Judging by the way the first week in the 2013 Sunset League boys' basketball race had gone, it was apparent that no game was a "gimmie" for any team.
Just ask Edison.
The Chargers played their third-straight league game that went to the wire Friday and, just as in the previous two games before, against Newport Harbor and Los Alamitos, the outcome tipped in their favor. This time, it was by a 48-44 score at Marina.
For Marina, it was another valiant effort that came up just short.
"I thought they out-executed us all game," Edison Coach Rich Boyce said of the Vikings. "We came out sluggish and [Marina] played well. " We're just glad to get out of here with a win."
The Marina game was the fifth in eight days for the Chargers.
The win also kept Edison (13-7, 3-0 in league) atop the Sunset League standings with Fountain Valley. The Chargers and Barons played Wednesday but the score, along with the outcome of other Wednesday games, wasn't available at press time.
The first half of the Sunset race comes to an end Friday.
Edison has learned to win the close ones. On Jan. 9, the Chargers scored a key league victory when it knocked off defending Sunset League champion Los Alamitos, 67-62. They opened league play Jan. 4 and needed a last-second layup to get past Newport Harbor, 67-65.
Marina, meanwhile, gave another league opponent a tough battle. On Jan. 9, the Vikings fought Huntington Beach to the end but suffered an eventual, 54-43 loss. The two setbacks left them 0-3 in league and 6-13 overall.
"I think our guys are tired of moral victories and they deserve a win," Marina Coach Nick Racklin said. "We had our chances tonight but [Edison] hit a couple of big threes there at the end. Credit them for getting out and hitting those threes, and it was bad for us to not get out there and defend those shots."
Sophomore guard Derek Molina led Edison with 14 points and senior guard Brae Ivey finished with 12 points.
Marina senior forward Casey Hayes led all scorers with 18 points. Sophomore guard Gabe Cooper scored 12 points.
In previous league action Jan. 9, Edison upended defending Sunset champion Los Alamitos, 67-62, and Marina dropped a 54-43 game at Huntington Beach.
In Edison's victory over the Griffins, Ivey led all scorers with 25 points. Molina posted 16 points and senior guard Brodie Barton scored 12 points.
Marina was in a tight game with Huntington before the Oilers started to gain some distance in the third quarter in an eventual, 54-43 loss. Senior forward Hayden Winks scored a game-high 20 points for the Vikings.
Edison closes out the first half of league play with a 7 p.m. game Friday at Huntington Beach. Marina is in the midst of a five-game homestand and plays host to Fountain Valley, also at 7 p.m Friday.
Fountain Valley: The Barons remained undefeated in league play by pulling away in the second half against Los Alamitos to come away with a 59-47 victory over the visiting Griffins Friday.
Fountain Valley (15-4, 3-0), led, 22-21, at the half. Los Alamitos (1-2 in league) went in front, 35-30, in the third quarter, but the Barons closed out the quarter with a 13-0 run to go in front for good.