The Edison boys' basketball team ripped off four straight wins to take the championship of the La Quinta Tournament.
The Chargers took top honors Saturday by edging Aliso Niguel, 50-49, in the tournament final. Senior guard Corey Foster led all scorers with 22 points, and senior guard Dreon Barlett contributed 17 points. Barlett was named tournament MVP and Foster, freshman guard Derek Molina and senior guard Cade Hernandez all made the all-tournament team.
Edison scored tournament victories over Servite (62-57), host La Quinta (69-36), Corona del Mar (62-59) and Aliso Niguel.
"We played hard from the very start, and as a team the whole tournament," Edison Coach Rich Boyce said of the Aliso Niguel game and winning the title.
The Chargers improved to 6-0 Monday by defeating Lakewood, 57-48, on the opening day of the Irvine World News Tournament. Barlett topped all scorers with 31 points and Foster scored 20. They suffered their first setback of the season Tuesday in a 69-40 loss to El Toro at the tournament. Barlett and Foster scored 18 and 13 points, respectively.
The Irvine World News Tournament continues Thursday and Friday and concludes Saturday.
The Warriors nabbed third place last week at the Viewpoint Tournament in Calabasas. They dropped their opener, 77-60, to eventual tournament champion Valley Christian of Cerritos but then won their final three games by defeating Malibu (48-44), Crossroads (77-52) and Hueneme (61-30).
Junior post Mamadou Ndiaye and senior guard Billy Bryson were selected all-tournament. Ndiaye had a monstrous game against Crossroads with 40 points, 24 rebounds and six blocked shots, Coach Jon Bahnsen said.
"The team started to click toward the end of the tournament, as we are still learning how to play together with a 7-5 player (Ndiaye) on the floor," Bahnsen said.
The Barons made it to the finals of the Valley Christian Tournament on Saturday where they fell, 60-45, to a veteran South Torrance team.
Fountain Valley, which had shot well from the field in its previous three tournament games, wasn't as sharp from the floor in the final. The Barons were only six of 28 from three-point range and trailed by five at the half. The Spartans took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter. Senior guard Zack Richartz had 17, senior forward Nathan Moss 10 points with eight 8 rebounds, and senior guard Sean Myers was "hobbled by a bad ankle," Barons Coach Roger Holmes said.
Sean Myers and junior guard Josh Armstrong were named all-tournament.
Fountain Valley started the tournament red-hot, hitting 11 three-point shots in a 74-34 blowout of Bellflower. Armstrong was four of five from three-point range and led the way with 17 points and had three assists. Richartz scored 12 points, Moss 10, junior forward Sean Finley had nine points and nine rebounds, and Myers six points and four assists.
The Barons turned in a solid performance in their second game and scored a 58-38 over host Valley Christian. Myers had 13 points, six assists and six rebounds, Moss 12 points and nine rebounds and Armstrong 12 points and three assists. In their third game, the Barons blazed their way to a 46-18 lead on California and went on to score a 68-44 win over the Condors. Richartz hit four of the Barons' nine three-point shots and finished with 16 points. Junior forward Tanner Trounce was seven of 11 from the floor and scored 14 points with six rebounds, Armstrong chipped in with 11 points and Finley had nine points and eight rebounds. Myers suffered a sprained ankle in the game and sat out the second half.
Fountain Valley returns to the court next Monday to host Segerstrom in a 6 p.m. nonleague game.