first_imgWHITTIER – With about 30 seconds remaining in the game, La Serna High School’s Derek Mundt fouled out of Wednesday night’s Del Rio League boys basketball game against Whittier. But before he left, he still managed to provide the Lancers with the winning basket in a 45-44 victory. The lead changed hands four times in the last two minutes, with Whittier taking a 44-43 advantage on Ricky Kamayatsu’s steal near midcourt and subsequent layup with 1:08 to play. The Lancers led 12-6 after one quarter and 24-17 at halftime. Whittier finally tied the score with a 9-0 run early in the third quarter, including Cisneros’ two free throws that made it 26-26. The lead changed hands four times before Sergio Arambula sank a free throw to close La Serna to within two, 31-29, then had a three-point play to give the Lancers a 32-31 lead. Whittier held a 42-38 lead with 3:10 remaining, but La Serna’s 5-0 spurt earned a 43-42 lead to set the stage for the final run. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! La Serna (13-8, 4-0) brought the ball upcourt and David Hayashi passed to Mundt, who banked the ball off the glass from about 15 feet to give La Serna the lead, 45-44, with 35.1 seconds remaining. On Whittier’s next possession, Cody Clark was fouled and went to the line for a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 27.3 seconds left and missed the first attempt. In the scramble for the rebound, Kamayatsu came up with the ball and shot from 15 feet, but the ball bounced off the rim and La Serna’s Mike Acosta won the jump ball for the rebound. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardBut in doing so, he fell and was called for traveling as Whittier regained possession under the Cardinals basket with 6.5 seconds to play. Whittier’s Hugo Cisneros got the game’s last shot, a futile 15-footer from just beyond the free-throw line. It was a disappointing defeat for the Cardinals (6-13, 0-4), whose pressure defense was trouble for the Lancers most of the game. “Yes, their defense caused us problems,” La Serna coach Mike Lowe said. “Our composure isn’t as good as our competitiveness.” La Serna committed 20 turnovers, including 15 in the second half, and never really established any offensive flow. last_img