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OV opens tourney with rout

Boys' Basketball

December 07, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH – The first full week in December traditionally has been the week that the Ocean View High boys' basketball tournament gets underway. Such was the case Tuesday but the annual event, which has drawn some of the top prep teams, had a new look and feel to it.

For starters, the tournament, formerly known as the Tournament of Champions, has been christened the Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions, in honor of late-Ocean View head coach Jim Harris who died near the end of October after a brief battle with cancer. His presence was definitely missed, but he'd be proud of what the Seahawks accomplished on the court.

Ocean View routed the Manual Arts of Los Angeles, 90-48, in the first game of the tournament. The Seahawks ran out to a quick lead and never let up on the Toilers.

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Jimmy Harris, who served as co-head coach with his father and now shares the same role with Tim Walsh, was pleased with his team's overall effort. Harris and Walsh were able to insert their entire lineup into the action and the game used a running clock in the fourth quarter.

"It was a good start," he said of opening night of the tournament. "We expected to serve up a game plan to prepare for an athletic team (Manual Arts), and they were athletic, but our guys played well right from the beginning. Conor [Clifford] really kick-started us. He played pretty well."

Ocean View bolted to a 16-6 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Seahawks went on to score the final seven points of the quarter starting with a steal and lay-up by freshman guard Kendall Small. Senior guard Cristian Rivera hit a three-point shot and senior guard Eric Belgen scored on a soft hook from inside the key, to take the score to 29-12. Clifford, the Seahawks' seven-foot center, scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the quarter.

The lead grew to 20 points (32-12) on two free throws by senior guard Matt Aldanese in the first minute of the second quarter. The biggest lead of the half was 22 points, first coming at 43-21 on a pair of free throws by Clifford and the last time at 49-27 after senior guard Robby Weaver weaved his way through the key for a lay-up just before intermission.

Although the Seahawks were in complete control, Harris saw room for improvement.

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