The Peninsula boys basketball team got off to a slow start in Monday’s opener at the Mira Costa Pacific Shores Tournament against Mary Star.

Mary Star jumped out to a 14-2 lead against Peninsula in first quarter.

“They came out in their zone defense and we were taking quick shots from the perimeter,” Peninsula coach Ryan Quinlan said. “We weren’t doing a good job moving the ball and getting it into the high post, we were kind of relying on the three and they weren’t falling.”

Luke Frasso and Caleb Hall got on track from 3-point land to end the first half and open the second half, respectively, helping the Panthers eventually pull away for an 82-72 win, Monday.

Frasso finished with four 3-pointers and 19 points and Hall had three and 22 points in win.

JD Plough led Peninsula with 31, including hitting 13 of 15 from the free throw line.

“Toward the end of the first quarter and start of the second, we starting moving the ball better, got better looks and guys hit shots,” Quinlan said. “If you’re not going to hit shots, you’re going to get down 14-2, but that’s what I’m proud about, they didn’t give up.”

Frasso’s first 3-pointer of the game came in the second quarter to give Peninsula its first lead of the game, 21-17 and his last of the first half put the Panthers up 39-34 at halftime.

From there, Peninsula just had to make sure it could hold off Mary Star and it wasn’t easy.

Peninsula stretched its third-quarter lead to 52-38. Mary Star responded with an 11-0 run, fueled by the deep shooting of Jose Rocha, to get within three at 52-49.

In the fourth, Peninsula led 62-51, but with less than three minutes left, the lead was just 66-63.

Joseph Octave and Adrian Alvarez scored 24 points apiece for Mary Star and Rocha finished with 14.

Peninsula faces Venice, Wednesday at 6 p.m. 

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