Boys' Basketball Roundup: Take it to the hoop

Marina, Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos carried the torch for the Sunset League on opening day of the two-day Sunset League vs. Pacific Coast League Challenge on Tuesday, and only one of those teams, Huntington, claimed victory.

The Oilers capped the three-game schedule at the Huntington Beach High gym with a 65-57 win over Woodbridge. In the first game, Marina was handed a 77-68 loss by University of Irvine. The middle game saw Corona del Mar edge Los Al, 53-51.

Three Oilers scored in double figures against Woodbridge with senior forward Harley Ruder topping all scorers with 21 points. Junior guard Mason Luna netted 20 points and senior guard Andrew TenBrink had 11 points.

Huntington (7-3) gained control in the third quarter where they outscored the Warriors, 21-9, to open up a 48-34 lead.

"I thought we played with some really good energy on the defensive side of the ball in the second half," Huntington Coach Fabian Luna said.

Two runs to close out both the second and third quarter helped University get past Marina (4-6). The Trojans (5-6) went on a 15-3 scoring run to end the first half in taking a 35-24 lead at the break, then used a 12-4 run to close out the third quarter, to increase the lead to 61-44.

Senior forward Max Gibbs led the Vikings with 20 points.

In previous action, both Huntington and Marina wrapped up tournament play on Saturday.

Huntington captured third-place at the Charlie Wilkins Classic at Westminster High by defeating Vista of San Diego, 55-37, in the third-place game. Ruder led all scorers with 14 points. TenBrink and Mason Luna added eight and seven points, respectively.

In a tournament game played Dec. 12, the Oilers outscored Ocean View by eight points in the second half to come away with a 61-54 win over the Seahawks. Ruder again led all scorers, this time, with 32 points. Sophomore forward Grant Vis had 11 points.

Ruder was named to the all-tournament team.

"I was really happy with our performance last week finishing third in a very good tournament," Fabian Luna said. "We played pretty well, top to bottom."

Marina played for fifth place at the La Canada Holiday Classic where the Vikings dropped a 66-55 overtime game to Arcadia. Senior forward Casey Hayes, who scored 22 points, was named to the all-tournament team.

In the tournament semifinals Friday, sophomore guard Greg Fronek scored 14 points and senior forward Hayden Winks had 10 points as the Vikings beat Glendale, 63-45.

"It was nice going back to La Canada to play. Brings back good memories," said Marina Coach Nick Racklin, who played at La Canada.

Both Huntington and Marina will take part in the North-South Challenge this weekend at El Toro High. The Oilers go up against San Clemente at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and the Vikings face Dana Hills at 11 a.m. Saturday.


Brethren Christian: The Warriors finished in the runner-up spot Saturday at the Oxford Academy Tournament in Cypress.

BC (5-2) won its first three at the event by defeating Garden Grove (56-47), Buena Park (78-67) and Western (54-52). In Saturday's championship game, the Warriors fell, 68-45, to Cypress. Center Mamadou Ndiaye scored 114 points in the four games including 41 points to go along with 18 rebounds, in the two-point semifinal win against Western.

Ndiaye was named to the all-tourney team.

"It is always a good tournament when you make the championship game, but we did not handle pressure well in the championship game which led to our loss," BC Coach Jon Bahnsen said.

The Warriors go up against Capistrano Valley at 5 p.m. Friday as part of the North-South Challenge at El Toro High. They start play Wednesday at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic and open the tournament at 9 p.m. against Salesian at Desert Christian Academy.

BC also has tournament games at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at Desert Christian Academy, and at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28 against Viewpoint at Cathedral City High.


Edison: The Chargers went 2-3 at the Irvine World News/Gary Raya Classic and capped tournament play Saturday with a 55-47 win over El Dorado. Sophomore guard Derek Molina was named to the all-tournament team.

At the six-day event, Edison (4-5) defeated El Dorado and Valencia (60-48), and dropped games to Temecula Valley (60-55), Mission Viejo (77-57) and Laguna Beach (60-54).

"We played a very demanding schedule and played well," Edison Coach Rich Boyce said. "We played second-ranked Mission Viejo very tough. We led most of the first half and were within five in the final quarter."

The Chargers take on Laguna Hills at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of the North-South Challenge at El Toro High.

"They play hard and are well-coached," Boyce said of the Hawks. "Execution will be a big key [for us]."

The Chargers took on Beckman Wednesday as part of the Sunset League-Pacific Coast League Challenge. The score wasn't available at press time.

Next week, Edison takes part in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic. The Chargers start tourney play at 9 p.m. Wednesday against Benicia (CA.) at Xavier College Prep School in Palm Desert.


Fountain Valley: The Barons raced to a 20-point halftime lead Tuesday against Segerstrom and went on to post an 82-53 win over the host Jaguars in nonleague play. Fountain Valley's scoring balance included six players in double figures. Senior guard Josh Armstrong led the scoring with 14 points. Senior center Jackson Gatlin had 13 points, senior guard Danny Chamaa and senior forward Tanner Trounce both scored 12 points, and senior forward Joey Petersen and junior guard Richard Le each scored 10 points.

Fountain Valley, which won its 10th game in improving to 10-1, played Northwood Wednesday in the Sunset League-Pacific Coast League Challenge. The score wasn't available at press time. The Barons face Aliso Niguel Saturday at the North-South Challenge. Tipoff is 3:30 p.m. at El Toro High.

Next week, the Barons take part in the 22nd annual Surf 'N Slam San Diego Hoop Classic in San Diego. They'll face Skyline (WA.) in an 11:30 a.m. first round game on Thursday.


Ocean View: The Seahawks went 3-1 at the Charlie Wilkins Classic which ended Saturday at Westminster High.

Ocean View posted tourney wins over Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana (92-56), Trabuco Hills (76-72) and Corona del Mar (68-57). The Seahawks' lone loss was to Huntington Beach (61-54).

In their finale against Corona del Mar, senior guard Nathan Kosai nailed seven three-pointers and finished with 23 points, sophomore guard Kendall Small also scored 23 points, and junior forward Dillon Reise scored 12 points for the Seahawks, who pulled away from the Sea Kings in the fourth quarter.

Ocean View will take on Tesoro at 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of the North-South Challenge at El Toro High.

The Seahawks start play Wednesday at the 23rd annual Torrey Pines Holiday Classic. They'll take on Austin (Texas) in a 7:30 p.m. first-round game Dec. 26.

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