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Boys' Basketball Roundup: Oilers rule on MLK Day

Huntington Beach rallies and takes control in second half to score victory over city rival Ocean View.

January 23, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
  • Huntington's Harley Ruder drives to the basket for a quick layup through two Ocean View defenders in game action Monday.
Huntington's Harley Ruder drives to the basket… (DON LEACH, HB Independent )

The Huntington Beach High boys' basketball team wiped out a slow start to Monday's MLK Day Challenge game against city rival Ocean View by turning in a stunning finish.

The Oilers faced a large deficit in the early going of their annual January clash with the Seahawks, but stormed back big-time in the fourth quarter and pulled away to a 79-61 nonleague victory at Ocean View.

The turnaround was staggering: Huntington had trailed by 16 points late in the first quarter and was down six points, heading into the final eight minutes. From that point on, though, it was all Oilers.

"I told the kids to be patient and don't get rattled," Huntington Coach Fabian Luna said after Ocean View had opened up a 22-6 lead with 2:37 left in the opening quarter. "We had been trading baskets with them in the first three quarters, but in the fourth quarter we locked down defensively and got to the basket on offense. We knew our advantage was to work from the inside out, and we did that in the fourth quarter."

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The Oilers, ranked No. 11 in CIF Southern Section Division 1-A and now 14-7 overall, trailed, 57-51, going into the fourth quarter. Junior guard Ryan Morrissey hit his third three-pointer of the game just 15 seconds into the quarter and it ignited a 17-0 run that took the Oilers out to a 68-57 lead, with 3:03 left to play.

They led by no fewer than nine points the rest of the way.

Senior guard Andrew TenBrink hit 17 of 20 free throw attempts and led all scorers with 29 points. Senior forward Harley Ruder, who scored 10 straight points during the decisive, 17-0 spurt, poured in 25 points.

Sophomore guards Kendall Small and Tyler Burch scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, for Ocean View (13-6), ranked fourth in Division 3-A.

The win was the second of the season for Huntington against Ocean View. The Oilers had defeated the Seahawks, 61-54, on Dec. 12 at the Westminster Tournament. Ruder scored 32 in that game.

"Harley had a real nice second half," Luna said. "They were doubling on him in the first half, but we were able to work him inside in the second half. This was a game of power versus speed."

The Oilers moved into a tie for second place in the league standings with Edison and Los Alamitos by knocking off Edison, 63-58, Friday. TenBrink again led all scorers with 21 points, Ruder had 19 points and Morrissey added 11 points for Huntington.

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