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Warriors have plenty to smile about after Hawaiian trip

Brethren Christian boys' basketball team captures title at World Youth Basketball Tournament.

January 05, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

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.

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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.

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