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League wackiness continues

One thing Sunset League boys' basketball race isn't is predictable, as Fountain Valley's victory over Huntington Beach is latest upset.

January 19, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Huntington Beach's Jordan Reise (13), left, and Fountain Valley's Tanner Trounce (21) fight for a rebound during Friday's game at Huntington Beach High.
Huntington Beach's Jordan Reise (13), left, and… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

The Sunset League boys' basketball race is turning into what several of the league's coaches felt it would become: a real dog fight. And as of this week, it's still anybody's title to take.

There's still plenty of basketball to be played, but as has been the case in the first two weeks of the league season, home hasn't proved to be a safe haven for a few teams.

After three games, four teams were tied for first place at 2-1. The most surprising is Fountain Valley, which after a Jan. 7 loss at Edison has won two straight to move into a share of the league lead with Edison, Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos.

The first half of league play comes to an end Friday.

Fountain Valley moved into that tie and picked up an important league win Friday by going to Huntington Beach and handing the Oilers their first league loss, 50-49. The Barons escaped with the win only after the Oilers missed two free throw attempts with 2.9 seconds remaining.

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Fountain Valley's triumph came just two nights after Huntington had delivered Edison its first league loss and first setback of the season. The Oilers had opened their league season Jan. 7 with a two-point win at defending league champ Los Alamitos.

"Every game in this league is a 'can-win, can-lose' type of thing," Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. "Huntington has done a great job of pulling out those first two close ones. We were fortunate to get this one, especially on the road. They are very good and I was proud of our guys in hanging tough all game and being in it at the end."

Fountain Valley came from behind in the fourth quarter to get the win, thanks to a pair of three-point shots down the stretch by junior guard Sean Myers that took the Barons from down three to up by three.

Myers' two big buckets led to an 11-point night for Myers, who also had eight assists. Zach Matar led the Barons in scoring with 15 points, to go with seven rebounds. Judd Chamaa scored his nine points on a trio of three-point shots and Tanner Trounce had seven points, to go along with a team-high nine rebounds.

Jordan Reise had a game-high 18 points, Dirk Cason scored 12 and Andrew Tenbrink 10 for Huntington.

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