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Los Al escapes with slim victory over Edison

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LOS ALAMITOS – There weren't many opportunities for Los Alamitos or Edison to relax during Wednesday night's Sunset League boys basketball game.

For the Griffins, that moment finally arrived when time expired.

With Los Alamitos leading by two pints, Edison had the ball with 10.5 seconds left. After a foul and a timeout, the Chargers went to work with 4.5 left. Brodie Barton's jumper from inside the free-throw line was off the mark, affording the Griffins a 56-54 victory.

"They fought hard," Los Alamitos guard Khalid Washington said of Edison. "We had to keep pushing and keep playing and that's what we did."

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See photos from this game: Hot Shots Overtime

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Paul Kadletz put Los Alamitos (16-8, 5-2) ahead, 56-54, with a basket from inside the paint with 24 seconds remaining.

Los Alamitos led 42-35 going into the fourth, but the Chargers proved Washington correct and started to fight back. At the start of the period, Derek Molina scored eight points to cut the Griffins' lead to 44-43.

Later, after a three-point play by Wes Mitter, Los Alamitos led 54-51 with 1:18 left. On the next Edison possession, Brae Ivey banked in a 3-pointer to tie the game at 54-54.

The Chargers (14-10, 4-3) led 26-22 at halftime, but the third period proved to be the undoing. Los Alamitos made eight of 15 field goals (53.3 percent) in the third period, outscoring Edison 20-9 in the period.

"We hadn't really been sticking to our assignments defensively," Los Alamitos coach Eddie Courtemache said. "But I thought in the third, we got some steals and got them in some positions where we could take advantage and we got easy lay-ups off of it."

The Chargers had won the first meeting between the teams, 67-62, on Jan. 9.

Washington led Los Alamitos with 15 points. Ivey also scored 15 for Edison.

The Griffins will be host to first-place Fountain Valley on Friday night. Edison will be host to  Marina.

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com

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