Ruder, Huntington Beach too much for Ocean View
WESTMINSTER – Coming into Wednesday night’s game, both teams knew there would be a mismatch in the post with Huntington Beach’s Harley Ruder going against an Ocean View team that doesn’t have "a typical post player," according to Cach Tim Walsh.
Ruder took advantage, scoring a game-high 32 points and leading the Oilers to a 61-54 victory in the Charlie Wilkins Memorial Tournament at Westminster High.
“We were fortunate tonight we had a good matchup there and we just tried to expose it as much as we could,” Huntington Beach coach Fabian Luna said. “He was working to get open and he was demanding the ball.
"When you have a guy like Harley … you’ve got to just give him the ball and let him do his thing.”
Ruder consistently made strong plays in the post, shooting 13-for-21 from the floor, and he was not shy about passing out of crashing double teams.
“He always makes the right play,” Luna said.
Walsh added: “That guy is so active, he’s very creative. … He’s a tough matchup for us.”
Kendall Small led Ocean View with 25 points, ande Dillon Reise added 12.
After trailing early, Ocean View turned up its pressure defense and flipped a five-point deficit into a 17-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Ocean View (4-3) led by nine in the second quarter before Huntington Beach (5-2) began chipping away at the deficit, cutting it to just one at half and taking over the lead in the third quarter.
“We weren’t clicking on the offensive end and unfortunately it leaked over into out defensive effort,” Walsh said about giving away the lead. “At the end of the day they really wanted it more than we did.”