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Boys' Basketball Roundup: Chargers strike back

The Edison boys' basketball team takes down Fountain Valley, which had beaten Chargers in first round of league.

February 06, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Scott Smeltzer…)

Turn around was fair play, indeed, in this rivalry game between Edison High and Fountain Valley.

When the teams met in the opening round of the Sunset League boys' basketball race, Fountain Valley scored the final 13 points of the Jan. 16 game to pull out a 63-58 road victory. That win helped solidify the Barons as keepers of first place in the league standings.

Tuesday at Fountain Valley, it was Edison who had the final say, as the Chargers scored the game's final 12 points to wipe out a four-point deficit to emerge with a 57-49 triumph.

The Chargers' win prevented Fountain Valley from clinching an outright league title, and made Thursday's final games of the league and regular season, vital, for three league teams.

The Barons, who already have a share of the Sunset League title in hand, close out the regular season with a home game Thursday against Marina. They hold a one-game lead over both Edison and Los Alamitos, which on Tuesday held off Huntington Beach, 58-52. The Chargers play host to Huntington Thursday, while Los Al plays at home against Newport Harbor.

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All games tip at 7 p.m.

In Tuesday's other Sunset game, Marina was outscored by 12 points in the second half by Newport Harbor and lost, 58-46, to the host Sailors.

Also Tuesday, Brethren Christian repeated as Academy League champion by winning, 58-40, at St. Margaret's.

Fountain Valley took a 49-45 lead on Edison after a jumper by senior guard Josh Armstrong, who led all scorers with 24 points, with 4:13 left to play. Armstrong's shot turned out to be the final points of the game for the Barons who fell to 7-2 in league and 19-6 overall.

Sophomore forward AJ Garrity ignited Edison's 12-0 final run by hitting a floater with 2:40 remaining. Then, sophomore guard Jake Haar delivered a couple of daggers when he hit a pair of three-pointers, from opposite corners, within a 19-second span. The shots, which gave Haar 16 points on the night, put the Chargers (16-10, 6-3 in league) in front for good at 53-49.

Garrity, who led the Chargers with 16 points, sank four free throws in the final 41 seconds to secure the win.

"It was a great basketball game, and that's a great team we beat tonight," Edison Coach Rich Boyce said. "We lost to them that first time, so I guess we owed them one. Jake [Haar], who usually starts, hit those huge shots for us. He was outstanding off the bench.

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