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Summit too much for Oilers

Huntington Beach falls behind and loses, 68-50, in CIF Division 2AA second round.

February 18, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
(Kent Treptow / Huntington…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Coming into Friday's game with Summit, Huntington Beach Coach Fabian Luna felt his Oilers would be tested by the athleticism of the Skyhawks in the second-round CIF Southern Section Division 2AA boys' basketball game between the teams.

He was right.

It was Huntington, however, which tested Summit early but the Skyhawks switched to a zone defense early in the second quarter and began to take control, then put their quickness and that athleticism on display in the final 16 minutes to storm to a 68-50 victory at Huntington's Elmer Combs Gymnasium.

The visitors from Fontana, the division's sixth-seededeam and champions of the Sunkist League, improved to 23-6 and advance to Tuesday's quarterfinal round.

No. 11-seeded Huntington, the third-place team from the Sunset League, ends its year at 20-9.

The Oilers kept pace early but couldn't solve Summit's zone defense in the second quarter, nor did they have an answer for the Skyhawks' 6-foot-7 senior power forward, Dorian Cason. They also were the victims of several second-half steals and dunks that allowed Summit to break away from a 23-19 halftime lead, to a 50-34 lead after three quarters.

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"We were right there with them in that first quarter but the one thing that has bothered us this year is that when teams have zoned us, it's slowed our offense. That's what happened tonight," Luna said. "We also missed some chip shots and [the Skyhawks] were able to hit some shots in that third quarter and got the momentum going.

"They are quick at the guard position, they have athletic guys on the perimeter and a big guy (Cason) in the middle. A lot of people think they can win it all. After seeing them tonight, I think they can."

Summit led, 10-7, after the first quarter but fell behind when Vincent Oe hit two quick three-point shots to put Huntington into a 15-11 lead. The second three by Oe, a four-year varsity player, gave the Oilers their biggest lead of the night.

That trey also was the final points Huntington would score over the next 2:45. In the meantime, Summit went on a 12-0 tear behind Cason who had a pair of three-point plays during the run which took the Skyhawks from down 15-11, to a 23-15 lead. Huntington's drought finally ended when sophomore Andrew Tenbrink hit two free throws with 1:38 left in the quarter. Oe dropped two more free throws with three seconds left in the half to pull Huntington to within 23-19 at intermission.

Oe led the Oilers with eight points in the half.

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