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Fountain Valley back on track

Two days after stunning Edison, Barons are back in Sunset League boys' basketball title picture after defeating Marina.

January 13, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

It's been interesting ride during the past 10 days for the Fountain Valley boys' basketball team.

A week ago at this time, the Barons were reeling from consecutive games where they couldn't find the basket. Their inability to score resulted in back-to-back losses to Westminster and Huntington Beach, the latter in their Sunset League opener. 

But five days after a deflating 49-41 loss to the Oilers, the Barons came up big against rival Edison and knocked off the defending Sunset champs, 59-53. On Friday, they again came up big in the second half to earn a 57-48 road victory at Marina.

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The two wins this week put Fountain Valley, now 13-5 and 2-1 in league, right back in the league race.

"Our guys have done a great job of staying with it after losing to Westminster and Huntington," Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. "We played so poorly and were rally sluggish in both those games, but against Edison and tonight against Marina we started to hit our shots. Hopefully, it's a good sign of things to come."

The Barons went up, 13-9, in the first quarter and increased the lead to 17-9 early in the second quarter before Marina made a run. The Vikings went on a 9-0 tear to take the lead, and then went into the half holding a 22-21 advantage.

"Again, it was a matter of us not making our shots, not rebounding," Holmes said. "They (Marina) did a real good job and the game was played to their style in the first half. In the second half, we scored 36 points, which was more to our style."

Neither the Barons or Vikings were able to take control in the third quarter, which ended with Fountain Valley taking a 35-34 lead into the final eight minutes. The Barons pulled away in the fourth quarter for the second straight game to get the win.

Senior forward Nathan Moss scored a game-high 18 points and collected 11 rebounds and senior guard Sean Meyers scored 15 points for the Barons.

Senior guard JJ James scored 13 points, senior forward Josh Calkin 11 points and junior forward Casey Hayes 10 points for the Vikings who are 1-2 in league and 9-9 overall.

Holmes, in his second year as head coach of his alma mater, is now 3-0 against a Marina program he led as head coach before taking over at Fountain Valley.

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