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Fourth-quarter surge carries Ocean View to victory

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SANTA ANA - The Ocean View-Segerstrom boys basketball box score will matter-of-factly say that Dillon Reise finished with a modest seven points Wednesday night.

What it fails to illustrate, however, is that without six of those points the Golden West League champion Seahawks might not have walked out of Segerstrom High with a 75-51 victory, the Seahawks' 17th in a row, and an unblemished league record.

“Dillon’s points were enormous for us,” Ocean View coach Tim Walsh said. “We’ve had a kind of ‘Who’s it going to be for us tonight?’ mind-set over the last couple weeks and Dillon has been that guy for us.”

With 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, Reise – one of the Seahawks’ key reserves – not only turned a two-possession game into a 12-point game, he ignited the furious 20-3 Ocean View run that followed.

“We have great depth this year,” Walsh said. “We feel like we can go 12 to 13 deep and not lose anything.

“We have kids who have accepted their roles and contribute in any way they can.”

After flirting with a single-digit deficit for much of the third quarter, the Jaguars (12-15, 4-6) opened the fourth with 5-0 run to pull within six.

With Ocean View (23-3, 10-0) clinging to one of its smallest leads of the evening, Reise’s 3-pointers flipped all momentum in the Seahawks favor.

“Dillon’s shots gave us an enormous lift,” Walsh said. “He’s been unbelievable for us these last few weeks.”

Ocean View scored on seven of their next eight possessions to distance themselves from their hosts.

“Last year we were league co-champions, this year we wanted to go undefeated in league.” Walsh said. “We came out with the right mindset and our bench was a huge plus for us tonight.”

Andy Marenca finished with a game-high 26 points for Segerstrom.


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