The intensity level was turned up a notch for Mission Viejo High School Wednesday night as the Diablos beat Irvine, 58-42, in South Coast League play at Mission Viejo.
The Diablos improve to 3-2 in league and 14-5 overall. Irvine is 3-2, 11-9.
"Tonight we played with defensive intensity," said Bob Minier, Mission Viejo coach. "We moved the ball around extremely well and got our fast break going early."
The Diablos led at halftime, 27-15. Guard Todd Matthews hit three long-range jump shots in the half and forward Jeff Herdman made three baseline shots to spark the offense.
Mission Viejo increased its lead to 38-20 when center Jeff Springfield tipped in a missed shot by Matthews with 1:32 remaining in the third quarter. The Diablos led by as many as 22 points in the second half.