In the first week of the 2010-11 boys' basketball season, Edison High has already taken on two Sunset League foes.
Too bad for the Chargers that neither game will count in the upcoming race for the league championship.
Edison opened up play Dec. 6 at the La Quinta Tournament against Marina, and held on for a 40-38 season-opening win over the Vikings. On Saturday, it took on Huntington Beach in the championship game of the tournament and emerged with a 66-57 victory.
Dylan Garrity hit four three-point shots and recorded a game-high 24 points, Zach Bauer had 14 points and Dreon Barlett added 11 points for the Chargers (5-0) in the title game.
Garrity was named tournament's Most Valuable Player and Bauer made the all-tournament team.
Andrew Tenbrink scored 14 points and Jordan Reise had 10 points for the Oilers.
Reise and Dirk Cason represented Huntington on the all-tourney team.
"We were very fortunate to come out with the victory in a great game," Edison Coach Rich Boyce said. "Both teams played outstanding and both represented the Sunset league well.
"It will be a tough league upcoming as Marina, Fountain Valley, Newport (Harbor) and Los Al are all playing well."
Edison's road to the final also included wins against Long Beach Wilson (60-52) and host La Quinta (73-50) in semifinal-round action last Friday.
Huntington (3-1) reached the final by defeating Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana (66-46), JSerra (54-43) and in overtime over University (64-61). Reise had 12 points and Rory Aldana and Cason scored 11 and 10, respectively, in the win against Calvary Chapel. Reise scored 19 and Vincent Oe had 14 in the win against JSerra. Against University, Aldana scored on a layup with just under five seconds left in regulation to tie the score and send the game to overtime, where the Oilers opened with a 7-0 run and then hung on for the win.
Tenbrink had 13 points, Mackey Clustka tallied 12 points and Oe finished with 11 points against the Trojans.
The Oilers trailed Edison by just two points at the half of Saturday's championship game but were outscored in the third quarter, 22-13.
"We didn't play very good, but that's a credit to Edison and them executing their game plan better than we did," Huntington Coach Fabian Luna said. "Hopefully, we can take this and learn from it and become better down the line. We just stopped doing the things we did well and it cost us. But I told our guys the championship we want is not won in December and we need to regroup and move forward."
In other boys' hoops action:
Brethren Christian: The Warriors went 3-1 last week to finish third at the Tri-City Christian Tournament in Oceanside.
Brethren Christian defeated Calvin Christian (El Segundo), 56-46, Tri-City Christian (73-46), lost to Christian (El Cajon), 60-40, in the semifinals and defeated Temecula Prep, 67-52, in the third-place game Saturday.
"Overall it was a good tournament, especially after dealing with some injuries and illness over the course of the tournament," Warriors Coach Jon Bahnsen said. "Our team defense was again pretty solid over the course of the tournament. "
Senior guard Daniel Healy had a triple-double against Tri-City Christian (13 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists) and senior guard Riley Thomas had a "great tournament," Bahnsen said, averaging 24.3 points per game, including a 37-point performance against Temecula Prep. Thomas also was 11-for-11 from the foul line and is shooting 90% for the season, Bahnsen said.
The Warriors play in Culver City on Saturday at Pacifica Christian.
Fountain Valley: For the second time in as many tournament appearances, the Barons reached the finals of the Valley Christian Tournament in Cerritos, where they fell to Tustin, 58-30, in Saturday's championship game. Fountain Valley made it to the finals by defeating host Valley Christian (49-43), Calvary Chapel/Downey (62-23) and Besant Hill of Ojai (59-51).
Barons senior guard Judd Chamaa and junior forward Nathan Moss made the all-tournament team.
In its other tournament appearance this year, Fountain Valley finished second at the Pio-Turion Tournament at Western High.
"It was a good mix of teams for us to play and be able to face different looks and styles," Barons Coach Roger Holmes aid. "We didn't play well in the finals, but it was great to get there for the second time this season."
Marina: The Vikings opened play Monday at the Charlie Wilkins Classic at Westminster High and suffered a 52-40 loss to Trabuco Hills. Center Jake Self, who had been sidelined with two broken fingers he suffered at practice two weeks ago, returned to the Marina lineup Monday.
Previously, Marina dropped its final game at the La Quinta Tournament on Saturday, losing 75-53 to University. JJ James led three Vikings in double figures with 14 points. Jordon Adnams and Josh Long both scored 10 points.
Ocean View: The Seahawks took seventh at its own Tournament of Champions on Saturday by defeating Clovis East, 78-76. Ocean View senior guard Billy Keller, who had been out with a shoulder injury he suffered in the fall, returned to score 25 points and junior center Conor Clifford had 21 points with eight rebounds.
Ocean View and Fountain Valley had different results Tuesday on the second day of the week-long Hawk Holiday Classic at Ocean View.
The host Seahawks jumped out to a 32-16 halftime lead on Western and went on to defeat the Pioneers, 53-44. Junior point guard Hannah Ferguson scored a game-high 15 points and senior guard Kelli Berry had 10 points for Ocean View.
Despite having four players score in double-figures, Fountain Valley fell to Silverado, 68-55. Jasmine Matar, Kimi Kamada, Toyen Le and Christine Tran each scored 11 points for the Barons.
Fountain Valley was coming off an eight-place finish in its own Hoops Challenge tournament that ended Saturday, when the Barons dropped a triple-overtime seventh-place game to Temecula Valley, 59-54.
The 16-team Hawk Holiday Classic continues today and runs through Saturday. Games start at 3 p.m. both today and Friday. Eight games will be played Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. and finishing with the championship game at 7:30 p.m.
Brethren Christian: Brethren Christian continued its early season success by posting two nonleague wins.
On Friday, the Warriors visited Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana and came away with a 47-16 victory. Madison Desler celebrated her 18th birthday by hitting four three-point shots, all in the first quarter, and finished with a game-high 12 points.
Brethren Christian also was a 44-25 winner Dec. 7 against Saddleback Valley Christian. Rebekah Rudd led all scorers with 14 points, Kirsten Sakata had 11 points and Emily Hammond got the Warriors rolling by scoring all nine of her points in the opening quarter.
"I am excited about our prospects of doing well in this tournament and using it to continue to improve our team play as we get ready for league play," said Warriors Coach Jeff Wallace, whose team is playing at the Orangewood Academy Classic in Garden Grove and takes on Aquinas today.
Edison: The Chargers won the championship Saturday at the South Coast Holiday Classic by defeating Woodbridge, 63-36, at Concordia University in Irvine. Karlie Samuelson scored 24 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Her sister Bonnie scored 16 points and was named tournament MVP. Monay Lee added 10 points for the 4-0 Chargers.
Huntington Beach: The Oilers took third place Saturday at the Hoops Challenge tournament at Fountain Valley by routing San Clemente, 65-40. Kelsey Minato, who made the all-tournament team, had four three-point baskets and scored 18 points and freshman Danielle Kennedy scored a career-high 16 points for Huntington.
"I am very pleased by our performance this past week," Huntington Coach Russ McClurg said. "We are young and are making great strides so far."
Marina: The Vikings split its final two games at the South Coast Holiday Classic, hosted by University High. They defeated Capo Valley, 40-32, on Friday before losing, 54-23, to Laguna Hills on Saturday. In the win over Capo Valley, Alyssa Kinoshita and Sloan Turner both scored 14 points. Turner, a senior center, also hauled in 10 rebounds.