LOS ALAMITOS — Friday night’s Surf League Boys basketball game between Edison and Los Alamitos was one of those competitions where every possession was a struggle.
Edison was held off the field to a single basket in the first quarter. But in the second half, the Chargers showed they’re quite capable on defense as well, coming from behind to defeat the Griffins 42-33 at Los Alamitos High.
Edison kept the Griffins, who are ranked 10th in Orange County, at their lowest scoring of the season
With the win, the No. 15 Chargers (14-7, 2-0) have back-to-back away wins to start league play and are the only 2-0 team in the four-team league.
“They’re so talented offensively that we have to play good defense,” said Chargers coach Rich Boyce. “I’m not sure we could beat them, but we can crush them and we tried.”
Los Alamitos (15-6, 1-1) held the Chargers to four points in the first quarter.
If Jayden Oei hadn’t scored 10 of Edison’s 11 points in the second quarter, nine of those points coming from 3-pointers, the Chargers could easily have been far behind at halftime instead of just four points behind.
“I thought we played really well defensively the whole first half,” said Los Alamitos coach Nate Berger. “A few mistakes to give up 3-pointers. Almost close to keeping them at 10 or 11 in the first half.
The Chargers came back and held the Griffins to 14 points in the second half.
The contest turned as the Chargers opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run that included a 3-point run from Kaz Hampton to take a 22-19 lead, their first lead since going 3-2 -Advantage at the beginning of the competition.
Trent Minter’s shot and free throw leveled the score for Los Alamitos, and the teams essentially traded shots until Dylan Hugue’s shot and free throw helped Edison take a 28-26 lead into fourth place.
Hugues’ layup, which came from his own steal, gave the Chargers their first four-point lead early in the fourth game.
Later in the quarter, Hampton was fouled attempting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to give Edison a 37-32 lead with a three-minute remake.
From there, the charges started going away by converting at the free-throw line.
Edison hit five of six free-throw attempts in the last minute and eight of nine in the second half.
“I told the kids at halftime you’d be behind at four because you were making things difficult for them,” Boyce said. “The thing we keep emphasizing is to come up defensively every game and the kids have done that.”
https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/13/edison-boys-basketball-tops-los-alamitos-with-strong-defensive-effort/ Edison Boys’ Basketball beats Los Alamitos with strong defense – Orange County Register