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Ocean View pulls away from Westminster late
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Ocean View shook off a slow start and used a fourth-quarter surge to take a 57-42 victory over Westminster in a Golden West League boys basketball game at Ocean View on Friday night.
Kendall Small had 16 points for Ocean View (17-6, 8-0), scoring half of them in the final quarter as the Seahawks turned a 41-37 edge into the 15-point victory.
"The fourth quarter is Kendall's time," Ocean View coach Tim Walsh said. "He's an extreme competitor. We joke about it a lot at practice when we do drills — next basket wins or a quick 3. He finds a way to compete and get it done. And he's a sophomore, so that's a positive for us."
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Westminster jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first 2:03 as Myron Aiava hit three times from the floor before Small scored from inside.
The Lions (11-12, 5-3) built a 14-5 lead a minute into the second quarter, but Ocean View outscored Westminster, 20-4, over the next 5½ minutes. Dillon Reise scored eight points in the period, including a pair of 3-pointers.
"I thought Dillon did a great job making Myron (Aiava) work down low," Walsh said. "Myron's got a lot of weight on him, a lot of size on him, and he's pretty aggressive down there. ... He did a nice job of doing what we asked him to do tonight, which was bang with the big guy and then hit some shots down here as well."
Ocean View held a 27-23 halftime lead and never trailed again, although a 3-pointer by Paul Pena and Daniel Thompsen's basket from down low pulled the Lions to 29-28 with 6:03 left in the third. The Seahawks held Westminster to one field goal and three free throws in the final quarter.
Reise added 15 points for Ocean View. Pena led the Lions with 16 and Aiava added 14.