing the No. 4 team in the county and we had to get our legs kind of going,” Goins said. “It just took a little time to get that machine going.”
Beckman’s other two defeats this season were against Sonora and West Torrance.
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