No boys' teams left

All five area boys' basketball teams eliminated in CIF playoffs, including Edison and Brethren Christian in quarterfinals.

February 23, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Huntington Beach's Jordan Reise shoots against Summit during Friday's CIF playoff game at Huntington Beach High School.
Huntington Beach's Jordan Reise shoots against… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

Edison and Brethren Christian, the remaining two local prep boys' basketball teams to enter the week still alive in postseason play, are standing no more.

In quarterfinal-round play of the CIF Southern Section playoffs Tuesday, both the Chargers and Warriors, who enjoyed highly successful seasons, suffered season-ending defeats.

Fifth-ranked Edison traveled to Compton to face the Moore League co-champion and fourth-ranked Tartars and lost, 73-57, in a Division 2AA game. Sixth-ranked Brethren Christian was on the road in Van Nuys and fell, 70-48, to the fourth-ranked Montclair Prep Mounties in Division 5A action.

Compton got the upper hand on Edison in the second quarter of their showdown, where the Tartars outscored the Chargers, 28-5, to wipe out a 14-8 first-quarter deficit. Senior guard Dylan Garrity, Edison's all-time career scoring leader, netted a game-high 25 points in his final game. Junior Dreon Barlett contributed 16 points.

Garrity ends his Edison career as the program's all-time leader in points, assists and games played.


Edison, co-champion with Los Alamitos of the Sunset League, ends a great campaign at 26-3. The 26 wins is a school single-season record, Edison Coach Rich Boyce said.

Boyce called Tuesday a "tough loss," adding that Compton was "too athletic and they shot lights out."

"We played hard to the end," he said. "Very proud of the effort of the players, especially when they were picked to finish third in league and maybe win 15 games."

The Chargers advanced to the quarterfinals by going on the road Friday to Simi Valley, where they defeated the 12th-ranked Pioneers for a second time this season. They scored a 53-43 over the Marmonte League co-champions. Barlett and senior guard Kris Wolfe each scored a game-high 16 points.

A flu-riddled Edison team — the Chargers had four starters hit by the bug— began its postseason run Feb. 16 by squeaking out a 56-54 victory over visiting Sunny Hills, the No. 3 team from the Freeway League. The big news coming out of the win for the Chargers was the team setting the school record for wins in a single-season and Garrity becoming the school's all-time scoring leader. His 32 points for the game gave him 1,692 for his career and topped the previous record for career points (1,686) set last year by Kyle Boswell.

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