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Huntington Beach back on track, beats Edison
HUNTINGTON BEACH — The last week and a half wasn't kind to the Huntington Beach boys basketball team.
The Oilers were in contention for the Sunset League title, but they lost three consecutive league games in that span and watched as the door closed on their championship hopes.
Huntington coach Fabian Luna said he wanted his team to use its final league game Thursday night against Edison to gain some momentum heading into the CIF-SS playoffs.
The Oilers did just that as they defeated the Chargers, 67-56, at Edison High.
“We haven’t played that well in the last week and a half,” Luna said. “We had to refocus and get ready for the postseason, and I haven’t seen that energy in a while.”
Andrew TenBrink provided the spark that Huntington Beach (16-10, 5-5) needed. He finished with 25 points and nine rebounds.
TenBrink’s big night was especially important as Oilers big man Harley Ruder was out for much of the game due to foul trouble.
Luna said he expected TenBrink to bounce back against Edison after scoring just seven points in a loss to Los Alamitos on Tuesday.
“It was unlike him,” Luna said of TenBrink’s game against Los Alamitos. “Tonight he did a nice job of stepping up for us.”
Huntington trailed Edison (16-11, 6-4), 29-28, at halftime, but came out in the third quarter and outscored the Chargers, 20-7. to take a 12-point lead into the fourth.
Luna said that he didn’t make any halftime adjustments, but rather focused on sticking to the original game plan.
“It wasn’t really about adjustments,” he said. “It was more about communicating, moving the ball, and having trust in what we were trying to do.”
TenBrink opened the fourth with yet another basket, but Edison sophomore A.J. Garrity came alive, scoring six straight points to get the Chargers back within 10, 52-42, with 6:08 to play.
The Oilers were able to pull away again, and closed out the victory behind eight fourth-quarter points from TenBrink.
Ruder finished with eight points, while Ryan Morrissey added 13.
Garrity finished with 14 points for the Chargers, and fellow sophomore Brae Ivey added 15.
The Chargers finish the regular season tied for second place with Los Alamitos and earned a guaranteed spot in the CIF-SS playoffs, which start next week.