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Ocean View rebounds in second half to win
HUNTINGTON BEACH - When most teams hold early-season boys basketball tournaments, it gives them a chance to avoid difficult matchups and pick up easy victories.
No. 10 Ocean View has done the opposite, choosing to go after tough challenges.
The Seahawks had to battle and scrape every minute of the game to defeat Dominguez of Compton, 74-69, on Wednesday in the second round of the Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions at Ocean View High.
The Dons (2-4) led most of the first half behind the strong play of EJ Johnson, and the Seahawks (2-1) were having a tough time rebounding.
With his team down, 33-32 at halftime, Seahawk coach Tim Walsh told his team it was time to make some changes.
"The thing about us this year," Walsh said, "is we create a lot of matchup problems because we have guys that can really shoot it. At the same time, we have problems on the defensive end. We have to put an emphasis on boxing out and rebounding."
That's what the Seahawks did in the second half. They began to get defensive stops and they stepped up their efforts on the boards. The rebounding effort was led by Dillon Reise, who finished with 11 rebounds, nine of which came in the second half.
The Seahawks pulled ahead, 49-45, entering the fourth quarter.
While Reise was dominating the glass, teammate Kendall Small was putting together a game-high 32 points. Small routinely beat his defender off the dribble and elevated over defenders.
With less than three minutes to play and the Dons trailing by one point, Reise scored on an offensive rebound, Small made two free throws, Reise hit a jump shot, and Small made one of two from the line.
That sequence put the Seahawks up by eight points, enough to hold off the Dons for the rest of the game.
"Kendall (Small) does things everyday in practice that truly amaze me, things I can't do in a video game," Walsh said of the sophomore guard. "His teammates really feed off his energy, and he is a joy to coach."
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