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  • Santa Margarita shows why it may belong in the Open Division By STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA – Some teams don’t want to play in the Open Division. Santa Margarita does. The Eagles just might have proved they belong in the elite group of CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoff teams Saturday with a 60-45 win over Etiwanda in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei. Open Division teams will be selecte
    Sat Feb 06, 2016
  • Cage leads Mater Dei again By STEVE FRYER
    MJ Cage had his second of two outstanding back-to-back games in the Nike Extravaganza, scoring 20 points to lead Mater Dei to a 61-53 win over Foothills Christian of El Cajon on Saturday at Mater Dei. Cage, a 6-foot-10 senior who signed with Oregon, scored 22 points Friday when the Monarchs beat Shadow Mountain of Phoenix, Ariz.
    Sat Feb 06, 2016
  • Sonora battles back, grabs share of league lead By ANDREW TURNER
    FULLERTON – Sonora coach Mike Murphy’s boys basketball teams have had a lot of success. The Raiders have won 15 of a possible 26 Freeway League titles in Murphy’s time with the school, including the last three. With experience like that, Sonora didn’t panic when it lost two of its first three league games.
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Los Alamitos' depth too much for Newport Harbor By BOB KEISSER
    NEWPORT BEACH – Los Alamitos got the win Friday night, but the Griffins had to do it Newport Harbor’s way. The Sailors were determined to put a cap on Los Alamitos standout guard Eyassu Worku, and did as good a job as anyone has this season, holding the senior to 19 points and only five field goals, four of them
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Cage stands tall in Mater Dei's victory in Nike Extravaganza By STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA – Mater Dei’s MJ Cage delivered one of his stronger performances of the season in a 79-72 win over Shadow Mountain of Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday night in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei. The 6-
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • San Clemente applies pressure to get what it wants By ZACH CAVANAGH
    SAN CLEMENTE – Not that long ago, San Clemente’s boys basketball team had gone 35 years without a league title. All of a sudden, the Tritons are establishing a legacy in the South Coast League. San Clemente pressured Aliso Niguel from the tip and surged to a 77-64 victory on its home floor Friday to clinch at least a share of
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Esperanza stays calm, collects share of Crestview title By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ANAHEIM – On the surface, fifth-ranked Esperanza is a young team, with just three seniors on the roster. The Aztecs proved again Friday night that looks can be deceiving, as they pulled out a hard-fought 64-57 victory over visiting Villa Park in a Crestview League game. The victory clinched at least a share of the title for
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • All of Friday's basketball stories, photos
    This is the place to find all of OCVarsity's coverage of the boys basketball games Friday night: Poised Sonora comes back in second ha
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Linsky helps Northwood clinch share of PCL title By TIM BURT
    IRVINE – Northwood clinched a share of the Pacific Coast League title with a 52-38 victory over Woodbridge on Friday night at Woodbridge. But the Timberwolves (20-5, 8-0 PCL) still have some unfinished business. “We still got two games left, so we’re trying to go 10-0,” said Northwood 6-foot-7 senior cente
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Capistrano Valley Christian collects victory over rival SVC By MICHAEL AMBROSE
    MISSION VIEJO – Capistrano Valley Christian coach Zach Brogdon was animated on the sideline during his team’s 68-60 victory over San Joaquin League rival Saddleback Valley Christian on Friday at Saddleback College. The Eagles matched their coach’s intensity and it showed on the defensive end, especially in limiti
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Two late blocked shots help Loara turn back Santa Ana By MARK CARLISLE
    SANTA ANA – Loara came from behind to defeat Santa Ana, 42-39, Friday night in a Golden West League boys basketball game at Santa Ana. Down by one point with 6.6 seconds on the clock, Santa Ana (12-12, 4-4) had one chance at a game-winner. It never got off a shot. Loara (12-13, 6-2) stymied the Saints with its defense, blocking two
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Santa Margarita surge isn't enough to catch Mater Dei By STEVE FRYER
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Again, Santa Margarita got close to Mater Dei in the fourth quarter. Again, Mater Dei pulled away to win. Mater Dei went from a 12-point lead to start the fourth quarter to a two-point lead before beating Santa Margarita, 59-51, Wednesday in a Trinity League game at Santa Margarita. The Monarchs, ra
