RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – No. 6 Tesoro cruised to a 67-23 win against Portola on Friday in a nonleague boys basketball game at Tesoro High.
The Titans dominated from the opening whistle, particularly on the defensive end. Tesoro deployed a full-court press for the first three quarters of the game and forced 17 turnovers.
“We tried to rotate as many guys as possible on senior night,” Tesoro coach Steve Garrett said. “We wanted to test the waters and see if they could handle it, and they could so we stuck with it. We’ve been focusing on our defense the last three weeks and ramp it up.”
Tesoro (11-4) played all 10 healthy players substantial minutes Friday on the team’s senior night. Nine players scored for the Titans and all 10 had rebounds.
Noah Honetschlager was dominant for Tesoro inside. The 6-foot-9 senior scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds before exiting the game midway through the third quarter.
“It’s been a great four years for him and I’m really proud of his maturity and his growth,” Garrett said of Honetschlager.
With Honetschlager controlling the game inside, the Tesoro wing players were able to get open shots on the perimeter. Matt DeAngelo made the most of his open looks, scoring 13 points and making three 3-pointers in the second quarter to blow the game open.
“Now days you have to be able to hit the three ball or you don’t win games,” Garrett said. “He (DeAngelo) was the guy who was open tonight and it was great to see him shoot with confidence. He can really pull it.”
Tesoro dominated Portola on the glass and often held the Bulldogs to just one shot per possession. The Titans outrebounded Portola 33-17. Tyler Lefever grabbed six and Tyler Broughton tallied five rebounds.
Portola (9-11, 0-2) struggled to get quality shots against the bigger Tesoro defense. Mohsen Hashemi led the Bulldogs with eight points and six rebounds.
Tesoro begins Sea View League play with three games next week – against Laguna Hills, No. 20 El Toro and No. 24 Dana Hills. The Titans won two consecutive Sea View League championships the last time they played in the league before playing in the South Coast League the past two seasons.
Portola hosts University in a Pacific Coast League game Tuesday. This is the first varsity season for Portola.
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