Huntington Beach's Harley Ruder tries to put up a shot against Los Alamitos' Eyassu Worku (24) and Khalid Washington (1) during the first half Tuesday.

Los Al wins Sunset battle with Huntington Beach


The Los Alamitos guard tandem did it again.

Khalid Washington scored 24 points and Wes Mitter had 21 for the Griffins in a 58-52 victory over Huntington Beach in a Sunset League game on Tuesday at Huntington Beach High.

Los Alamitos clinched a playoff berth with the victory. The Griffins are 6-3 in the Sunset League. They are tied for second place with Edison, which defeated first-place Fountain Valley (7-2) on Tuesday.

Huntington Beach is in fourth place with a 4-5 league record. As only the top three finishers in the six-team Sunset League receive guaranteed playoff berths, the Oilers can only qualify for the playoffs as an at-large team. They would play in CIF-Southern Section Division 1A; Los Alamitos is a 1AA team.

Washington, a 6-foot-4 junior, was 4 for 4 at the free-throw line in the final eight minutes. Mitter, a 5-11 senior, made two clutch 3-pointers and a pair of free throws in the fourth quarter.

Mitter and Washington have been giving opponents a lot to worry about all season.

"If they focus on me, I'll get the ball to Khalid," Mitter said. "And when he drives, the defense has to honor that and he kicks it out to me."

Huntington Beach had taken its first lead of the game, 45-44, early the fourth quarter on a free throw by Harley Ruder. Mitter, getting one of those kick-out passes from Washington, made a 3-pointer to put Los Alamitos back on top to stay and ignited a 10-0 run.

Ruder had more than half of his team's points. A 6-5 senior, Ruder scored 30 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.

Los Alamitos' Paul Kadletz and Matt Locher made Ruder work for the points, limiting him to nine baskets on 20 shots.

Ryan Morrissey scored 10 points for the Oilers. Andrew TenBrink, generally a dependable scorer for Huntington Beach, had seven points, nine below his average.

Los Alamitos freshman Eyassu Worku scored seven points.

Also in the Sunset League:

Edison 57, Fountain Valley 49: A.J. Garrity scored 19 points and John Hear added 16 for the visiting Chargers (16-10, 6-3). Josh Armstrong scored 24 for the Barons (19-6, 7-2).

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