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Fountain Valley outlasts Los Al, clinches share of title
LOS ALAMITOS – As the buzzer sounded at the end of a double-overtime thriller between the Fountain Valley and Los Alamitos boys basketball teams, the Griffins' floor was flooded with Barons blue as the student section rushed the floor in celebration.
It took eight extra minutes, but Fountain Valley defeated Los Alamitos, 79-72, on Friday night at Los Alamitos to clinch at least a share of its first Sunset League title since 1995, and it might have put an end to the Griffins' run of nine consecutive Sunset League championships.
Fountain Valley coach Roger Holmes, who has both played and coached in this environment, said his team performed well under the immense pressure.
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"With this kind of game, very physical, very emotional and with a big crowd, I thought we responded well," he said. "That's what happens when you have all seniors on the floor."
The Barons' main senior, Josh Armstrong, was one of those players that Holmes relied on heavily.
"Josh has been sick the last two days, so I wasn't sure what kind of stamina he was going to have," Holmes said.
Armstrong looked just fine, as he finished with 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Jackson Gatlin finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Barons, while Tanner Trounce had 17.
Khalid Washington led the Griffins (15-9, 5-3) with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Wes Mitter added 16.
The Barons (19-5, 7-1) trailed, 55-57, with 28 seconds to play after Mitter hit a 3-pointer. Armstrong got fouled and connected on both free-throw attempts to tie the score.
Armstrong again found himself at the line with 1.6 seconds left in the first overtime and the Barons trailing, 62-61. He sank one of two attempts to send the game into double-overtime.
Fountain Valley opened the second overtime with a 12-0 run to close it out.