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Boys' Basketball: Edison moves on, Warriors finished

Chargers earn strong second-round win at Oxnard, will play at home Friday against Temecula Valley. BC eliminated.

February 26, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach, HB Independent )

For the second time in four years, the Edison High Chargers are headed to the Elite Eight of the CIF Southern Section boys' basketball playoffs.

For the Brethren Christian Warriors, their postseason run again ended in the quarterfinals.

Edison made reservations late-Tuesday in Oxnard for Friday's Division 1A quarterfinal. The Chargers went north to take on No. 11-seeded Oxnard in a second-round game, and came away with a 44-35 victory to keep their division title hopes alive.

Tuesday's win sends sixth-seeded Edison, the No. 2 team from the Sunset League, on to a Friday matchup with No. 3-seeded Temecula Valley. The Chargers (23-5) will play host to the Golden Bears at 7 p.m.

In a low-scoring game, Edison overcame a 14-12 deficit at Oxnard by outscoring the Yellowjackets (Pacific View League No. 2), 32-21, in the second half.

Junior guard Derek Molina scored a game-high 13 points for Edison. Junior guard AJ Garrity scored 11 points and junior guards Brae Ivey and Jake Haar had nine points each.

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"We gutted out the win in a hostile environment," Edison Coach Rich Boyce said.

The Chargers started the postseason Friday and defeated visiting Rialto (San Andreas League No. 3). Haar hit five three-point shots en route to a game-high 23 points, and Garrity had 14 points.

Edison next faces a Temecula Valley team that on Tuesday advanced following a 68-53 win over No. 14-seed Capistrano Valley (South Coast League No. 3).

The Golden Bears are 25-4 overall.

"They are a very talented, athletic, and well-coached," Boyce said. "It will be a great challenge."

Friday's winner advances to a semifinal game on Tuesday against either No. 2-seed Mission Hills Alemany or No. 7-seed Villa Park.

Brethren Christian's outstanding season came to a halt Tuesday during a Division 5AA quarterfinal game in Santa Monica. The third-seeded Warriors staged a big, fourth-quarter rally to catch No. 11-seed Pacifica Christian, but couldn't get over the hump and fell, 67-64, at St. Bernard High. The Warriors were down 13 points with six minutes remaining but fought back to twice tie the score in the final two minutes, the final time, with 30 seconds left to play. The Seawolves scored the winning basket on a three-point shot with eight seconds left.

The Warriors were unable to get off a last-second shot attempt.

Sophomore forward Cameron Griffin led BC in scoring with 20 points. Junior guard Brandon Bryson scored 16 points and senior guard had Caleb Keller 14 points.

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