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Oilers score big win over Barons

January 27, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

FOUNTAIN VALLEY – It was the ability to pay attention to the details that earned the Huntington Beach boys' basketball team a key, Sunset League road victory Friday.

Huntington went to Fountain Valley for a game that would drop one team from a share of second place in the league standings. Leading from start to finish, the Oilers maintained their share of second with Edison after scoring a comfortable 56-38 win. The outcome put the Oilers at 4-2 in league and 13-10 overall.

Fountain Valley slipped to 3-3 in league and is 14-7 overall.

Huntington Coach Fabian Luna thought that his squad's ability to work as a team would determine whether or not the Oilers would be successful.

"I thought our kids played really well," said Luna who collected his 101st career win at Huntington. "I told them not to worry about who takes the credit. What was more important was that we work together as a team. That would be the key for us. Our guys paid attention to the little things and that made all the difference tonight.

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"We also played to our strengths which was to contain the ball and tag their shooters on defense, and make plays off the dribble. I was real happy with this win."

Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes had no explanation as to why his team performed so poorly – and for the second time this season against the Oilers.

The Barons shot dismally from the field and free-throw line in the first league meeting between the teams earlier this month, making only 15 of 56 shots from the floor and four of 14 attempts from the foul line in a 49-41 loss on Jan. 6. The 41 points were a season low for the Barons.

On Friday, they struggled even more. They were just 12 of 55 from the field and scored a new season low.

Their free-throw shooting (nine of 14) was the only thing that had improved slightly.

"I can't figure it out," said Holmes who perhaps got a precursor of what was to come Friday after saying his team had a "horrible" practice on Thursday. "We came out flat, didn't hit our shots and lost our confidence early and didn't recover. We were just not there tonight.

"We've had a habit this year of falling behind early in league games. We trailed Edison, 13-0, and were down, 21-9, to [Los Alamitos]. The first time we played Huntington, we got down pretty big in that game, too. It happened again tonight."

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