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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.

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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.

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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.

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