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February 23, 2013

Bosco knocks off Ocean View in high-scoring contest

BELLFLOWER, Calif. - The outcome of Friday night's game between Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View was dependent on which set of stars aligned.

For Bosco, It needed its on-court stars, McDonalds All-America and UTEP-bound Isaac Hamilton, four-star junior Daniel Hamilton and five-star sophomore Tyler Dorsey, to be on point.

For Ocean View, well, it was hoping to thank its lucky stars if a victory was in the hand it was playing on the Braves' home court.

One star shone brighter than all, however, as Issac Hamilton scored 43 points in St. John Bosco's thrilling 89-87 victory over Ocean View in the CIF-SS Division IIIA semifinal game. With 10.9 seconds to play, class of 2015 recruit Kendall Small found himself on the free throw line, his Ocean View squad trailing 88-87, and victory just two simple free throws away.

Small missed both attempts from the charity stripe, but the Seahawks (23-7) were given another yet another chance to at least push the game into overtime.

With eight-tenths of a second left on the clock, Ocean View coach Tim Walsh drew up a back-door lob play intended for Dillon Reise, but the Bosco (23-6) defense got to the ball before Reise could get a hand on it and began its victory celebration with the Braves-faithful at center court.

Walsh said that Ocean View had to make shots in order to have a chance against such a good team, especially against the Bosco 2-3 zone.

It's doubtful that Walsh was expecting the Seahawks to shoot 19 of 35 from 3-point range, and surely he wasn't expecting Reise, who gets a majority of his points on the inside, to connect on seven of them. But Ocean View's stellar shooting performance.

Reise finished with 24 points for Ocean View, while Small had 12, sophomore Tyler Burch finished with 21 and Jelani Jackson had 20.

Dorsey, who finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists, also did a solid job of containing Small and keeping him out of the paint.

For Ocean View, its season is over, but the Seahawks showed that they are a team to be taken seriously next season.

The Seahawks will have four starters, Small, Burch, Reise and Jackson, returning next season, and will probably be eager to get another shot at Bosco.

The Braves move on to the Div. IIIA final against West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade.

Devin UglandDevin Ugland
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