Plenty on line tonight

League titles and playoff positioning will be up for grabs for many local boys' and girls' basketball teams, as league play comes to a close.

February 09, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Brethren Christian's Bobby Frisch (55), right, shoots the ball as Whitney's Greg Amalu (31) defends during Tuesday's game at Liberty Christian High School.
Brethren Christian's Bobby Frisch (55), right,… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

Today marks the final day of league play — and season for some — for local prep basketball teams. And what happens on the court tonight will determine plenty.

A league championship in the boys' Sunset, Golden West and Academy races is still up for grabs, as are crowns in both the girls' Golden West and Academy leagues. CIF playoff berths also are on the line for several schools.


Boys' Basketball

Brethren Christian: The Warriors maintained a piece of the Academy League lead Tuesday by whipping visiting Whitney, 59-32, on Senior Night at Liberty Christian School in Huntington Beach. Senior Daniel Healy led BC with 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocks. Seniors Bobby Frisch and Alex Debardalaben both had 13 rebounds and Junior Jazwan Hill had 12 points, three assists and three steals.

BC is 23-2 and 8-1 in league heading into tonight's 7:30 finale against host Sage Hill. A win would give the Warriors no worse than a share of the league title. St. Margaret's, also 8-1 in league, needs a win against Crean Lutheran South tonight to also claim no worse than a share of the title.


"Defense will be the key," Bahnsen said of tonight's matchup with Sage Hill. "If we can establish our normal defensive gameplan and intensity, then we should come out on top no matter how our offense is playing. Another factor though will be how we react offensively against Sage's box and 1 or triangle and 2 defenses. When we played them in the first round of league, those defenses gave us trouble, but we have made adjustments and will be ready offensively."

The Warriors were dropped into a tie for the league lead when they suffered a 41-37 setback Friday at St. Margaret's, a contest Bahnsen called a "very ugly, defensive game." BC led the entire game but fell behind in the final two minutes when a three-point shot by St. Margaret's, the first of the night for the Tartans, put the host team into the lead for good. Healy had 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists a two steals. Thomas contributed 11 points and four assists.

Edison: The Chargers were denied clinching the Sunset League championship Tuesday by host Los Alamitos (7-2 league), which took a defensive battle by a 41-40 score. Dreon Barlett scored 16 points and Dylan Garrity added 10 points for Edison (23-2, 7-2), which needs a victory at 7 tonight at Marina to win or share its first Sunset title in six years.

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