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Capo Highlights on MVTV's South County SportsZone

01/21/2020, 7:00am PST
By MVTV's South County SportsZone

Capo Basketball Highlights... Capo Girls win over Mission Viejo & Capo Boys win over El Toro!

Capistrano Valley basketball opens league play with thrilling victory against Mission Viejo


Fans storm the floor as Capistrano Valley celebrates after defeating Mission Viejo 41-40 in a South Coast League boys basketball game in Mission Viejo on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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PUBLISHED: January 8, 2020 at 9:50 pm | UPDATED: January 8, 2020 at 11:27 pm




Capistrano Valley’s Zach Roberts hits the game-winner over the Mission Viejo defense during their 41-40 victory over Mission Viejo in a South Coast League boys basketball game in Mission Viejo on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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MISSION VIEJO – South Coast League boys basketball games often go back and forth like windshield wipers.

One of those games happened Wednesday. Capistrano Valley had a big lead early, Mission Viejo rallied in the fourth quarter to take the lead and hold it for most of the fourth quarter, but Capistrano Valley won it 41-40 on Zach Roberts’ layup with 15 seconds left.

“A lot of times when Capo and Mission play each other,” said Capistrano Valley’s Brian Mulligan, who is in his 25th season as the team’s head coach, “stuff like this happens and then it gets really weird down the stretch. I’ve been involved in way too many 41-40s and 39-38s.”

It was the league opener for Capistrano Valley. The Cougars, No. 3 in the Orange County top 25, are 16-1 overall. No. 7 Mission Viejo (16-3) beat Trabuco Hills in its league opener Monday for its 10th win in a row.

Capistrano Valley had a 12-point lead in the third quarter. The Diablos scored 10 of the quarter’s final 12 points to trail the Cougars 36-33 going into the fourth quarter.

Mission Viejo took its first lead at 38-36 with 5:16 remaining on Jake Conerty’s two free throws. A free throw by the Diablos’ Griff Higgins made it 39-36.

Capistrano Valley’s Brody Sumner made a game-tying 3-pointer with 3:04 to go. Nathan Hewitt put Mission Viejo back on top 40-39 with a free throw with 1:14 left.

After a series of timeouts and missed shots by both teams, Capistrano Valley came up with a loose ball and got it to Roberts for the winning layup with 15 seconds remaining.

Mission Viejo’s following possession yielded a couple of make-able shots that did not fall as time expired.

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Capistrano Valley senior guard Connor Gleason scored a game-high 14 points. Sumner finished with 11 points and three 3s and Langston Redfield, whose brother Max was a football and basketball standout at Mission Viejo, scored 10 points with 10 rebounds.

Higgins led Mission Viejo with 11 points. Conerty scored six points and had 12 rebounds.

Sumner opened the game with a 3 to give the Cougars a lead they would not relinquish until the fourth quarter. They had a 14-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter and were ahead 24-14 at halftime.

Capistrano Valley made 18 of 44 shots (41 percent) and took only two free throws, making one. Mission Viejo was 12 for 37 from the field (32 percent) and 11 for 20 at the free-throw line.

Capistrano Valley plays a league game at home Friday against San Clemente. Mission Viejo’s next game is a league game Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Aliso Niguel.

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.