TORRANCE -- One of the two players the Huntington Beach Ocean View boys’ basketball team could not afford to lose, Avery Johnson, went down with an injury during the first quarter of Saturday’s Southern California Regional playoff game at El Camino College.
Luckily for the Seahawks, the other valuable piece of the puzzle, Anthony Brown, is doing just fine and keeping things close. The senior guard scored 12 points in the first half for an Ocean View unit that trails top-seeded Gardena Serra, 32-26, at the break in a Division III semifinal game.
Trouble is, it doesn’t appear as if Johnson is going to return. While Brown is playing well, it's unlikely he'll be able to win this game himself.
Serra has received contributions from seemingly everyone, starters and reserves alike. Vaughn Autry and Keith Shamburger have combined for 10 points. Marquise Lee came off the bench for the Cavaliers and played particularly well, scoring eight of his 12 points in the second quarter.