Doyle tourney in action

Ten girls' basketball teams will play over the next four days aiming to win the title of the 2013 Larry Doyle Orange County Championships tournament.

The annual late-December event is co-hosted by Marina and Edison. Thursday and Friday pool-play games will be held at the Marina gym. The tournament shifts to Edison for games Saturday and placement games next Monday .

"I'm excited about the upcoming Larry Doyle O.C. Championships," Marina Coach Carol Osbrink said. "This year's lineup is very competitive and the tournament promises to showcase some excellent match-ups."

The tournament is named in honor of the former Marina boys' and girls' athletic director who also was game announcer, timer and statistician, at Vikings basketball games. Doyle died of cancer in the spring of 1999.

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Pool A: Orange Lutheran, San Ramon, Marina, Yorba Linda.

Pool B: Clovis, Edison, Aliso Niguel.

Pool C: Redondo Union, Warren, North Torrance.

Tournament Schedule

Thursday (at Marina High)

1:30 p.m.: Orange Lutheran vs. Yorba Linda

3 p.m.: Redondo Union vs. Warren

4:30 p.m.: Aliso Niguel vs. North Torrance

6 p.m.: Clovis vs. Edison

7:30 p.m.: Marina vs. San Ramon

Friday (at Marina High)

1:30 p.m.: Warren vs. North Torrance

3 p.m.: Edison vs. Aliso Niguel

4:30 p.m.: San Ramon vs. Yorba Linda

6 p.m.: Orange Lutheran vs. Marina

7:30 p.m.: Clovis vs. Redondo Union

Saturday (at Edison High)

1:30 p.m.: Marina vs. Yorba Linda

3 p.m.: San Ramon vs. Orange Lutheran

4:30 p.m.: Aliso Niguel vs. Clovis

6 p.m.: North Torrance vs. Redondo Union

7:30 p.m.: Warren vs. Edison

Monday (at Edison High)

1:30 p.m.: Ninth-place game

3 p.m.: Seventh-place game

4:30 p.m.: Fifth-place game

6 p.m.: Third-place game

7:30 p.m.: Championship game

Girls' Basketball

Huntington Beach

The Oilers completed play Saturday at the Arizona Nike Tournament Saturday, and finished in fourth place at the four-day event.

Huntington opened the tournament Dec. 18 and defeated Boulder Creek (Ariz.), 44-25, behind senior guard Paola Roa's 14 points. The Oilers dropped their final two games at the tourney, losing close games to Colorado Castle View (45-41), and Sacramento West Campus (44-41).

The Oilers, tied for No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1A poll, take on Mission Viejo in a first-round game Thursday (7:30 p.m.) at the Costa Mesa Tournament. The tournament continues Friday and Saturday, and concludes Monday.

Boys' Basketball

Edison

The Chargers, in Hawaii for the Maui Invitational, reached the tourney's title game. The score from Monday's final wasn't available at press time.

Edison is ranked No. 8 in CIF Southern Section Division 1A.

Fountain Valley

The Barons were in Orlando, Fla., last week for the KSA Tournament. They finished 2-2 and completed play at the Walt Disney World Sports Complex Saturday by defeating Pennsylvania Fleetwood, 68-49. Senior guard Jordan Venters had a game-high 20 points and senior guard Richard Le had 15 in the win.

"The tournament was a good experience for us, playing teams from Pennsylvania, New York, Florida and Oklahoma," Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. "We are a work in progress, gaining experience with each game."

The Barons, 6-8 overall, have lost four games by a total of 11 points.

Fountain Valley played a nonleague game Tuesday against Westminster. The score wasn't available at press time. The Barons return to play Jan. 6, hosting Segerstrom in a 7 p.m nonleague game.

Marina

The Vikings completed a week of action Saturday at the La Canada Holiday Classic, where they dropped their final game, 55-49, to West Covina South Hills. Junior guard Greg Fronek scored 13 points and senior forward Matt Dispenza and sophomore guard Braden Meyers had nine and eight points, respectively.

Marina (3-7) previously defeated Glendale, 67-57, in tourney action Friday. Fronek hit all five of his three-point shots and finished with 19 points. Junior guard Jeff Feit and senior guard Derek Mallard each scored 10 points.

"I like that we are playing good teams in the preseason," Marina Coach Nick Racklin said. "We are in every game, just giving away one bad quarter, or half of a quarter, and that's it. We have to find ways to close out games and realize how important the little things are to winning.

The Vikings take on Burbank on the opening day Thursday of the Orange Holiday Classic which runs through next Monday.

Ocean View

The Seahawks took fifth place at the Loatella Tournament and capped their tourney run with a 59-53 win Saturday over Anaheim. Senior guard Alex Merdjanian scored 19 points to go with 12 rebounds and went on to be named all-tournament.

Ocean View advanced to the fifth-place game by defeating Westminster La Quinta, 63-40, Friday. Senior guard Evan Bunin poured in 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the win.

"Top to bottom, we are getting better, and it is really showing in our guard play," said Ocean View Coach Tim Walsh whose team improved to 4-5 overall. "Angel Nieves continues to play well, and Alex [Merdjanian] and Evan [Bunin] are learning from their experiences and taking big steps forward."

Ocean View, ranked No. 9 in CIF Southern Section Division 3A, will play in the 24th annual Torrey Pines Holiday Classic, which starts Thursday and runs through Monday. The Seahawks open at 2:15 p.m. Thursday against South Gate.

Brethren Christian

The Warriors came away with a third-place finish at the Loatella Tournament Saturday after turning back co-host Katella, 64-55.

In the finale, sophomore forward Cameron Griffin led the way with 27 points. Senior guard Caleb Keller scored 15 points and junior guard Brandon Bryson had nine points, eight assists, and four steals.

Bryson and junior guard Nate Dang made the all-tournament team.

BC also defeated Anaheim (81-56) and Kennedy (63-44), and suffered its first loss of the season in a 44-37 setback to co-host Loara.

The Warriors, the No. 3 team in CIF Southern Section Division 5A, are 7-1 overall.

"We played extremely good defense over the course of the tournament, but had a small hiccup offensively against Loara," BC Coach Jon Bahnsen said. "It was a good learning experience for myself and the team.

"I think we're playing well heading into next week's tournament in Palm Springs where we will be defending our tournament title."

BC will take on Academy of Academy Excellence at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the opening day of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic which runs through next Monday.

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