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Edison’s David Atencio, Newport Harbor’s Sam Barela share Sunset League MVP in boys’ basketball

Edison’s David Atencio, Newport Harbor’s Sam Barela share Sunset League MVP in boys’ basketball
Newport Harbor High's Sam Barela, left, and Edison's David Atencio led their respective programs to a share of the Sunset League title during the 2017-18 season. (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Edison High senior point guard David Atencio and Newport Harbor junior point guard Sam Barela split the Sunset League MVP award after leading their respective boys’ basketball teams to a share of the league title during the 2017-18 season.

Atencio helped the Chargers tie for first place for the second straight season, while Barela lifted the Sailors to their first Sunset League crown since the 1979-80 season.

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Edison senior center Josh Phillips and senior forward Spencer Serven, Newport Harbor junior forward Dayne Chalmers and senior forward Brad Siegel, and Marina junior guard Jakob Alamudun and senior guard Peter Serour made the first team.

Atencio, a repeat first-team pick, averaged 13.6 points, 4.5 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

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Edison (21-8, 8-2 in league) suffered a 70-62 loss in overtime at top-seeded Oak Park in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

Barela averaged 10 points and five assists per game.

Newport Harbor (21-7, 8-2) lost 48-39 to Walnut in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2A playoffs.

Phillips averaged 6.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game.

Serven averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Chalmers averaged 14 points and six rebounds per game.

Siegel averaged nine points and five rebounds per game, while shooting 50% from the field.

Alamudun and Serour led Marina (16-12, 5-5) to fourth place in the league and the program’s first playoff win since 2008-09. The Vikings beat La Quinta 72-50 in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3A playoffs, before they lost 64-50 to No. 4-seeded Murrieta Mesa in the second round.

Alamudun, a repeat first-team pick, averaged 21.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, and made 87.4% of his free throws.

Fountain Valley finished fifth in the league at 3-7 and Huntington Beach was sixth at 0-10. Both missed the postseason.

The second team included Newport Harbor senior guard Zack Swies and sophomore forward Robbie Spooner, Edison senior guard Matt Palma, Huntington Beach senior guard Cade Ortiz, Marina junior forward Dean Keeler and Fountain Valley senior forward Josh Gray.

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