Los Angeles Preps: Southern Section Division 2AA

LA North and Orange County: Ventura 56, Mission Viejo 55 OT

March, 5, 2011
3/05/11
3:54
PM PT
ANAHEIM -- Jared Wilson lined up with his feet positioned just beyond the 3-point arc and waited. He hoped the ball would eventually swing his way. And when it did, there was no hesitation.

Given the all-important opportunity, the senior hoisted up a shot. It ended up dropping too, giving the Ventura High boys' basketball team a one-point lead with less than two minutes left in overtime of a Southern Section Division 2AA championship game against Mission Viejo.

The basket was indeed pivotal. It provided the Cougars all the momentum they would need en route to a 56-55 title-clinching victory at the Anaheim Convention Center.

“Jared has made some big shots for us and that was a big one,'' Ventura coach Dan Larson said. “This was a great game with both teams giving 100 percent till the very end.''

Top-seeded Ventura (29-2) and second-seeded Mission Viejo (29-2) went back and forth in the fourth quarter, with the lead exchanging hands several times.

Dylan Houck hit several timely free throws for Ventura.

James Cramer countered for the Diablos. He knocked down four consecutive free throws, each more important than the last, to send the game into overtime.

Houck and teammate Jon McMurry put the game out of reach by making a combined four straight free throws in the waning moments.

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LA North and Orange County: Edison 53, Simi Valley 43

February, 18, 2011
2/18/11
10:45
PM PT
SIMI VALLEY -- If you successfully stop Dylan Garrity, chances are, you stop the Huntington Beach Edison boys' basketball team.

Using an effective box-in-one and a particularly stifling triangle defense, among others, Simi Valley did a relatively good job of containing the 6-foot senior point guard during Friday night's Southern Section Division 2AA second-round game.

In the end, however, Garrity did just enough, though it should be noted he had plenty of help along the way in a 53-43 road victory.

“We didn't want Garrity to get off and score a bunch of points against us, so we tried to cut off the head of the snake. It didn't work,'' Simi Valley coach Christian Aurand said. “I think we did what we wanted too and took him out of the game. The other guys made us pay, and sometimes in basketball, that kind of stuff happens. It's out of our control.''

All signs pointed to Edison (26-2) being in trouble given the that fact Garrity scored two points the first quarter. The bucket was rather dramatic though. He scored on a layup at the buzzer to extend the lead to 16-12 heading into the second quarter.

Jonathan Davis did his best to keep the score close early for the Pioneers (20-8). His two-handed dunk cut the deficit to 9-6 with 3:30 left in the first quarter. The George Washington-bound senior scored eight point in the first eight minutes of play.

Ultimately, it didn't matter as Kris Wolfe picked up the slack. The senior ended up scoring nine points by the time the first quarter had ended.

Shortly thereafter, Dreon Barlett got things going, in a hurry, and scored eight consecutive points to give the Chargers a 23-12 lead with 6:17 remaining in the first half. All told, the junior forward scored 11 of his 16 points in the second quarter.

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