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High School Roundup: League play inches closer

Basketball teams gaining confidence with victories in tournament games before league play begins.

December 26, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

Six local boys' basketball teams took part last weekend in the annual OC North/South Challenge at El Toro High which concluded Saturday.

On the first day of the two-day, 11-game event, Huntington Beach got a win for the South while both Ocean View and Brethren Christian were edged in their games on Friday.

Huntington (7-4) came away with a 72-66 victory over San Clemente. Senior guard Andrew TenBrink and senior forward Harley Ruder tied for game scoring honors with 26 points apiece for the Oilers in a game that was tight to the finish.

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The Oilers are in Florida through Jan. 1 for the KSA Holiday Classic. They begin their Sunset League slate Jan. 4 at Fountain Valley.

In another game that went to the wire, Ocean View was edged by Tesoro, 80-78. The Seahawks trailed, 38-28, at the half, but outscored the Titans by 11 points in the third quarter, to take a 57-56 lead into the final eight minutes.

Junior guard Dillon Reise scored 24 points and had 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks for the Seahawks. Sophomore guard Tyler Burch scored 20 points and had nine rebounds, sophomore guard Kendall Small had 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, and senior guard Josh Mishler had 11 points, six steals and two assists.

Ocean View is in San Diego competing at the 23rd annual Torrey Pines Holiday Classic. The tournament runs through Saturday. The Seahawks begin defense of their Golden West League title on Jan. 9 when they play host to Santa Ana.

Brethren Christian led Capistrano Valley for three quarters, but the Cougars rallied to outscore the Warriors, 22-16, in the fourth quarter, to pull out a 64-59 victory. BC senior center Mamadou Ndiaye led all scorers with 22 points. Freshman forward Cameron Griffin scored 10 points and junior guards Nick Dang and Caleb Keller both scored nine points.

The Warriors currently are playing at the Max Preps Holiday Classic in Palm Desert through Saturday.

The final day of the North/South Challenge Saturday saw Edison hold off Laguna Hills, 50-49, Dana Hills defeat Marina, 56-29, and Aliso Niguel beat Fountain Valley, 79-60.

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