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Boys' Basketball: Seahawks beat Oilers in annual MLK matchup

January 22, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
  • Ocean View's Zarek Osborne, 14, rolls around Huntington's Nolan Thomspson for a basket during non-league game action at Huntington Beach High School on Monday.
Ocean View's Zarek Osborne, 14, rolls around Huntington's… (Don Leach, HB Independent )

For the past eight years, the Huntington Beach High and Ocean View boys' basketball teams have played on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and, like so many of their preceding games, Monday's nonleague matchup went down to the wire.

This time, it was Ocean View that emerged victorious.

The Seahawks led from the opening possession to the final horn and repeatedly withstood comeback attempts by the Oilers over the game's final 19 minutes, to take a 45-39 victory.

It was the fourth-straight win for Ocean View, which improved to 8-10 overall.

The loss left Huntington 4-15 overall.

"This was a good win for us, and I'm so proud of the way our kids are developing into a team," Ocean View Coach Tim Walsh said. "At times this wasn't the prettiest of games, but our guys kept battling, kept fighting and came out with the win."

Ocean View scored the first five points of the game, led by nine points (15-6) after one quarter, was up by 11 early in the second quarter, and still held a 22-12 lead with 2:54 remaining in the half. That's went Huntington went on a late roll. The Oilers drew to within two at 22-20 when junior guard Zackery Pannell netted three free throws after being fouled on his three-point shot attempt with 1:05 left before the break.

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The Oilers had a chance to tie the score or take the lead in the closing seconds, but missed a shot from three-point range. Ocean View went into half still leading, 22-20.

The Seahawks took their lead to seven points (27-20) on senior guard Angel Nieves' three-point shot one minute into the second half, but Huntington finally was able to tie the score, 29-29, when Pannell scored from beyond the three-point arc off a feed from junior forward Nolan Thompson. The Oilers tied the score one last time (32-32) when junior guard Teddy Bowers knocked down a long-range three with the shot clocking winding down to zero at the 1:04 mark of the third quarter.

It was still a two-point game with Ocean View leading, 41-39, late in the fourth quarter after Huntington junior guard Aikeem Bright scored off a loose ball under the Huntington basket with 1:40 remaining. The Seahawks, though, scored the final four points. In the final minute, Nieves hit a pull-up jumper before junior guard Zarek Osborne came up with a big rebound after the Seahawks missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw situation, and quickly scored on a spin move for a layup with 14 seconds to play.

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