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Boys' Basketball Roundup: Big-man Ndiaye bounces back for Warriors

Brethren Christian's 7-foot-5 senior center returns from illness with 45 points and 15 rebounds in win over Oxford Academy.

January 30, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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Mamadou Ndiaye sat out game action last week due to illness. On Tuesday, with his health returned, he returned to the Brethren Christian lineup in a big way.

The 7-foot-5 senior center scored a career-high 45 points and secured 15 rebounds, and sophomore guard Brandon Bryson turned in a strong, all-around performance, to help guide the Warriors' boys' basketball team to a 76-55 Academy League victory over host Oxford Academy of Cypress.

Ndiaye didn't suit up Friday when BC took on league foe Sage Hill. Bryson also had been ill early last week, but did see action against the Lightning. Bryson scored six points Tuesday to go along with 11 assists, five steals and four rebounds.

The win kept the Warriors, ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 5-AA, are atop the league standings at 6-0. They hold a one-game lead over second-place St. Margaret's (5-1). The teams square off Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Margaret's.

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"We played well," BC Coach Jon Bahnsen said. "It was a fun game where everyone got involved with different aspects of the game. We're striving to peak at the right time with playoffs only two weeks away. This game will continue us peaking."

Brethren Christian was coming off a 64-53 league win Friday over Sage Hill. The Warriors led by as many as 23 points and were led in scoring by freshman forward Cameron Griffin, who had a game-high 16 points. Senior forward Dakota Warren and junior guard Caleb Keller both scored 11 points and junior guard Nick Dang had 10 points.

"It was a good game to show how strong our team is," Bahnsen said. "Playing without Ndiaye allowed other guys to step up and show our depth as a team."

The Warriors, 17-3 overall, play three games over three days starting with an 8 p.m. game Thursday against Crean Lutheran of Irvine at Ocean View High. They take on Servite at 6:15 p.m. Friday as part of the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High. On Saturday, they return to league play at home against Whitney of Cerritos at 8 p.m. at Liberty Christian School in Huntington Beach.

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The Huntington Beach Oilers made the Sunset League race a wide-open affair after handing leader Fountain Valley its first league loss, 67-52, on Jan. 25 at Huntington. The outcome left the Barons with a one-game lead over the Oilers, Edison and Los Alamitos heading into the week.

Scores from Wednesday's league games weren't available at press time.

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