After the Santa Monica High boys basketball team extended its winning streak to 11 games with Ocean league wins Wednesday and Friday, the skein came to an end Saturday.
In a non-league game as part of an all-day showcase event at Fairfax High, Santa Monica lost to Torrey Pines of San Diego, 52-47.
“We didn’t have Solomon Singer due to a sprained ankle, but even without our leading scorer and rebounder we had a great effort and I was proud of our players,”said Samohi coach James Hecht.
“Torrey Pines was fundamentally sound and it was good for us to see an opponent we don’t usually see, a team from another city.”
Samohi erased a 10-point third quarter deficit to lead by one early in the fourth and was in contention near the finish.
Guard Cory Walker scored 16 points.
On Wednesday Samohi rolled past Hawthorne, 88-36.
On Friday the streak reached 11 as Samohi defeated Morningside, 47-40 in a physical game. Singer had 10 points and Danilo Toscovic and Harry Horn scored eight.
Samohi went a month before losing. Before the Torry Pines game Samohi hadn’t been beaten since December 29 by Thousand Oaks.
The Vikings’ next game will be an important one. First place Santa Monica plays Wednesday at second place Inglewood.
Samohi is undefeated in the Ocean League and Inglewood has just loss. That was to Samohi.
The Vikings hope Singer can play. He was injured against Morningside and was a game time decision before the Torrey Pines game.
Although Samohi had the long winning streak the decision was to not take a chance with Singer inasmuch as the Inglewood game will be for the league lead.
This is Hecht’s 16th year as the Vikings’ coach and he has had to make decisions of this nature in the pasr where the choice is not obvious.
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