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Capistrano Valley pulls out win against No. 3 Fairmont Prep in North O.C. Championships


Capistrano Valley’s Spencer Egbert (22) is fouled by Fairmont Prep’s Kristian Jemerson during the North Orange County Championships at Sonora High in La Habra on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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PUBLISHED: December 5, 2019 at 9:48 pm | UPDATED: December 5, 2019 at 11:24 pm

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LA HABRA — A 3-pointer by Zach Roberts helped Capistrano Valley overcome a six-point deficit with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter, as the sixth-ranked Cougars pulled out a 46-44 victory over No. 3 Fairmont Prep in pool play of the North Orange County Championships on Thursday night at Sonora High.

Capistrano Valley coach Brian Mulligan was impressed with his team’s resolve late in the game after struggling most of the contest against Fairmont’s 2-3 zone defense.

“We need more people to step up against teams like that,” Mulligan said. “They seemed willing to let us back in and we finally made some shots.”


The Huskies (5-1) were up 43-37 before Brody Sumner hit one of his three shots from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter to bring Capistrano Valley (7-0) within a point, 44-43. Sumner scored all nine of his points in the final quarter.

Fairmont Prep called a timeout after Sumer’s basket and then turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds play.

Roberts did the rest. The senior guard drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing with under 10 seconds remaining to give the Cougars the lead, 46-44. Roberts finished with eight points, including a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers.

Huskies guard Atin Wright, a Cal State Northridge signee, finished with a game-high 13 points, but he was unable to convert in the frantic final seconds as his shot fell off the mark before the final buzzer. The Cougars players sprinted off the court in a jubilant celebration.

Conner Gleason led Capo Valley with 12 points, 10 in the first half, and Mulligan praised the crafty play of his point guard.

“He understands that he’s limited physically, but he’s so tough mentally,” Mulligan said. “His little scoops in the lane really kept us around for a long time.”

Chol Deng and Papa Cisse each had 10 points for Fairmont Prep, and Kristian Jemerson had nine points on three 3-pointers.

Fryer on basketball: A healthier Redfield leads…

12/03/2019, 4:00pm PST
By Steve Fryer


Fryer on basketball: A healthier Redfield leads Capistrano Valley boys basketball to strong start


Capistrano Valley’s Langston Redfield drives against Trabuco Hills’ Justin Anderson during the second half of a South Coast League game at Trabuco Hills High School on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Mission Viejo, Calif. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

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PUBLISHED: December 3, 2019 at 2:35 pm | UPDATED: December 3, 2019 at 2:35 pm

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Langston Redfield at 90 percent helped Capistrano Valley win 100 percent of its first five games.

The Cougars boys basketball team won the season-opening Jim Harris Classic tournament championship two weeks ago. They improved to 5-0 with a 64-27 win over Esperanza on Monday in the first round of pool play for the North Orange County Championships.


Redfield, a 6-foot-3 junior point guard and younger brother of former Mission Viejo football and basketball standout Max Redfield, continued his comeback by being named Harris Classic tournament MVP.

He broke his leg in a 2018 summer league game at Mission Viejo when he slammed into a wall.

“It was gruesome,” said Capistrano Valley coach Brian Mulligan. “He came back last year after the Christmas break, but he was nothing like he is now. Now, he’s at about 90 percent recovered.”

Redfield is an all-around contributor.

“He defends,” Mulligan said, “he scores and as a point guard gets the ball to everybody. He’s super unselfish.”

Capistrano Valley often has two bona fide point guards on the court. Conner Gleason, a 5-10 junior, is the other.

“Both are really bright players,” Mulligan said. “Having two point guards on the court at the same time is a luxury we’ve never really had before.”

Capistrano Valley’s boys basketball keeps momentum going

01/29/2019, 12:15pm PST
By Steve Fryer

Capistrano Valley’s boys basketball keeps momentum going

Cougars defeat Mission Viejo in South Coast game


Capistrano Valley’s boys basketball keeps momentum going

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PUBLISHED: January 28, 2019 at 10:20 pm | UPDATED: January 28, 2019 at 10:20 pm

MISSION VIEJO – One of the hotter teams in Orange County boys basketball remained hot Monday.

Capistrano Valley defeated Mission Viejo 61-50 in a South Coast League game at Capistrano Valley.

The Cougars improved to 6-1 in league. They are tied for first place with Trabuco Hills. The league championship will be decided Wednesday when Capistrano Valley plays at Trabuco Hills in the final regular-season game for both.


Capistrano Valley, 16-9 overall and ranked No. 18 in the Orange County top 25, has won five of its past six games and is 13-4 since Dec. 6.

It was Mission Viejo’s final league game. The Diablos, 20-6 and No. 17 in O.C. top 25, conclude the regular season with a nonleague home game Wednesday against Sea View League champion Tesoro.

Capistrano Valley junior Conner Gleason scored a game-high 20 points. Gleason, a 5-11 guard, made five 3-pointers including two in the fourth quarter. Cougars 6-7 junior Spencer Egbert scored 17 points with 3 3-pointers.

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Several different players made timely contributions Wednesday. Which, Gleason said, is typical.

“That how it is every night,” Gleason said. “We play team basketball. It was a fun win.”

Mission Viejo junior Griff Higgins scored 14 points. Diablos juniors Nate Hewitt and Jake Conerty scored 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Conerty, a key contributor to Crean Lutheran’s CIF championship last season and playing Monday for the first time after missing seven games because of a knee bone bruise. Although clearly not the sure-of-himself athlete he usually is, Conerty managed a game-leading 10 rebounds.

Higgins made three 3s in the second quarter as the Diablos outscored the Cougars 23-13 to take a 31-28 lead into halftime. It was Capistrano Valley’s turn to make 3s in the third quarter, with Gleason, Brian Lak and Zach Roberts putting in the deep shots. The Cougars had a 43-39 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Mission Viejo tied it 48-48 when Zack Gald converted a three-point play. At the other end Capistrano Valley 6-6 junior Jake Muller muscled an offensive rebound, popped the ball outside to Gleason who made a 3 to put the Cougars on top for good 51-48.

Muller, a reserve, scored only three points and fellow reserve Riley McNair scored only four but their points came at crucial times.

“Mueller and Riley McNair were the unsung heroes in this one,” Capistrano Valley coach Brian Mulligan said. “Because they just come in and do the dirty work for you. And for them to get a couple buckets out of it was really pleasing.”

Wednesday’s game was only the fourth that the Cougars have scored more than 60 points this season.

“We don’t score many points,” Mulligan said. “But we play really hard and (the players) care.”