If the Huntington Beach Ocean View boys’ basketball team is going to have any chance of upsetting top-seeded Gardena Serra in tonight’s Southern California Regional playoff game at El Camino College, let's just say that Anthony Brown must be at his best.
Make no mistake, the 6-foot-6 senior guard is capable.
More than capable, in fact.
Brown enters the Division III semfinal showdown, with the opening tip set for 7 p.m., averaging 17.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game. His statistics are impressive, no doubt about it, tops in most categories for Ocean View (29-4).
Whether those numbers are going to be enough remains to be seen.
We are, after all, talking about a tough opponent, the Cavaliers (31-2).
“What we’re starting to see from Anthony is, the bigger the game, the bigger the moment is, the bigger he plays,’’ Seahawks coach Jim Harris said. “He’s developed a knack for rising to the occasion. Honestly, that’s what is so great about this kid.‘’
“We have a heck of an opportunity against Serra and Anthony is a big reason why. He’s not a very vocal player, but he knows the game well. In some respects, he’s an extension of me, a coach, out on the court. He’s starting to figure that out.’’
Whatever Brown has been doing, it’s worked rather well. Don’t think that the powers that be haven’t noticed either. The recruiting services recognize him as one of the nation’s top 20 players at his position, and a top 75 prospect overall.
Division I scouts and coaches have been keeping tabs on him for quite some time. Several Pac-10 Conference programs approached him with scholarship offers. It should be mentioned that Florida and Texas expressed varied of levels of interest as well.
Ultimately, Brown decided that Stanford was the best fit.
“Oh yeah, we know all about Brown,’’ Serra coach Dwan Hurt said. “He makes them go. We’ll be paying close attention to him, definitely. If we can contain him, keep him in check, make the other guys around him try to beat us, we like our chances.’’
There you have it, the game plan to stop Ocean View. Stopping Brown will be key for the Cavaliers. Now, let’s see them go out and actually do it.