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.