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Boys' Basketball: Ocean View nearly rallies in 89-87 loss to St. John Bosco

Seahawks' season comes to an end after heartbreaker in CIF Southern Section Division 3A semifinal game.

February 22, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

BELLFLOWER — It was the type of game Ocean View boys' basketball coach Tim Walsh had hoped he'd get from his team.

An up-tempo, hot-shooting performance: check.

Keep pace with a favored, top-ranked opponent: check.

Fight to the final buzzer: check.

Walsh couldn't have drawn up a better game plan. There was only one thing that eluded Ocean View in a wild and frantic ending: victory.

The No. 4-seeded Seahawks had the top-seeded team in CIF Southern Section Division 3A, St. John Bosco, on the ropes during Friday's semifinal showdown, but they couldn't convert last-second chances and fell in an 89-87 heart-stopper before a standing-room-only crowd at Bosco.

Walsh said Tuesday, following Ocean View's quarterfinal victory over Northwood, he had hoped the Seahawks would give St. John Bosco its first challenge in the postseason. The Braves, after all, had had been on a roll in the playoffs, winning their first three games by no less than 30 points.

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It appeared St. John Bosco (23-6) was on its way to another double-digit victory after it took a 13-point lead, 77-64, with 7:17 left in the game. That's when Ocean View (23-7), which led the Braves for a majority of the first half and early in the second half, began to claw back.

The challenge was on, and the comeback left an impression on Walsh.

"That shows you the character of this team," he said, dejected but proud of his team in defeat. "Our guys never stopped believing. We had so many chances but just couldn't come through at the end. I'm just so, so proud of our kids."

The Seahawks, champions of the Golden West League, still trailed, 86-79, with 3:26 remaining, when they turned to an area of their game where no Seahawks team had ever been as successful: three-point range. Back-to-back three-point baskets by junior guard Jelani Jackson and senior guard Josh Mishler, brought Ocean View to within 86-85 with 2:05 left. On the Braves' next possession, 6-foot-8 power forward Darien Williams missed a layup and Seahawks junior forward Dillon Reise grabbed the rebound.

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