BREA-OLINDA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT : Walker Sets Another Record, Leads Brea to Another Title
Keith Walker grabbed another piece of Brea-Olinda High School history Saturday night.
Walker sank 26 of 28 free throws--a school record--and with them helped to sink Compton, 84-53, in the championship game of the Brea tournament.
Walker broke the record of 21 free throws set by Roger Anderson in 1982.
Record-breaking is getting to be a habit for Walker, who also holds the school’s single-game scoring mark with 50 points. That mark, set against Loyola in the Ocean View tournament earlier this season, bettered the one held by his older brother, Kevin. Now a senior at UCLA, Kevin scored 46 points in a game in 1986.
Keith Walker, who totaled 47 points, 16 rebounds and six assists Saturday night before fouling out with a minute to play, was named the tournament’s most valuable player for the second consecutive year. It also was Brea’s second consecutive tournament title.
Brea (11-3) started the game much slower than it finished it, however, and didn’t score a point until Walker hit the first of two free throws with 3:18 left in the first quarter.
Compton (13-3), which scored a total of 193 points in its two previous games, never got on track. Point guard Curtis Thomas made three three-pointers but fouled out with 15 points in the fourth quarter.
After the sluggish start, Brea’s transition game got going, fueled primarily by center Fritz Wickman’s 20 rebounds.
In the fifth-place game:
Fallbrook 76, El Dorado 69--Fallbrook swingman Chris Miller scored 28 points, 20 of them in the second half. El Dorado guard Mike Bradach scored 19 points and Jerome Facione added 16.
In the seventh-place game:
La Mirada 73, Whittier Christian 50--Whittier Christian’s Joe Konstantarakis scored a game-high 20 points. La Mirada was led by Todd Koenig and Jason Pietsch with 15 each.
In the consolation round:
Buena Park 78, Sonora 66--Buena Park’s Daynell Collins sank seven three-pointers and led all scorers with 35 points. Sonora’s Scott Oxarart scored 21.
El Modena 61, Sunny Hills 57--El Modena guard Greg Gottlieb scored a game-high 26 points and teammate Robert Dadant added 18. David Ragsdale led Sunny Hills with 18 points and guard Dominic Carnesi had four three-pointers and 16 points.
Montclair 71, La Habra 50--La Habra’s James Clegg hit five three-pointers and led all scorers with 32 points.