Huntington Beach surges late, beats Ocean View
HUNTINGTON BEACH - For the Huntington Beach boys basketball team, it wasn’t about how it started Monday night, but more about how it finished.
The Oilers rallied to a 79-61 victory over Ocean View in a nonleague game at Ocean View High. They outscored the Seahawks, 28-10, in the all-important fourth period.
Ocean View (13-6) jumped out to a 22-6 lead in the first quarter, but as Huntington Beach coach Fabian Luna said, the Oilers have been accustomed to slow starts this season.
“We’ve been battling these slow starts,” he said. “In the fourth quarter we had to start defending, we couldn’t keep trading baskets.”
Despite the slow start, Luna said he told his players to just stay the course.
“They came out shooting pretty well,” he said “We told them to be patient, it’s a long game and we didn’t get too rattled.”
Luna also said he wanted his team to get its deficit down to six by halftime, and they did exactly that, trailing 42-36 at the break.
Huntington Beach (14-7) and Ocean View played an even third quarter, with the Seahawks taking a 57-51 lead into the fourth.
But that’s where things changed.
Huntington Beach’s defense locked down the Seahawks, holding them without a score for the first five minutes of the final period.
During that stretch, the Oilers went on a 17-0 run capped by 10 consecutive points from Harley Ruder to take a commanding 68-51 lead with just over three minutes to play.
After a first half in which Ruder battled double teams, he was able to find a rhythm in the second half, finishing with 25 points.
“We tried to get (Harley) moving around, coming off of screens (in the second half),” Luna said. “He does a good job of passing out of the post, and keeping (defenses) honest.”
Huntington Beach senior guard Andrew TenBrink led all scorers with 29 points, including 17 of 20 from the free throw line.
Ocean View sophomores Kendall Small and Tyler Burch scored 17 and 15 points, respectively.