    Wed Feb 03, 2016
  • Tesoro's group effort delivers victory over Trabuco Hills By NATHAN PERCY
    MISSION VIEJO – In order for Tesoro’s boys basketball team to knot up the Sea View League standings, everyone was going to have to do his part. On Wednesday night at Trabuco Hills, Stephen Melanson stepped up late in the fourth quarter, grabbing a pair of offensive rebounds that allowed the Titans to not only cling to
    Wed Feb 03, 2016
  • Villa Park savors victory over No. 7 Foothill By ANDREW TURNER
    VILLA PARK – Smiles reigned supreme on the faces of Villa Park’s boys basketball team at the end of Tuesday’s game against Foothill. The Spartans tasted victory in a league game for the first time since 2014, their first in the Crestview League. Evan Battey had 27 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks to
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • CdM bench comes in handy against Beckman By STEVE FRYER
    Corona del Mar received key contributions from its bench Tuesday in an 87-81 win over Beckman in a Pacific Coast League boys basketball game at Beckman. Sea Kings reserves scored 14 points of the team’s 32 fourth-quarter points. Since Beckman scored 35 points in the quarter, those bench points were crucial. “Chase
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Yorba Linda stays focused, fends off El Dorado By BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    YORBA LINDA -- No longer is Yorba Linda the hunter. With big-game wins this season over 2015 CIF-SS titlists Canyon and Foothill, Mustangs coach Jason Pietsch knows his program isn’t the underdog it was when the team’s current seniors were sophomores, hunting Empire League fav
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hoops: Nike Extravaganza preview from Los Alamitos By STEVE FRYER and JONATHAN KHAMIS
    Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis travel to Los Alamitos to preview the Griffins' tough Sunset League schedule, including Fairfax in the Nike Extravaganza. Also, a preview of Sonora vs. Sunny Hills, Bolsa Grande vs. Garden Grove
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Fryer on basketball: Nike Extravaganza boasts top teams, players By STEVE FRYER
    It’s Nike Extravaganza week. The 21st edition of the two-day event, Friday and Saturday at Mater Dei, again is loaded with state-ranked teams. Eight teams playing in t
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • Boys basketball athlete of the week: Dillon Waikle, San Clemente By STEVE FRYER
    DILLON WAIKLE SAN CLEMENTE He scored 19 points with nine rebounds and four 3-pointers in a South Coast League win over Aliso Niguel and scored 23 points with 10 r
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • Boys basketball O.C. top 10 (2-1-16) By STEVE FRYER
    A poll of Orange County media members (records through Sunday): 1. Mater Dei (20-3 record, 50 poll points) Monarchs have a tough week ahead – at Sa
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • CIF-SS boys basketball polls (2-1-16)
    CIF-SS BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS (Selected by the CIF-SS Boys Basketball Advisory Committee) OPEN DIVISION WATCH LIST Alemany Ayala Bishop Mon
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • Boys scholar-athlete of the week: Shane Taleisnik, Beckman By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    SHANE TALEISNIK BECKMAN BASKETBALL GPA: 4.7 Taleisnik is a senior guard for the Patriots. He’s currently averaging 7.8 points a game and has started every game since his sophomore year. He has a 34 ACT score and has received the Principal’s Exemplary Honor Roll throughout hi
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • Esperanza stays hot, knocks off No. 7 Foothill By KENNY CONNOLLY
    SANTA ANA – If January’s outcomes are any indication of what’s to come, Esperanza could find itself playing championship ball in March. The No. 9 Aztecs went on the road Friday night and knocked off their third consecutive ranked opponent, besting No. 7 Foothill, 69-62, in a Crestview League showdown in front of a livel
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Tesoro survives 2-OT battle with Capistrano Valley By ANDREW TURNER
    MISSION VIEJO – Capistrano Valley and Tesoro have spoiled Sea View League boys basketball fans. Their first meeting was a one-point game, and if it was possible to top that, Friday night’s contest was the one to do it. Chandler White scored 34 points to lead the Titans past the Cougars, 63-60, in a double-overt
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Los Alamitos triumphs in another thriller with Edison By STEVE FRYER
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Pepe Garcia was 0 for 5 on 3-point shots when he got the ball behind the 3-point line in the final minute. “So I was kind of nervous,” Garcia said. With his Los Alamitos team trailing Edison by two points, Garcia caught a kick-out pass from Eyassu Worku. At at a 45-degree angle f
    Fri Jan 29, 2016