Boys' Basketball: Sage Hill falls to Warriors with no Ndiaye

Lightning can't keep up with Brethren Christian, which earns a 64-53 league win Friday night.

January 26, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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HUNTINGTON BEACH — All week long at practice, the Sage Hill School boys' basketball team had worked on a game-plan that had to do with stopping, well, attempting to contain, perhaps, Brethren Christian's Mamadou Ndiaye.

When the Lightning arrived Friday at Ocean View High for their Academy League encounter with the Warriors, it was then that Coach Jeff Beeler learned that BC's star 7-foot-5 center didn't suit up for the game. The UC Irvine signee, he was told, was out with the flu.

Ndiaye, who is averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds a game, hadn't practiced all week due to illness, Brethren Christian Coach Jon Bahnsen said. Also sophomore guard Brandon Bryson, who is the court leader for the Warriors, also had been ill all week but did play in the game.

"I had heard that he [Ndiaye] wasn't playing only when we got to the gym," Beeler said. "We had four days of practice, working on ways to guard him . It does alter your game plan, somewhat."


Sage Hill stayed with Brethren Christian early but dry spells in three different quarters led to the Lightning's demise. The league-leading Warriors, ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 5-AA, came away with a 64-53 victory as both teams completed the first round of league play.

The Lightning, who dropped their third consecutive league game in falling to 2-3 in league and 9-11 overall, trailed by 23 points (54-31), with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter. They came back, however, with a spirited run that resulted in 13-straight points, and it trimmed the Warriors' lead to 54-44, with 6:02 left in the game.

The comeback started with back-to-back three-point shots by guard Eric Zhang to close out the third quarter, included a three-point shot by guard Mario Nark, his only points of the game, and ended when a steal by guard Harrison Ray led to a driving layup by guard C.J. McCord. But over the course of the next four minutes, the Lightning went without a basket.

Before guard Krishan Tarsadia scored on a jumper with 2:01 left, Brethren Christian had gone on a 10-0 run to build the lead back up to 20, 64-44. A free throw by Tarsadia and two foul shots by forward Parker Reposa, preceded Tarsadia's basket. Two layups by McCord in the final minute closed out the scoring.

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