Warriors have plenty to smile about after Hawaiian trip

Fun in the Hawaiian sun is over.

But boy, what a trip.

The Brethren Christian boys' basketball team returned home to Huntington Beach late-last week with a championship trophy by winning its division at the World Youth Basketball Tournament at Kona, Hawaii. The Warriors took the title by defeating the host school, Kealakehe, 56-37, in the final.

"Team defense led the way," said BC Coach Jon Bahnsen whose squad gave up an average of 38 points in four tournament games.

Senior guard Riley Thomas averaged 19 points per game and senior guard Daniel Healy averaged 11.8 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, 6.3 assists, 4.8 steals per game and was 22 of 25 (88%) from the foul line for the Warriors.

BC began defense of its Academy League title Tuesday with a 62-43 win over Crean Lutheran South of Irvine. Thomas poured in 24 points Daniel Healy had 15 points and Jazz Hill 11 points for the Warriors who are now 15-1 overall.

BC resumes league play Friday (7:30 p.m.) at Oxford Academy. On Saturday, the Warriors will host the ninth annual Small School Showcase at Liberty Christian High in Huntington Beach. They'll take on Hesperia Christian at 5:30 p.m.

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Edison: The Chargers ran their perfect record to 15-0 Tuesday with a 65-46 nonleague victory over visiting Calvary Chapel. Dylan Garrity's 34 points topped all scorers and Zach Bauer had 11 points as the Chargers ran their record to 15-0, the best start in program history.

Edison previously won four games at Desert Hot Springs before the New Year to win the Desert Heat Invitational. The Chargers capped the holiday tournament with a 68-48 win over Simi Valley. Dreon Barlett scored 24 points and was named all-tournament along with Bauer. Garrity had 19 points and was named tournament MVP.

The Chargers begin their Sunset League schedule Friday (7 p.m.) hosting rival Fountain Valley.

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Huntington Beach: The Oilers 3-1 at the Orange Holiday Classic to take fifth-place in the 16-teram tournament. Vincent Oe and Jordan Reise represented Huntington on the all-tournament team.

In the fifth-place game, Huntington used a balanced scoring attack to hold on for a 55-52 overtime win over Kentridge of Washington state whose starting guard, Gary Bell, is headed to Gonzaga next year, Huntington Coach Fabian Luna said. Oe led the way with 14 points, Mackey Clustka had 12 points and Andrew Tenbrink finished with 10 points.

"I was really pleased coming out of that tournament 3-1, considering the caliber of teams participating," Luna said. "I thought our boys played their hearts out and we are doing well considering we are missing our point guard and best player, Jordan Castaneda, due to a spinal cord injury."

On Monday, Huntington was outscored by five points in the fourth quarter by host Mission Viejo and fell, 52-50, to the Diablos. Tenbrink and Dirk Cason each had 15 points for the Oilers who fell to 10-5.

Huntington opens Sunset League play at 7 p.m. Friday against defending champion Los Alamitos.

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Fountain Valley: The Barons ended nonleague play Monday against Segerstrom and fell to the host Jaguars, 64-51. Zach Matar had 15 points and Jacob Bracken and Judd Chamaa each scored 10 for Fountain Valley.

Last week, the Barons reached the championship game of the Alvarez Tire Classic at Prescott, AZ., where they lost, 62-44, to Cimarron-Memorial of Las Vegas. Matar and Sean Myers both were named all-tournament.

"We played some good teams in this tournament and hopefully will help us as we move toward league," Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. "It was great to get to our third (tournament) championship game this season."

The Barons launch their Sunset League slate Friday (7 p.m.) at Edison.

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Marina: The Vikings dropped a 62-51 nonleague game Tuesday to visiting Segerstrom which began to take control in the fourth quarter on three-point shooting and Marina turnovers. JJ James led all scorers with 29 points and the Vikings fell to 5-10.

