Seahawks capture share of league title

Ocean View knocks off Loara, 81-57, to win Golden West League title with Loara and Segerstrom.

February 11, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,

HUNTINGTON BEACH — When the week began, the Ocean View High boys' basketball team needed a couple of things to happen if another Golden West League championship was to come its way.

The first thing was out of the Seahawks' hands and strictly based on hope. The second was within their control but hinged on the first thing happening.

Early Friday night, Ocean View had it both ways.

The Seahawks earned a share of the Golden West title by knocking off Loara, quite easily, too, 81-57, at the Ocean View gym. The outcome left Ocean View, Loara and Segerstrom in a three-way tie for the championship. The three teams all end league play with an 8-2 record. Tim Walsh, athletic director and associate head varsity basketball coach at Ocean View, said after the game that a coin flip had previously been held to determine the teams' league seedings for the CIF playoffs, should a three-way tie occur. Walsh said that both Ocean View and Segerstrom — who are in different CIF divisions — will each have a No. 1-seed from the league and Loara is the No. 2 seed.


"It couldn't have gone any better," said Ocean View senior guard Billy Keller who netted an impressive game-high 35 points, a career high, he said. "It feels amazing to end the week with part of a league championship. We needed some things to happen to get there, and they did. It feels amazing and God has blessed me with a great season."

Segerstrom could have won the league title outright if the Jaguars won Wednesday at Loara. They didn't. A 49-44 victory by the Saxons instead gave Loara a game lead on Segerstrom but at the same time, gave life to Ocean View's aspirations of winning a seventh-consecutive championship.

"It's been a wild few days," Ocean View co-head coach Jimmy Harris said. "We're thrilled to be part of another championship. The kids played really well.

"Strategy-wise, our goal was to keep the ball out of (Jo Jo) Trinidad's hands. I thought we did a really nice job for the most part, of doing that. We played focused and pressured him in that second quarter. We played really intense defense for a long stretch."

The Seahawks and Saxons traded holding the lead in the first quarter which ended with the score tied at 15-15. It was tied one final time (17-17) when Loara's Howard Gauta hit a pair of free throws 42 seconds into the second quarter but from then on, it was all Ocean View.

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