Kaupang leads Matadores to win

first_imgVirgil Sanders led Cerritos with 20 points. La Mirada led 42-25 at halftime and outscored Cerritos 16-14 in the third quarter to take a 58-39 lead into the fourth quarter. Cerritos, using a fullcourt press, forced numerous turnovers by the Matadores’ reserves and cut the final deficit to 13 points by game’s end. Olaseni Moore supported Sanders, scoring 11 points for the Dons. Jose Macias also had a productive game for La Mirada, finishing with 12 points, eight assists and five steals. “It’s always good,” Kaupang said of getting the team’s first league win. “Hopefully, it will get us kicked off and going.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Matadores (10-8 overall, 1-2 in league) took control of their homecourt early, racing to a 16-7 lead after one quarter and never looked back. “We had a lot of intensity,” Kaupang said. “We lost our last two (league games) and wanted to get a win. We knew it was at our place and we came out fired up.” LA MIRADA – After opening league play with two losses to, in La Mirada High School boys basketball coach Jack Dunbar’s words, Suburban League “monsters” Artesia and Mayfair, his Matadores had no desire to remain in the league cellar. Led by forward Stephen Kaupang’s game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, host La Mirada picked up its first league win with a 73-60 decision over Cerritos. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaKaupang helped La Mirada ice the game in the second half, scoring eight consecutive points to fuel a 15-2 Matadores run that put the Dons (10-9, 2-2) in a 67-39 hole – their largest of the game. “We ask him to do a lot inside,” Dunbar said of Kaupang, who scored 13 points in the second half. “He does that and does a real good job for us.” La Mirada jumped out to its early lead by moving the ball around quickly against Cerritos’ press. “I’m really happy with how we played early,” Dunbar said. “This is how we expected to play all year.” Aside from Kaupang’s double-double, Taylor Siemens finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for La Mirada. Chris Belson scored 15 points for the Matadores. last_img