Huntington Beach gets settled, tops Edison
HUNTINGTON BEACH – The Huntington Beach offense could hardly get set in the first quarter of Friday night's Sunset League boys basketball game against Edison, scoring just one basket.
The Oilers eventually settled down and rallied to beat the Chargers, 63-58, at Huntington Beach High.
The inside-out combination of guard Andrew TenBrink and forward Harley Ruder keyed the Oilers' victory.
TenBrink led all scorers with 21 points and Ruder added 19.
"Those are your two guys you want to put the ball in their hands and try to make plays happen," Huntington Beach coach Fabian Luna said.
Edison, which has lost consecutive league games after starting 3-0, got 14 points from Derek Molina and 13 from Brae Ivey.
The Oilers (13-7, 3-2) led by 13 late in the third quarter, but the Chargers refused to go away, fighting to within one possession down the stretch.
Molina buried a 3-pointer from the left corner with 44 seconds to play, drawing the Chargers (13-9, 3-2) to 56-55.
But Ryan Morrissey immediately responded, hitting a corner 3-pointer of his own.
TenBrink made all four of his free throws in the final 15 seconds to secure the narrow victory.
The first quarter went just about as badly as it could have for Huntington Beach.
The Oilers turned over the ball on their first six possessions and did not get off a field-goal attempt until the 4:25 mark.
Edison took advantage of Huntington Beach's slow start, building an 11-4 lead after one quarter.
Huntington Beach began to close the gap in the second quarter and led briefly before going to halftime tied 22-22.
"In the beginning we were just kind of panicked, in a hurry," TenBrink said. "Once we slowed things down, kind of ran our stuff, played our game, then everything kind of worked itself out."