In its first full week of its 2013-14 season, the Brethren Christian High boys' basketball team went undefeated and in the process won the first tournament it has entered.
The Warriors, ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division 5AA, won the Calvary Baptist Cougar Classic by defeating Desert Christian, 67-56, in Saturday's championship game in La Verne.
Brethren Christian wasn't the only local team to take a tournament title last weekend. On the girls' court, Huntington Beach won the Fountain Valley Hoop Challenge, and Ocean View won its division at its own Hawk Holiday Classic. Additionally in boys' basketball, Edison won the consolation title at the Corona del Mar Tournament.
Sophomore forward Cameron Griffin scored a game-high 23 points in the Cougar Classic finale and went on to be named tournament MVP after Brethren Christian's win over Desert Chapel. Senior guard Caleb Keller had 13 points, and junior guard Brandon Bryson contributed 12 assists and nine steals in the title game.
Keller and junior forward Guy Demazeliere made the all-tournament team.
BC ended its first week of the season with a 4-0 record.
"We started our season off well by winning the tournament," BC Coach Jon Bahnsen said. "Our defense was solid the whole week and we got balanced contributions from different players offensively throughout the four games."
The Warriors entered their second tournament of the season, the Loatella Tournament, Tuesday, and overpowered Anaheim, 81-56, at Loara High. Keller scored 21 points and had nine rebounds, and junior guard Nate Dang came off the bench to hit three three-point shots and finish with 14 points.
"We played extremely well offensively, shooting 55% from the field and 48% from three-point range," Bahnsen said. "We also shared the ball well with 19 assists coming from eight different players."
BC continues pool play at the Loatella Tournament at 5 p.m. Friday, taking on Kennedy. The tournament concludes Saturday.
•Huntington Beach won the Hoop Challenge crown Saturday at Fountain Valley High by defeating La Jolla Country Day, 44-35, in girls' basketball action. Senior guard Stephanie Louie hit three three-point shots and led the Oilers with 13 points and freshman forward Frankie Wade-Sanchez scored 12 points.
Country Day was ranked No. 2 in the CIF San Diego Section.
Huntington started the season tied with Canyon Country Canyon at No. 4 in the Division 1A preseason poll.
Wade-Sanchez made the all-tournament team, which was headed by tournament MVP Paola Roa. The Huntington senior guard scored 13 points in a Dec. 12, 42-38, upset semifinal win over Orange Lutheran, the preseason No. 2 team in Division 2AA.
"I am very proud of the girls toughness this year," Huntington Coach Russ McClurg said. "We are playing very good team basketball and the girls are coming together nicely. I know there are a lot of games left so we must remain humble and continue to work hard in practice."
The Oilers continued their early-season roll and won their eighth game out of the gate Tuesday by rolling past host Capistrano Valley, 67-23. Wade-Sanchez posted a game-high 21 points. Roa and junior center Morgan Potter had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
•The Ocean View girls' basketball team, preseason No. 8 in Division 3A, won all four of its games last week at its Hawk Holiday Classic. The Seahawks, competing in the Premier Flight Division, opened with a 68-9 blitz of Oxford Academy, defeated Dominguez, 52-38, and then ran past Laguna Beach, 67-31.
In the division's title game Saturday, Ocean View downed Western, 52-45. Sophomore guard Sally Morris scored 12 points and senior guard Deja Duke, who went on to be named MVP of the division, added six points for the Seahawks (8-1).