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Boys' Basketball: Sailors fall to Los Al

Griffins stay atop of Sunset League, as Newport Harbor misses opportunity to make noise in first round of league.

January 24, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

LOS ALAMITOS — Almost a week went by since the last time the Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team played a game. Would a delay hurt?

The Sailors stood around and waited for Friday's tip. The start time to the Sunset League game at Los Alamitos ran 25 minutes behind schedule. The Sailors hung around near one of the locker rooms and Coach Bob Torribio looked on from the side of the court.

"They got the Zamboni guy," Torribio said, referring to the man buffing the court while riding a machine.

The machine left behind water on the sidelines and baselines. Before the Sailors took the court, Torribio warned them, "Don't run on the blue. Stay on the court."

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Once the Sailors made it onto the court, they were on their own. They lost their footing right away against the Griffins, who went on to blow out the Sailors, 66-45, and remain undefeated in league play.

Los Alamitos (16-4, 4-0 in league) killed any chance of Newport Harbor starting 3-1 in league for the first time in seven seasons. Extra chances helped the Griffins, ranked No. 12 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA poll, win their ninth straight game.

By halftime, Los Alamitos grabbed nine offensive rebounds, leading to 13 points. The put-backs frustrated the Sailors, so much that it cost them points late in the first half.

The hosts took a 33-17 lead into halftime, thanks to converting four straight free throws with 1.5 seconds left in the first half. After Jack Kaub grabbed an offensive rebound and got fouled trying to score, the Sailors' bench argued the call.

One of the referees gave the bench a technical. Torribio couldn't believe the foul on Elliott Frye.

"Starting center on a [CIF Southern Section Southwest Division] football finalist and we thought a tough kid like that had a pretty good box out on one of their big guys and we thought [Kaub] went over the back," Torribio said.

The Sailors beat Los Alamitos in football. They stood no chance against the Griffins on the hardwood.

Eyassu Worku led the Griffins with 21 points, recording 10 of those in the first quarter. The sophomore guard made five of his first six shots, before picking up his second foul with 2 1/2 minutes left in the opening quarter.

Worku exited in the first quarter, as did Khalid Washington. With three seconds left in the quarter, Washington, a senior guard, earned his second offensive foul.

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