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Boys' Basketball Roundup: Barons bolt to great start

Fountain Valley opens season with 9-1 start in 14-day span and wins Valley Christian Tournament.

December 12, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

After playing 10 games in a 14-day span to start its season, the Fountain Valley High boys' basketball team is on a 10-day hiatus.

The Barons went into the break on a successful note, having gone 9-1 in those 10 games. They ended the run by claiming the Valley Christian Tournament championship Saturday by defeating Santa Clara, 69-67, in the title game.

Fountain Valley began the tournament with wins over Whittier Christian (82-63) and St. Paul (68-53). The Barons then beat host Valley Christian, 60-50, in the semifinals, before edging Santa Clara in the final.

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"We beat a solid Santa Clara team," Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. "They were athletic and could shoot it. Our guys played exceptional team basketball and stayed composed throughout a tough, close game. We made some big shots when we needed it and kept Santa Clara from ever taking control of the game."

In the title game, Josh Armstrong hit four three-pointers and finished with 25 points in addition to registering six rebounds and nine assists. Jackson Gatlin scored 10 points with 14 rebounds and five blocks, Tanner Trounce scored 14 points with eight rebounds, and Danny Chamaa scored 12 points with five rebounds and three assists.

Armstrong, a senior guard, scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds and six blocks, and Gatlin, a 6-foot-7 senior center, had 10 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, in the semifinal win over Valley Christian.

Armstrong was voted MVP of the tournament and Gatlin and senior forward Joey Petersen were named to the all-tournament team.

Fountain Valley returns to play Tuesday for a 6 p.m. nonleague game at Segerstrom.

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Brethren Christian: The Warriors scored a 56-47 win Monday over Garden Grove in a first-round game at the Oxford Academy Tournament. Center Mamadou Ndiaye poured in 30 points for BC which improved to 3-1.

The Warriors completed play Saturday at the Christian Cup tournament in Gilbert, Ariz., and won the consolation championship. They dropped their opener, 78-77, on a last-second three-point shot in overtime to Valley Christian (Ariz.). BC then scored a 50-41 win over Mesilla Valley Christian (New Mexico) and in the consolation final, edged Lynden Christian of Washington, 64-63.

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