The Ocean View boys' basketball won another Golden West League championship Feb. 1, crushing Loara, 77-39. Since then, the Seahawks routed league foe Santa Ana and on Saturday scored a 92-80 nonleague victory over Mission Viejo, the No. 2-ranked team in CIF-SS Division 1A, at the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High.
In the win over Santa Ana, senior Cristian Rivera scored 18 of the Seahawks' 32 first-quarter points and went on to finish with a game-high 31 points. The victory put the Seahawks at 9-0 in league.
Ocean View has won or shared a league championship in 14 of the past 15 years.
The Seahawks showed their depth and balance in Saturday's win over Mission Viejo. Senior center Conor Clifford had 26 points and 13 rebounds, junior guard Josh Mishler tallied 14 points with four assists and three steals, senior guard Robby Weaver 14 points, five assists and three steals, Rivera scored 10 points, freshman guard Kendall Small had nine points and three assists and sophomore guard Dillon Reise came off the bench to contribute 12 points.
"Conor was a beast," Ocean View co-Coach Jimmy Harris said.
The win Saturday boosted Ocean View, the top-ranked team in CIF-SS Division 2AA, to 22-3 and put its win streak at 16 games.
"This was a great measure of our team's ability to perform against deep, playoff talent," Harris said of the Mission Viejo win. "We will use it as a preview of what type of challenges we may encounter in the playoffs."
Brethren Christian: The Warriors sewed up their fourth consecutive Academy League title Tuesday by holding off holding off St. Margaret's, 63-60, at Ocean View High. Junior center Mamadou Ndiaye scored a game-high 30 points and added 13 rebounds and four blocked shots for BC (21-5, 9-0 in league).
Previously, BC won at Sage Hill on Friday, 56-42, with Ndiaye getting half the Warriors' point total. Billy Bryson added 12 points.
The Warriors conclude regular-season play at 8 p.m. Thursday against Oxford Academy at Liberty Christian School in Huntington Beach.
Edison: The Chargers remained alone in second place in the Sunset League after scoring a 66-52 win Tuesday at Marina. Senior guards Corey Foster and Dreon Barlett scored 21 points apiece and freshman guard Derek Molina added 10 points for Edison (19-6, 6-3).
Edison previously scored a 56-47 win Friday at Huntington Beach. The first quarter was all about Barlett, who went off in the game's first eight minutes and scored all 16 Edison points. He went on to net 31 points and Foster scored 18 points.
"It was a great effort by our guys, especially coming off that tough loss a few days ago (against Fountain Valley)," Edison Coach Rich Boyce said of the Huntington win. "We played hard the whole way through and that effort was the key for us. Dreon was red-hot. He had a great game."
Edison ends league play Thursday, hosting Los Alamitos at 7 p.m.
Huntington Beach: The Oilers stayed tied with Fountain Valley for third place in the Sunset League standings by staging a second-half rally to get past visiting Newport Harbor, 61-53. Huntington, which trailed, 32-20, at half, received 24 points from senior guard Rory Aldana on Senior Night. Junior forward Harley Ruder had 14 points and nine rebounds and junior forward Andrew Tenbrink had 11 points and six boards.
"The seniors played the entire first quarter and it was a great night for all of them," Oilers Coach Fabian Luna said. "I just want to congratulate and thank all my senior players for what they have brought to our program."
In Friday's 56-47 home loss to Edison, Tenbrink led Huntington with 16 points. Ruder had 11 points and Aldana scored 10.
Huntington (14-12, 5-4) wraps up league play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Marina.
Fountain Valley: The Barons fell from a share of second place in the Sunset League on Tuesday after losing, 62-52, at Los Alamitos. The victory allowed the Griffins (9-1 league) to take the Sunset title. Junior guard Josh Armstrong paced Fountain Valley (16-8, 5-4) with 14 points and junior forward Tanner Trounce and senior forward Nathan Moss scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
"We played solid defense in the second and third quarters, but could not capitalize offensively," Barons Coach Roger Holmes said. "We had a poor shooting night and that cost us against a good team.