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Ocean View takes care of Redondo Union

February 17, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
(Kevin Chang / HBI )

HUNTINGTON BEACH – In the days leading up to the start of the boys' basketball playoffs, Ocean View co-head coach Tim Walsh was a bit wary of his team's first-round opponent.

The Seahawks, the top seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs, drew a Redondo Union squad that, on paper, looked anything but threatening. At just 10-16, these Sea Hawks from the South Bay figured to be a push over. Walsh, however, knew better. It was a team, he said, that had defeated Edison and gave highly-regarded Crespi all it could handle during the regular season.

After 32 minutes of action Friday, Walsh still stood by his original thought.

"I really believe that they are better than the No. 32-seed in this tournament," he said, moments after Ocean View had wrapped up a 69-51 home victory that sent the Seahawks onto Tuesday's second round. "They are a well-coached team, they run good stuff and they made us work. This game is what I expected it to be."

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Ocean View, which padded its win streak to 18 games and ran its record to 24-3, trailed just once in the game, and that deficit came in the first minute of play. The Seahawks steadily built their lead to double-digits by the end of the opening quarter and maintained that cushion the remainder of the game.

The Seahawks advance to face Thousand Oaks which won on the road at Mark Keppel on Friday. The second-round game is 7 p.m. next Tuesday at Thousand Oaks.

Redondo did make a few charges in the second half after Ocean View twice built the lead to 19 points in the third quarter. Redondo trailed, 50-34, heading into the fourth quarter and was down 15 (54-39) two minutes into the quarter, when it made what turned out to be its final move. Ocean View's Robby Weaver was called for both a personal and technical foul on the same play against Redondo's Derek Biale. His team's leading scorer, Biale hit both technical foul shots and the Sea Hawks got two more points on the same possession when Jordan Ichiyama also made two free throws. The four-point swing pulled Redondo to within 10, 56-46. The Sea Hawks again were within 10 at 58-48, with four minutes remaining.

Then, the momentum, and game, swung back Ocean View's way moments later. For good.

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