Seahawks leave Jaguars behind

January 20, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH – The Ocean View team that started out against Segerstrom Friday hardly resembled the one that ended the key Golden West League boys' basketball game.

The Seahawks struggled early but made up for it by finishing with a flurry and routed the Jaguars, 96-58, at Ocean View.

Ocean View outscored Segerstrom 56-21, over the second and third quarters, to storm to a commanding lead. Friday's win completed a perfect first half of league play for the Seahawks, ranked second in CIF Southern Section Division 2AA. They are alone in first place at 5-0. They also won their 11th straight game to run their record to 17-3.


Segerstrom, which would have moved into a tie for first place had it defeated Ocean View, slipped to 3-2 in league.

Last year, Ocean View rallied late in the league season to forge a three-way tie for the GWL title with Segerstrom and Loara.

The Seahawks rolled past Loara, 74-33, a week ago.

Friday's game somewhat resembled Ocean View's victory earlier in the week over Huntington Beach. As in that 82-68 nonleague win at Huntington on Monday, the Seahawks struggled early against Segerstrom, but came up with a big second quarter to take control. They held leads of 14-6 and 16-9 in the first quarter but the Jaguars ended the quarter on a 14-3 run to take a 21-19 lead.

"We were frustrated with the way we came out," Ocean View co-head coach Tim Walsh said. "We weren't on the same page, at all. We wanted to establish [seven-foot center Conor Clifford] inside early in the game. We did that for a while but sometimes when we try to do that, we get stagnant on offense. That's what happened to us in that first quarter – we got stagnant."

Although Clifford did score 10 points in the opening quarter, he did pick up two fouls and sat out the second quarter. The Seahawks, however, were able to find their offensive flow midway through the quarter.

The score was tied, 27-27, but a pair of free throws by senior forward/guard Cristian Rivera with 5:18 left in the quarter, gave Ocean View the lead for good (29-27). The free throws started a quick, 7-0 spurt that turned into a 16-2 run to end the half. It put the Seahawks in front at intermission, 47-31.

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