Trailing by four midway through the third quarter Tuesday night, the Palos Verdes boys basketball coaching staff made a defensive adjustment that paid dividends against Eisenhower.
PV switched into a 2-3 zone defense that helped spark a 12-0 run to end the third before handing Eisenhower a 62-47 loss in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A second round.
PV (23-4) will play at Covina, a 71-56 winner over Pacifica, in Thursday night's quarterfinal round.
"We've found through adversity all season, and our coaches made the adjustment to go into the 2-3," PV guard Syris Turks said. "We had to limit (Eisenhower's) inside shots and close out on the wings."
After Jack Engstrom gave PV a 35-34 lead, Greg Smart gave the Sea Kings a three-point lead after his steal and layup. Smart finished with 5 points.
After Eisenhower's Daniel Perez-Rouzan missed a pair of free throws, Smart's vision helped PV begin to distance itself.
"Greg had his eyes up and found me, and I was able to hit my shot," Turks said. "The crowd did a great job of keeping us in the game."
Smart's assist on Turks' 3-pointer gave PV a 40-34 lead, and Dane Dawson sank his putback at the buzzer to give the Sea Kings an eight-point lead after three quarters.
"The spark that Dane gave us was huge, and Elijah (Simpson) had some good minutes," PV coach Brian Edelman said. "His energy meant a lot, and Syris was able to make his shots."
Turks finished with 17, including seven in the second quarter. The sophomore guard got off to a slow start after his nerves got the best of him before the game.
"I had some Korean BBQ for lunch, but once I threw up, I felt a lot better," Turks said.
PV built an eight-point lead in the second quarter after Engstrom's inside bank-shot and Turks' pull-up jumper before Eisenhower (18-9) closed the second on a 16-8 run.
"We got hurt in the second when (Engstrom) got into foul trouble," Edelman said. "We got caught in a man-defense, and we were getting beat inside. We didn't attack their zone well enough, either."
Engstrom picked up his second could with 5:04 to play in the second, and PV only scored six points over the remainder of the quarter.
Engstrom, who finished with 10 points, picked up his fourth foul with PV leading 35-34 with 2:46 left in the third. Jack Good also finished with 10 points.
Jamele helped PV rebound from its poor shooting to start the game. The forward sank a 3-pointer with less than two minutes to play in the first quarter to help PV take an early 11-7 lead. Jamele scored seven of his 17 points in the opening quarter.
"We had to hustle more, attack the rim and finish," Jamele said. "At the half, we knew we had nothing to lose and have to give it everything."
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