Marina wrapped up play at the Coast Classic tournament Dec. 30 with a 46-41 loss to host Estancia. James scored 12 points and Matt Arnall had 10 points for the Vikings who went 1-3 at the event,.

Marina begins Sunset League play at home Friday (7 p.m.) against Newport Harbor.

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Ocean View: The Seahawks went 2-2 last week at the Santa Barbara Tournament, beating Burroughs/Burbank, 65-49, in their final tourney game Dec. 30. Conor Clifford had 18 points, Billy Keller 15 points and Josh Mishler and Cristian Rivera both scored 10 for Ocean View which improved to 9-4.

The Seahawks defeated West Torrance (67-55) and lost to Leuzinger (61-55) and on a last-second shot to San Marcos (64-63) at the tournament.

"We played all right," Ocean View co-head coach Jimmy Harris said of the Seahawks' four-game swing. "Even though you don't want to lose, we took away some positives from the San Marcos game. I do think we are still (playing) a bit inconsistent right now."

Ocean View begins defense of its Golden West League title at 7 p.m. Friday against visiting Orange.

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Girls' Basketball

Brethren Christian: The Warriors opened Academy League play Tuesday and scored a 42-20 win against host Crean Lutheran. Nine Warriors scored led by 10 points from Sara Hodges and eight from Brooke Hernandez. BC improved its overall record to 12-2.

At last week's West Coast Jamboree in Antioch, the Warriors reached the title game but lost, 44-42, in overtime to Orland (Ca.). Madison Desler and Kirsten Sakata made all-tournament for the Warriors.

BC plays at league foe Oxford Academy at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Warriors will take on Valley Christian at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Small School Showcase at Liberty Christian High in Huntington Beach.

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Edison: The Chargers concluded play Dec. 31 at the Best of the West Tournament at Ayala High with a 72-57 victory over Bishop Amat. Bonnie Samuelson netted 29 points and Karlie Samuelson had 15 points for Edison which improved to 12-1.

The Chargers had their 12-game win streak snapped Dec. 30 at the tournament by Cajon which held on for a 62-60 semifinal victory. Bonnie Samuelson again led all scorers with 20 points and Genna Gomez had 10 for Edison whose rally from a 16-point halftime deficit fell short.

Edison plays at Fountain Valley at 7 p.m. today in the Sunset League opener for both teams.

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Fountain Valley: The Barons picked up their seventh win of the season Tuesday by scoring a 66-48 nonleague victory at home over Ocean View. Jasmine Matar had 20 points and Kimmi Kamada and Allyson Yoshinaga each scored eight for Fountain Valley.

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Huntington Beach: The Oilers won the Winter Classic at Costa Mesa High last week, beating Mission Viejo, 62-58, in the Dec. 30 final. Kelsey Minato canned four three-point shots on her way to a 25-point night and went on to be named tournament MVP. Maya Kennedy scored 17 and made all-tournament.

Huntington begins Sunset League play at 7 p.m. tonight, hosting Los Alamitos.

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Marina: The Vikings ended their nonleague schedule Monday with a 47-34 loss at former Sunset League member Esperanza. Alyssa Kinoshita scored nine points for Marina which is now 9-6.

The Vikings last week went 3-1 at the Larry Doyle Orange County Championships tournament they hosted, beating Palos Verdes, Paso Robles and Notre Dame Academy. Kinoshita made the all-tournament team.

Marina starts Sunset League play at 7 p.m. today at Newport Harbor.

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Ocean View: The Seahawks began a three-game stretch of nonleague action Tuesday at Fountain Valley and fell, 66-48, to the Barons. Hannah Ferguson led Ocean View with 18 points and Kelli Berry, Grace Okwudibonye and Mari Shigemasa each scored eight.

Last week, Ocean View won the consolation championship at the Santa Maria Tournament, routing host Santa Maria, 72-33, in the consolation final. Berry's 16 points led all scorers.

The Seahawks have two more nonleague games this week beginning with a 4:30 p.m. home game today against Laguna Beach. On Saturday, they'll play at La Quinta.

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