Ocean View basketball falls to Costa Mesa

Seahawks can still tie for league title by beating Westminster.The Ocean View High boys' basketball team lost sole possession of first place in the Golden West League race Monday when host Costa Mesa held on for a 44-42 victory.

The Seahawks, playing without starter Brad Sweezy, were led in scoring by Wynton Johnson, who finished with a game-high 16 points.

Costa Mesa, which completed a season sweep of Ocean View, moved into first place with a 9-2 record. The Seahawks slipped to 8-2 but can earn no worse than a share of the league title with wins this week over Orange and Westminster.

Ocean View stepped out of league play Saturday to take on Servite, and the visiting Friars pulled out a 54-50 victory. Diego Delgado paced the Seahawks with a game-high 17 points.

In another league game, Ocean View defeated visiting Estancia, 54-38. Diego Delgado scored a game-high 19 points.

In Sunset League play:

Los Alamitos took over sole possession of first place with a 71-57 home win over Edison. Landry Fields scored a game-high 20 points as the Griffins avenged a Jan. 13 defeat at Edison.

Denny Reed hit a trio of three-point shots and led Edison with 17 points. Tim Golden scored 12 and T.J. Lipold 11.

Edison previously had crushed rival Fountain Valley, 73-53, on the Barons' home court. Lipold led the Chargers with 16 points and nine rebounds. Reed scored 15 points and Golden 11.

Huntington lost on the road, 75-50, to Fountain Valley. Jeff VanDoornum scored 15 points and Nick Becker 11 for the Oilers.

Huntington also was a 54-41 winner at home against Marina. Becker led the Oilers with 12 points. Troy Lewis scored 13 and Sean Starkey 11 for the Vikings.

Marina also dropped an 82-60 contest at Esperanza. Mike Kinoshita led the Vikings with 18 points and Bryce Overend scored 13.

In girls' basketball:

Marina suffered its first loss in eight Sunset League games when Esperanza defeated the visiting Vikings, 41-38. The Aztecs outscored Marina 18-4 in the second quarter to take a 28-15 halftime advantage. They then withstood a second-half comeback by the Vikings, who fell to 7-1 in the league and 20-4 overall.

For Marina, Rachel Maulit scored 16 points and had nine rebounds, and Allison Budzinski had nine points, five rebounds and four assists.

Huntington is tied for second place with Esperanza in the league standings following a 57-46 win at Fountain Valley. The Oilers jumped out to an early lead and maintained that advantage against the Barons.

Freshman guard Noe Viloria had a big game with 19 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals, and sophomore center Jasmine Erving had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks for the Oilers.

In a key league encounter, Marina edged Huntington for the second time this season, 49-48. Erin Barney scored 13 points and Lindsey Schulz 11 for the host Vikings to offset the 28 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots by the Oilers' Jasmine Erving.

Edison won its second-straight league game by running past visiting Los Alamitos, 60-43. The Oilers, who led, 36-19, at the half, got 17 points and six assists from Kelly Peterson and six points and 12 rebounds from Wahine Kepilino.

Previously, Edison defeated rival Fountain Valley, 61-53. The host Chargers had a balanced scoring attack -- Loryn Kanemaru hit four three-point shots en route to a game-high 16 points, and Simone Ibbotson and Wahine Kepilino each scored 15 points.

Ocean View clinched a share of the Golden West League championship with a 50-40 triumph at Estancia. Junior center DJ Butler poured in 28 points to lead the Seahawks.

The Seahawks, however, were handed their initial league loss in their next outing, as visiting Costa Mesa rallied to pull out a 45-44 victory. Butler scored 19 points and Josnique Thomas 11 for Ocean View, which is 9-1 in the league.20060209iucdluncKENT TREPTOW / INDEPENDENT(LA)Ocean View High's Diego Delgado, left, fights through the defense of Costa Mesa's Larry Puente, center, and Ryan French during Monday night's game at Costa Mesa High. The Mustangs won, 44-42. 20060209iucdm7ncKENT TREPTOW / INDEPENDENT(LA)Ocean View's Brandon Ishimoto, right, fights Costa Mesa's Moses Titus for a rebound during Monday night's game at Costa Mesa High School. The Seahawks played without starter Brad Sweezy.

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