Three Huntington Beach boys’ basketball teams came into Tuesday night’s CIF quarterfinals with dreams of a title.
Now, Ocean View High is left to win that title — or in the Seahawks’ case, go back-to-back.
The defending CIF champion Seahawks withstood a late La Habra rally to win, 67-59, in a Division III-AA quarterfinal at Ocean View.
The top-seeded Seahawks play No. 5 Palm Springs in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Mater Dei High. The game is considered a home game for Ocean View, but semifinal games must be played at an alternate site.
“They’ve been on a big-time roll here,” Ocean View Coach Jim Harris said of Palm Springs, which like his Seahawks, comes into Friday’s game on a 16-game winning streak.
Palm Springs got a big quarterfinal road win at No. 4 Sonora Tuesday night.
“They’re kind of the dark horse in this bracket,” Harris said.
Ocean View was tested in the second half Tuesday night against La Habra. An 18-point lead was whittled down to two before senior Avery Johnson drove and made a big layup in the final minute to give Ocean View a four-point lead.
Johnson and Anthony Brown each made two free throws to help ice the game after a big rebound from fellow senior Aaron Delgado on the other end.
Harris said visiting La Habra just got hot in the second half, as senior guard Vicente Galindo made several shots in a row to help bring the Highlanders back.
“They shot really well from midway through the third quarter to about midway through the fourth,” Harris said. “We had to answer and we did. We made the plays.”
Johnson finished with a game-high 25 points and Brown had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Senior center Ryan Okwudiboyne, who has been playing well in the Seahawks’ playoff run, had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Joshua Burresch led La Habra with 15 points.
Compton 62, Edison 52: The No. 2-seeded Chargers’ furious rally fell short as No. 7 Compton pulled the upset Tuesday night at Edison High.
“It’s just a lesson for the kids,” Edison Coach Rich Boyce said.
“You’ve got to be focused the whole time, and we just weren’t. But, you can’t let one game put a damper on a fantastic season. The kids played great and we wanted to celebrate that great season.”
Compton guard Dazjae Hill came out on fire, hitting three three-pointers in the first quarter as the Tarbabes opened up a 20-7 lead. Compton led by as many as 21 in the third quarter before Edison junior guard Dylan Garrity’s three-pointer trimmed it to 46-30 after three quarters.
“We just struggled to get shots and we didn’t do what we normally do defensively,” Boyce said. “It wasn’t our prettiest performance.”
Edison (24-5) cut it to four points twice in the final minutes, once on a three-pointer from junior Tyler Fields and once on a put-back from senior Ryan Walker with 1:18 to go. That made it, 54-50, Compton, but the Chargers could not get closer.
“The kids showed a lot of heart, like they have all season long,” Boyce said. “They never quit on me.”
Compton junior guard Allan Guei led all scorers with 23 points.
Garrity and Walker both had 15 for Edison, although Garrity, Edison’s leading scorer on the season, fouled out with 1:40 to go and the Chargers down five.
Fields scored seven and senior Jeff Trojan provided a fourth quarter spark with a couple of steals, finishing with three points.
Linfield Christian 51, Brethren Christian 40: The Warriors’ season ended in the CIF quarterfinals for the second straight year after they lost the Division V-A quarterfinal at St. Margaret’s.
Senior Austin Loeb scored a team-high 13 points for Brethren Christian (23-5). Austin Wenger and Riley Thomas scored eight points each and Daniel Healy had six.
No. 3-seeded Brethren Christian scored just four points in the first quarter and fell behind, 27-14, at halftime.
Jacob Porter led all scorers with 23 points for No. 6 Linfield Christian.