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Ocean View Tournament Of Champions: Santa Barbara
Loses To Surprising Horizon At Buzzer--(Dec. 13, 1998)

The only people who will be surprised by Horizon for the rest of the season will be those who either haven't been reading our stuff, or who haven't been over to see them at the Ocean View Tournament of Champions.  And that could be several out-of-state teams who will be traveling to San Diego for the Nike Holiday Classic from December 26-31 at five different sites in the San Diego area. 

But for those who have ssen them and who've been following our stories on the team, Saturday's win at the buzzer over Santa Barbara won't come as any surprise. Detric Watts rebounded a missed free throw with five seconds left, ran the length of the floor and scored a layup to give Horizon San Diego the win,  62-61 over Santa Barbara in the third-place game of the Ocean View Tournament of Champions yesterday.

Santa Barbara led 61-60 with five minutes left when the Dons' Tony Freeman was fouled on a rebound. He missed the front of a 1-and-1 free-throw situation.``Watts, the San Diego Division 5 player of the year, went the whole floor, ran over one guy and got the layup at the buzzer to win by one,'' said
Dons coach Jeff Lavender.

Freeman, who made the all-tournament team, led the Dons with 25 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. Senior Sean Kelley had a career-high 18 points. Brent Williams scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.``It was a great showing for our team,'' said Lavender.

Scoring for Horizon was  Zach Jones 14 (one three),  Trevor Jensen 12, Ryan Fellows 5 (one three), Wayne Bernard 11 (one three), Detric Watts 17, and Ron Coleman 2.   Santa Barbara's scorers were Bryce Maloney 2, Tony Freeman 25 (and one three pointer), Brent Williams 13 (3 three pointers), Craig Christ 3 (a three), Sean Kelley 18, Ben Shelton 0,  Justin Thompson 0, Filberto Curiel 0.

Consolation Championship

Jordan 70, Fontana 63--The Panthers (5-1), who saw their 10 point lead cut to just one with forty-five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, got
key free throws from Craig Calloway, Travon Bryant, and Greg Grant to help preserve the victory and the consolation championship. Bryant (19 points, 10 boards) was named to the all-tournament team while teammates Calloway (25 points) and Darren Peterson (10 points, 10 rebounds before spraining his ankle) also were bright spots for Jordan. Long Beach Jordan's complete scoring was Nick Tamaro 3,  Eric Gathrite 1,  Darren Peterson 10,  Craig Calloway 25,  Greg Grant 7,  Wilfred Lucas 2,  and Travon Bryant 20.  Fontana's scoring was Scott Anderson 12,  Joseth Dawson 17,   Baron Baker 14, Michael Stephenson 7, Jordan Walker 4,  Ray Hopes 2. Gary Holmes fouled out and there were three technicals assessed during the game, one to Baron Baker of Fontana, and two to Joran players Darren Peterson and Wilfred Lucas, respectively.

Scoring by quarters:

Long Beach Jordan 15 16 15 22 -- 68
Fontana 11 12 18 22 -- 63

Consolation Third:

Ayala 66, Inglewood Morningside--Marcel Burke of Ayala scored 10 points and added 8 rebounds and Daniel Sherman added 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (3-3) to victory. Jack May scored May 16, Daniel Sherman 7, Chasen Jones had 11,  Chris Pacana scored 18, Marc McCoy had 4.  For Morningside,  Tracy Cathey scored 16,  Kenny Ellison had 2, Daniel Campbell had 3, Chrishawn Lawrence scored 15, Rafael Johnson score 2,  Ricky Rico scored  7 points and Dwayne Trotter had 14.

Scoring by quarters:

Ayala 14 18 18 16 -- 66
Inglewood 14 11 15 19 -- 59

Consolation Fifth:

Edison 66, Serra 63: Guard Garrett Golden scored 16 points to lead the Chargers over the Cavaliers

Consolation Seventh

El Modena v. Bishops-- we don't have a clue who won this game, which was played at 10:30 a.m. yesterday. None of the papers carried it in the box score, and it wasn't on anyone's online edition (not the Register, LA Times, or the Long Beach P-T).  So if anyone knows what happened, let the rest of us know too.   Just e-mail the result to

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