Ivey makes sure Edison holds off Los Alamitos
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Sophomore Brae Ivey scored 25 points, including seven at the free throw line in the last two minutes, as Edison held off Los Alamitos, 67-62, in a Sunset League boys basketball game at Edison on Wednesday night.
The Chargers (12-7, 2-0) closed the first half on an 11-1 run to take a 31-21 lead at the break, and stretched it to 45-26 midway through the third quarter before Los Alamitos scored the last nine points of the period.
“We’ve never played a game (against Los Alamitos) where anybody got away from each other, they always battle,” said Edison coach Rich Boyce. “We made that big run to start the third…and I just said, ‘They will keep battling.’ ”
The Chargers opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run, including an Ivey 3-pointer, but went nearly 5 ½ minutes without a field goal as the Griffins were able to cut into the 52-35 lead.
Wes Mitter, who led Los Alamitos with 21 points, had a 3-pointer, assisted on a Kahalid Washington 3-pointer and made six free throws during a two-minute stretch that saw the Chargers held to four free throws, and their lead reduced to 56-47.
Ivey scored seven points from the line while Brodie Barton had a free throw and a layup off a steal in the last 2:12, but Los Alamitos got as close as 66-62 with 8.9 seconds left when Mitter capped a 10-3 run with a 3-pointer.
Boyce said Ivey’s play down the stretch was important for the Chargers.
“Brae was the man out there, he controlled the tempo. He made a couple of turnovers, but that is to be expected, he handles the ball so much,” Boyce said. “He made the right decision at the right time, got the ball to the right guys, and I think that’s find of what won it for us in the end.”
Derek Molina had 16 points for Edison. Washington added 16 points and James Noble scored 14 for Los Alamitos (10-7, 1-1).
In the Golden West League:
Westminster 52, Orange 42: Myron Aiava scored 29 of his career-high 36 points in the second half to lead the host Lions (7-9, 1-0) to a comeback victory.
Orange (3-13, 0-1) scored the first eight points and led, 18-5, in the second quarter.
Aiava's drive and foul shot with 5:53 left in the fourth gave Westminster the lead for good, 38-37. The senior also had 10 rebounds and four blocks.