Seahawks soar to MLK Day victory

Ocean View has second-quarter blitz that transforms game into insurmountable lead over visiting rival Huntington Beach.

January 16, 2012|By Michael Sciacca

The first quarter of Monday's nonleague boys' basketball game between Ocean View and Huntington Beach gave every indication that a dogfight would ensue the rest of the way.

The teams traded early punches, one taking the lead before the other regained it. A back-and-forth battle seemed imminent.

But then the game switched gears in the second quarter, and by halftime, there was little doubt as to which team would come out victorious.

Ocean View turned a second-quarter blitz into an insurmountable lead. The visiting Seahawks went from a four-point lead after one quarter to a 31-point lead at the half. They went on to register an 82-68 win.


Ocean View, which won its ninth-straight game, scored 38 second-quarter points to overwhelm the Oilers. The Seahawks, ranked second in CIF Southern Section Division 2AA and 15-3 overall, led at the half, 56-25.

"Our defense turned into offense in that first half, and it was beautiful," Ocean View co-head coach Jimmy Harris said. "The energy we get from our defense really drives our offense. But for how well we played in the first half, we really didn't do much in the second half. That was frustrating."

Ocean View and Huntington Beach have played annually on Martin Luther King Day for the past five years. Monday's win by the Seahawks gave them a 3-2 lead in the MLK Day series.

"We love to win this game," Harris said. "It's an in-city rivalry. The kids know each other and the fans know each other, too. It's a great community game and [Huntington Beach Coach Fabian Luna] is awesome and does such a great job with his program."

Huntington held its last lead of the game at 12-10 late in the first quarter. Ocean View closed the quarter on an 8-2 run to take an 18-14 lead. 

The Seahawks continued to run in the second quarter, using two big spurts to turn the game into a rout. The first was an 8-0 run capped by a fade-away shot from inside the key by freshman guard Tyler Burch. The shot put the lead at 34-17 with just over four minutes left in the half. 

The second run was even bigger, a 14-0 burst that took the lead from 37-21, to 51-21. The big sequence came with two minutes left in the half.

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