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Boys' Basketball Roundup: League play takes off

Brethren Christian team to beat in Academy League, as league races begin.

January 09, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Scott Smeltzer…)

To win the 2013 Academy League boys' basketball championship, teams will have to do one thing: knock off Brethren Christian from its perch.

Oxford Academy of Cypress took that first shot of dropping BC from that position, but the host Warriors showed they have no intention of letting go of their grip as they coasted to a 74-49 victory in a league opener for both teams Tuesday at Ocean View High.

Sophomore point guard Brandon Bryson had a triple-double with 10 points, 10 assists, and 11 steals. Senior center Mamadou Ndiaye led BC in scoring with 21 points in only 18 minutes on the court, junior guard Caleb Keller scored 14 points and fellow junior guard Nick Dang added 10 points.

The Warriors, ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division 5-A, improved to 11-3 overall.

"A win to start league is always nice," BC Coach Jon Bahnsen said. "I liked our effort defensively especially in the middle part of the game. We also shot the ball well making eight three-pointers on 17 attempts.

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"We've got a tough rest of the week with two more league games, both on the road."

The Warriors travel for their next two league games. They first take on Crean Lutheran in Irvine at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and play a 7:30 p.m. game Saturday at Whitney in Cerritos.

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When glancing at the opening day schedule of the 2013 Sunset League boys' basketball race, Friday's game between Huntington Beach High and Fountain Valley looked to be the marquee matchup of the three.

The meeting had all the makings of a big game, as both teams had success during nonleague and tournament play. But at opening tip, one key ingredient was missing.

Fountain Valley got the win, comfortably, 72-60, over visiting Huntington. The Barons took the lead for good near the midway point of the first quarter, and steadily pulled away from there. They did so against an Oilers squad hit by the flu bug and that played the game without key starter Harley Ruder.

The Barons (13-4, 1-0) hustled up and down the court from opening tip to final buzzer, created turnovers and hit easy layups. They had four players score in double figures, and led by as many as 23 points.

"We attacked and moved the ball really well," Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. "We rebounded really well and that was a big concern coming into the game, having to go up against their height and athleticism. Our guys, though, were very active."

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