Basketball Roundup: Brethren starts out hot

Brethren Christian opens with four straight wins and captures tournament title at Calvary Baptist Cougar Classic.

December 18, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

In its first full week of its 2013-14 season, the Brethren Christian High boys' basketball team went undefeated and in the process won the first tournament it has entered.

The Warriors, ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division 5AA, won the Calvary Baptist Cougar Classic by defeating Desert Christian, 67-56, in Saturday's championship game in La Verne.

Brethren Christian wasn't the only local team to take a tournament title last weekend. On the girls' court, Huntington Beach won the Fountain Valley Hoop Challenge, and Ocean View won its division at its own Hawk Holiday Classic. Additionally in boys' basketball, Edison won the consolation title at the Corona del Mar Tournament.

Sophomore forward Cameron Griffin scored a game-high 23 points in the Cougar Classic finale and went on to be named tournament MVP after Brethren Christian's win over Desert Chapel. Senior guard Caleb Keller had 13 points, and junior guard Brandon Bryson contributed 12 assists and nine steals in the title game.


Keller and junior forward Guy Demazeliere made the all-tournament team.

BC ended its first week of the season with a 4-0 record.

"We started our season off well by winning the tournament," BC Coach Jon Bahnsen said. "Our defense was solid the whole week and we got balanced contributions from different players offensively throughout the four games."

The Warriors entered their second tournament of the season, the Loatella Tournament, Tuesday, and overpowered Anaheim, 81-56, at Loara High. Keller scored 21 points and had nine rebounds, and junior guard Nate Dang came off the bench to hit three three-point shots and finish with 14 points.

"We played extremely well offensively, shooting 55% from the field and 48% from three-point range," Bahnsen said. "We also shared the ball well with 19 assists coming from eight different players."

BC continues pool play at the Loatella Tournament at 5 p.m. Friday, taking on Kennedy. The tournament concludes Saturday.

•Huntington Beach won the Hoop Challenge crown Saturday at Fountain Valley High by defeating La Jolla Country Day, 44-35, in girls' basketball action. Senior guard Stephanie Louie hit three three-point shots and led the Oilers with 13 points and freshman forward Frankie Wade-Sanchez scored 12 points.

Country Day was ranked No. 2 in the CIF San Diego Section.

Huntington started the season tied with Canyon Country Canyon at No. 4 in the Division 1A preseason poll.

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