Boys' Basketball: Ocean View earns 700th win in program history

For a school that has had plenty of success on the hardwood, the Ocean View High boys' basketball program reached another milestone on Friday.

When the Seahawks rolled to a 71-39 Golden West League victory at Segerstrom, the win went into the school record book as the 700th all-time for the program which is in its 35th varsity season.

Ocean View owned a 700-274 overall record heading into the week.

"We haven't really talked about it very much with the team, but the 700 wins means a lot to us, especially the coaching staff," Ocean View Coach Tim Walsh said. "Ten of the 11 coaches in the program played for Coach [Jim] Harris, and this program means a great deal to all of us.

"Jimmy [Harris] and I have been talking about the milestone the last few weeks, which led to a lot of thoughts about Coach Harris. Personally, Friday night's game [against Segerstrom] was very emotional. At halftime, I mentioned to the guys how important this game was to the program, and I had a tough time holding it together. I wish Coach could have been there with us."

Jim Harris created and coached the Ocean View boys basketball program for 33 years and compiled a 665-265 record. He passed away in October 2011.

Walsh, who co-coached the Seahawks last year with Harris' son, Jimmy Harris, played for Jim Harris during his senior year in 1994.

Since last year, the Seahawks are 35-9 overall.

In Ocean View's win over Segerstrom, sophomore guard Kendall Small led all scorers with 21 points to go along with seven steals, five rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Dillon Reise added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Ocean View, 11-5 overall and ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 3-A, began defense of its GWL title on Jan. 9 and routed visiting Santa Ana, 78-37. Small led all scorers with 20 points and Reise had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The Seahawks play host to Orange at 7 p.m. Friday, play a 6 p.m. nonleague game Monday at Huntington Beach, and resume league play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home against Loara.

Ocean View has won seven-straight Golden West League championships and 14 of the last 15.

"I'm happy with the way we started league play, but the road is going to be tougher," Walsh said. "We play Westminster and Loara over the next couple of weeks, and those will be battles.

"We need to do a better job of taking care of the ball in transition, and we need to continue to work on our shot selection. Our defense is still a work in progress, and our defensive effort and intensity will ultimately decide our fate in league and beyond."

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