Members of the Costa Mesa High boys' basketball team celebrate by hoisting the bell trophy after defeating Estancia in a Battle for the Bell game on Wednesday. (KEVIN CHANG, Daily Pilot / January 30, 2013)

It took a blocked shot by Matt Jarmacz on Wright to wake Wright up. Jarmacz yelled after swatting the ball out of play. He tried to fire his team up after keeping the Eagles in the game by scoring nine of his 14 points in the first quarter.

On the Mustangs' next possession, Wright responded. He hit a jumper and lifted his chest as he slowly walked back on defense.

Wright wasn't finished in the second. He nailed his next two shots, a jumper and a three-pointer, forcing Estancia Coach Carlos Beltran to call a timeout with 2:44 left before halftime. A one-point game was now an eight-point lead for the Mustangs, thanks to Wright's seven-point performance during a 1-minute, 23-second stretch.

"It's a nice building block for us," said Krikorian, who's in his first season in charge of his alma mater. "We're trying to build this program."

The last time the Mustangs won the bell in consecutive seasons, Krikorian says it was 11 years ago, when he was a player.

It has been that long since he's had free rib dinners in consecutive years.


Orange Coast League

Costa Mesa 50, Estancia 39


Estancia 11 – 8 – 4 – 16 — 39

Costa Mesa 17 – 10 – 14 – 9 — 50

E – Jarmacz 14, Mendoza 10, Harry 7, Ponce 4, Beck 2, Stillman 2.

3-pt. goals – Mendoza 2, Jarmacz 1.

CM – Hefner 18, Wright 12, Comer 10, Traylor 3, JeyaRajah 2, Azurin 2, Bell 2, Jeranimo 1.

3-pt. goals – Wright 2, Traylor 1.

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