By Christopher Abdelmalek
Perfection is a scary word to throw around about a sports team. Undefeated is another. When chasing a league title, the goal is to achieve these two conditions. Those were the expectations of the Seahawks of Ocean View High School (17-8 overall, 7-0 in league) as they faced their top rival the Argonauts of Garden Grove High School (21-3, 6-1) at home for the lead in the Golden West League on Friday night.
The gold and cardinal handed the boys in red and white their only league loss this year at home just two weeks ago. The Argos came in looking for revenge, but the Hawks clinched their claws onto the league lead with a 74-68 victory over the visitors.
Grove’s big three – Sebastian Castro, Jerry Martinez, and Andres Ortega – gave fits for the Seahawks defense all night. Their size and passing abilities kept the ball moving and in motion most of the game. “They are so good; those three guys are a hard cover,” Ocean View Coach Jimmy Harris explained after the game. “Our focus was obviously on the big three. We had some guys helping off their other plays. But they are making smart pass and smart screens.”
The defense gave them all they could but the big three still got their points. Castro heated up in the second half dropping 13 of his game-high 23 in the second half. Martinez dropped 11 of his 22 in the fourth quarter alone, and Ortega 10 of his 16 in the second half as well.
However, the Seahawks had a big three of their own tonight in Carson Nguyen, Kurtis Vu, and Vincent Caiazzo. The trio for the Seahawks Friday puts up 60 points combined. Caiazzo went into complete video game mode in the third quarter, hitting four of his game-high seven threes en route to 22 points over all.
Nguyen led the Hawks in free throw attempts tonight getting to line 10 times and converting six tries. He along with Vu finished with 19 points each.
“Giving us a little distance over Garden Grove is gigantic,” Harris said. “Any kind of advantage going into the last two games is awesome.” With a two-game lead in the league, the worst the Seahawks can do is finish with the same record as the Argonauts and a tie for the title.
The Argos (now 21-4, 6-2) next play Segerstrom High School (7-18, 3-5) at home on Tuesday. The Hawks (18-8, 8-0) will travel to play Godinez High School (11-15, 3-5) on the same night. Both games are scheduled at 7:15 p.m.
ALSO on Friday night, Santiago knotted up the Garden Grove League boys’ basketball race with a 65-56 victory over La Quinta. The Cavaliers and the Aztecs are now both 6-2 in league play, with Bolsa Grande and Loara each just a game behind at 5-3.
Here are Friday night high school basketball scores for schools serving the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Stanton-Westminster area. Results are posted as they become available.
- Ocean View 74, Garden Grove 68
- Laguna Beach 59, Huntington Beach 36
- Newport Harbor 55, Edison 40
- Marina 65, Fountain Valley 63 (OT)
- Loara 74, Los Amigos 52
- Bolsa Grande 74, Los Amigos 52
- Valencia 40, Pacifica 37
- Godinez 55, Western 50
- Santiago 65, La Quinta 56.
- Katella 42, Magnolia 25
- Pacifica 55, Valencia 42
- Rancho Alamitos 57, Bolsa Grande 24
- Garden Grove 56, Ocean View 51
Categories: High school sports