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League season is just around the corner

High School Basketball

After successful runs in nonleague and tournament play, area basketball teams poised to make league championship runs.

January 04, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

The holiday break is over and for the most part, so is nonleague play in boys' and girls' basketball. This week, league races started to unfold.

Brethren Christian got a start on the other local teams by beginning Academy League play Wednesday. The Edison, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Marina girls' teams all launch their Sunset League schedules Thursday and the boys' league title chase begins Friday. Also on Friday, the Ocean View boys' team opens Golden West League play and the Ocean View girls' team makes its league debut Tuesday.

"League is as wide open as I can remember," said Edison boys' Coach Rich Boyce, whose Chargers are defending Sunset champions. "Every team is playing well and has a shot."

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Fountain Valley boys' Coach Roger Holmes agreed.

"This year, more than any other in recent memory, the teams are incredibly balanced. Every team in league can win on a given night and you have to be physically and mentally ready to play 10 close games. It is going to be a tight race all the way through."

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Boys' Basketball

Brethren Christian: The Warriors reached the championship game of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic (Small Schools Division) last week, where they fell, 65-58, to LACES (Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies). BC won its three previous tournament games over Desert Chapel (78-28), Joshua Springs (71-49) and Desert Mirage (65-49). Junior post Mamadou Ndiaye and senior guard Billy Bryson of BC were named to the all-tournament team.

The Warriors opened Academy League play on Wednesday and play their next league game at 8 p.m. Saturday at Crean Lutheran in Irvine.

BC, which was 11-5 entering Wednesday's league opener at Whitney, has won three straight league titles.

"We played a tough and challenging nonleague schedule, which should have us very prepared for Academy League play," BC Coach Jon Bahnsen said. "I think our chances are good to repeat for a fourth straight year as league champs. It will come down to continuing to play good defense and also staying healthy."

Edison: The Chargers won their second tournament of the season Friday by defeating Moorpark, 56-50, in the final of the MaxPreps Invitational at Cathedral City. Senior guards Dreon Barlett and Corey Foster scored 52 of the Chargers' points, with Barlett hitting six three-pointers en route to a game-high 30 points. Foster scored 22 and went on to be named tournament MVP.

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