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Edison International Tournament:
Final Results--(Dec. 13, 1998)

The Edison International Tournament featured an all-Orange County cast of characters, not an international field. So when did the Edison company (the power people) change their name to "Edison International?"   We're not sure, and it really doesn't matter much, but what does count is that Brea Olinda won the title game.   The tournament ran all last week, and featured the Brea Wildcats;   the Canyon (Anaheim) Commanches;  the Capistrano Valley Cougas with Nate Hair (6'-4" Sr. SG/SF) who has signed with USC, J.J. Sola (6'-8" Sr. PF) who has signed with Loyola Marymount, and Mike Stowell (6'-4" Sr. SG/SF) who hasn't yet signed with anyone but who will be a major prospect for some good D-I school; the Cypress Centurions, the El Toro Chargers, the Katella Knights, the Kennedy (Orange) Fighting Irish, the Los Alamitos Griffins, the Magnolia Sentinels, the Newport Harbor Sailors, the Servite Friars, the Sonora Raiders, the Trabuco Hills Mustangs, the Tustin Tillers, the Villa Park Spartans, and the Western Pioneers.  In short, most (but not all) of the "better" teams in the Orange County Region.  Of course, there was still this little thing going on over at Ocean View which featured OV, Mater Dei and a few other "big name" schools from not only Orange County but all over SoCal.

Championship Game:

Brea Olinda 61, Newport Harbor 36--Was the competition really that unbalanced that a championship game could end up with a score like this?  Or is Brea Olinda just this good?   Newport Harbor was thought to be a surprisingly good team, and they got to the final by upsetting Capistrano Valley, which is ranked by the Orange County Register as the No. 2 team in the County.  Is Brea that good, and does this mean that Capo will really struggle this year? We don't know, but we do know that Kyle Dodd (6'-0" Sr. PG) once again showed that he should be a D-I player by impressing those who attended the Championship game yesterday. Dodd scored 24 points to lead the Wildcats, and even with the absence of Chris McMillian, last year's star point guard who graduated and is now at Montana, Brea will still be a huge factor in Orange County this year. In addition to Dodd's 24 points he dished out eight assists, and two blocks to lead the Wildcats to a 61-36 blowout of Newport Harbor in the championship game Saturday at Anaheim Convention Center.

It was Brea Olinda's fourth consecutive victory since losing to Julius Barnes' Rowland of Rowland Heights in the season-opener. Newport Harbor was never in the game. Brea Olinda jumped on Newport Harbor right from the beginning, scoring a 10-0 run, and then opening up a 16-8 lead during the second quarter. The Wildcats outscored Newport Harbor, 21-6, in the second quarter. The Wildcats connected on 5 of 6 three-point attempts in the second quarter to open a 19-point margin.  Dodd, who was voted the tournament's MVP, hit for 12 points in the first half, including eight points in the final 1:26 of the half.

Brea (4-1) was quicker and more dominant in all facets of the game. The Wildcats took control in the second quarter, running off 12 unanswered points to take a 28-11 lead. Brea finished the quarter with five three-pointers and built a 33-14 halftime lead.   Newport continued to struggle in the second half and the Wildcats never let up. The assault continued in the third quarter. When Dodd buried another three-pointer with 41 seconds left, Brea led, 49-23. Brea Olinda's Jerett Skrifvars, who was selected to the all-tournament team, added 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Wildcats held Newport Harbor's leading scorer Dustin Illingworth to just five points. Matt Jameson led the Sailors with 11 points. The Sailors fell to 4-1 on the season. Newport Harbor (4-1) just couldn't match Brea's hot shooting . The Sailors made 13 of 39 field-goal attempts.

Third Place Game:

Trabuco Hills 66, Villa Park 65-- Brothers Brennan Martin and Brandon Martin combined for 22 points as the No. 8 Mustangs squeezed past the Spartans to capture third place. Sophomore Matt MacGinnis scored a game-high 26 points, including four three-pointers, for Villa Park. The Spartans (3-3), who trailed by as many as 10 points, rallied to pull within a point and had the ball with 14 seconds left in the third-place game. But Adam Keith's 12-foot jumper with four seconds left fell short and Trabuco Hills (4-2) got the ball back with a second to go. 

Fifth Place Game

Capistrano Valley 65, Los Alamitos 60--The Cougars (4-1) got 27 points from J.J. Sola and 17 from Nathan Hair to outlast the Griffins (3-3) in the fifth-place game. Andrew Pleick scored 25 points and Ron Prettyman had 16 for the Los Alamitos (3-3).

Seventh Place Game:

Cypress 52, Katella 66-- Guard Matt Tisthammer scored a game-high 21 points and Don Carey added 15 points as the fifth-ranked Knights beat the
Centurions in a seventh place game at the Anaheim Convention Center. Alphanso Stovall had 18 points for Century.

Eleventh Place Game:

El Toro 62, Magnolia 49-- Sophomore Ken Tanaka had 23 points to lead the Chargers past the Centennials in the 11th-place game.

Consolation Championship:

Tustin 57, Sonora 51-- Junior Chris Chatman scored a game-high 23 points for the fourth-ranked Tillers as they defeated the Raiders in the consolation
championship game. Robert Abrey had 15 points for Sonora. These two preseason top-10 teams figured to have a shot at making the championship game, but didn't and they fought it out in the consolation final with Tustin overcoming a nine-point halftime deficit to win.   The Tillers (4-2) outscored the Raiders, 22-8, in the third quarter. Junior Chris Chatman, one of four Tustin players in double figures, led all scorers with 23 points. Sonora fell to 4-2.

Katella 66, Cypress 53--Matt Tisthammer scored 21 points for Katella (6-2), which stopped a two-game losing streak in a consolation game.

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