ANAHEIM -- Delon Wright has lived in the shadow of his big brother for a quite some time now. Far too long. Then again, it‘s hard not to when you’re related to Dorrell Wright, who was picked by the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft.
Delon, however, took the first step toward finally making a name for himself Saturday by guiding Leuzinger to a 58-39 victory over Santa Monica in a Southern Section Division 1A boys’ basketball championship game at the Honda Center.
The title is the first in the 80-plus year history of the school. By bringing home the hardware, Delon can now say he has done something his sibling hasn’t.
“I’m going to call Dorrell. Yeah, we'll be talking,’’ said Delon, who finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, seven steals, four assists and four blocks. “He wished me luck before the game and wanted me to win a championship for the school.’’
Truth be told, the game wasn’t close. The Olympians (24-6) led from start to finish. The Vikings (24-7) struggled throughout.
Leuzinger extended its lead to as many as 22 points in the third quarter, seemingly toying with the Vikings at times.
One of the lone highlights for Santa Monica was when Danilo Toskoic leaped for a rebound in the fourth quarter and finished with a follow dunk at 7:16. Too bad the game was well out of reach, with the Vikings down by 20 points at that stage.
Aqueel Quinn was feeling it early on. The senior scored six points, highlighted by a three-point play that gave the Olympians a 22-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Toskoic knocked down a three-pointer and James Montgomery had a basket, aside from that, points were hard to come by for the Vikings in the opening eight minutes.
“They jumped on us from the get go,’’ Santa Monica coach James Hecht said. “We were tentative and nervous. Once Leuzinger starting feeding off that, we were in trouble."
It was more of the same in second quarter. More tough times on the offensive end of the floor for the Santa Monica, which managed a mere nine points and ended up trailing 31-15 at halftime. The break could not come soon enough for the Vikings.
“They shocked us,’’ Montgomery said.