Fountain Valley had reason to celebrate in Whittier, not only for keeping its season alive, but for picking up the program’s first playoff win in 10 years. The Barons did so by knocking off host California, 51-31, in a Division 1A game.
“We came out and played solid defense,” first-year Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. “We dominated the boards the entire game and never trailed.”
Sean Myers led the Barons with 15 points and Zach Matar and Tanner Trounce each scored eight points.
“It was great to bring home a playoff win for Fountain Valley for the first time in 10 years,” Holmes said. “The players did a good job controlling the glass and running our stuff. The game was a little sloppy, but we did enough to lead throughout the game and hold off any serious threats.”
Fountain Valley travels to face fourth-ranked and San Gabriel Valley League champion Downey at 7 p.m. Friday.
“We will have to play our best game to keep it close,” Holmes said of the Vikings, who had a first-round bye.
Three other local teams, Edison, Huntington Beach and Ocean View, are moving on in Division 2AA play.
A flu-riddled Edison team -- the Chargers had four starters hit by the bug -- squeaked out a 56-54 victory against visiting Sunny Hills, the No. 3 team from the Freeway League. In addition to getting the win -- which puts the fifth-ranked Sunset League champs in a second-round game at 7 p.m. Friday at No. 12 Simi Valley, co-champion of the Marmonte League -- senior guard Dylan Garrity became the school’s all-time scoring leader. His 32 points puts him at 1,692 for his career and tops the previous record for career points of 1,686, set by Kyle Boswell last year.
Simi Valley advanced Wednesday by defeating Glendale, 61-44.
Huntington Beach also traveled to Whittier on Wednesday to take on Del Rio League co-champion La Serna and came home with a 40-30 win over the Lancers. The 11th-ranked Oilers were only up, 23-21, at the half but held the Lancers to just two third-quarter points and took a 38-23 lead into the fourth quarter.