Boys' Basketball Roundup: Edison comes oh so close

Chargers nearly capture Sunset League title, but fall to Los Alamitos, 52-51, in boys' basketball.

February 12, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
  • Edison's AJ Garrity can only watch as players, fans, and coaches from Los Alamitos storm the court after they held on to beat Edison, 52-51.
Edison's AJ Garrity can only watch as players, fans,… (Don Leach, HB Independent )

The Sunset League boys' basketball season is one game away from its completion, but the suspense as to which team will win the league championship is over.

That title belongs to Los Alamitos.

The Griffins (9-0 league) captured a share of the title Friday by holding off host Edison, 52-51. They secured an outright championship Tuesday by rallying from a one-point halftime deficit at Newport Harbor (5-4 league) to down the Sailors, 55-43.

In Sunset matchups Tuesday that featured local teams going head-to-head, Fountain Valley led wire-to-wire in defeating visiting Marina, 65-54, and Edison remained entrenched in second place in the league standings by winning, 59-44, at Huntington Beach.

Senior guard Richard Le hit five three-point shots and scored a game-high 20 points on Senior Night at Fountain Valley as the Barons (9-17, 2-7) concluded their home schedule with a victory. Le was one of five Barons in double figures which included a trio of other seniors, forward Jordan Venters (12 points), guards John Volkert (11 points) and Cory Bitzer (11 points), and sophomore forward Chris Meyer (11 points).


Venters hit a key, turnaround jumper and two free throws, followed by back-to-back three-point shots by Volkert, midway in the fourth quarter, that allowed Fountain Valley to pull out to a 60-49 lead with 3:18 to play after Marina (8-16, 2-7) had closed to within 50-45 on a bank shot by Vikings junior forward Mitchell Barnes.

Sophomore wing Buzz Stafford led Marina in scoring with 17 points and junior guard Greg Fronek Jr. scored 12.

"We've shown steady improvement over the past few weeks and this was a nice way to close out our home schedule," Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. "We found a way to play a little more physically and did a pretty good job rebounding against a bigger team. Volkert's two threes from the corner were huge when [Marina] went to a zone."

Edison, ranked seventh in CIF Southern Section Division 1A, upped its Sunset record to 7-2 and overall mark to 20-5 with its 59-44 win over Huntington. Chargers junior guard Jake Haar canned six three-point shots and led the scoring with 20 points. Junior guard Brae Ivey hit three three-pointers and finished with 15 points, and senior guard Nick Rubio added nine points.

Edison Coach Rich Boyce said his team played "very unselfish team basketball."

"Good performance heading into the playoffs," he said.

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