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Chargers bounce back against Oilers

After heart-breaking loss two nights earlier, Edison boys' basketball team regroups with impressive win against Huntington Beach.

February 03, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

Edison came into Friday's Sunset League boys' basketball game at Huntington Beach reeling from a tough loss two nights earlier that had knocked the Chargers from second place in the league standings.

A 53-51 setback on its home floor to arch rival Fountain Valley on Wednesday had cost Edison that spot and a loss to Huntington would drop the defending league champions further down the league ladder. The Chargers, however, dug deep and climbed back to stay in second gear. At the same time, they knocked Huntington down a peg.

Edison retained a share of second place by pulling away down the stretch of the fourth quarter to record a 56-47 victory over Huntington. The win, coupled with Fountain Valley's 77-43 rout of Marina Friday, pulled the Chargers into a tie for second with the Barons at 5-3. The teams trail Los Alamitos (7-1), which suffered its first league loss Friday after being shocked, 59-57, by a Newport Harbor team that had just won its first league game on Wednesday.

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The loss was the second of the week for Huntington, which fell Wednesday to Los Alamitos, and sent the Oilers to 4-4 in league.

Edison used an 8-0 run during a three-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter to turn a 40-39 deficit into an advantage it wouldn't relinquish. The Chargers (18-6) then hit nine of 10 foul shots over the final 32.6 seconds, seven by senior guard Corey Foster, to put the game away.

Huntington trailed, 25-23, at the half but took a 36-35 lead on senior guard Blake Skorich's three-point basket with four seconds left in the third quarter. It was the first lead for Huntington since it held a 6-4 advantage early in the first quarter. The Oilers (13-12) took their last lead of the game (40-39) on a free throw by junior forward Harley Ruder with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Senior guard Dreon Barlett scored on a nice high-low play moments later to give Edison, which completed a league sweep of the Oilers, the lead for good.

"It was a great effort by out guys, especially coming off that tough loss a few days ago," Edison Coach Rich Boyce. "We talked about holding our composure at the end and we did. We played hard the whole way through and that effort was the key for us tonight."

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