Kurtis Vu leads way as Ocean View refuses to surrender league lead to Garden Grove

GARDEN GROVE – After many years of being at the top of the Garden Grove League, the Argonauts are looking to take over the Golden West League this season.

But, despite losing all but two players from last season, the league still runs through Ocean View.

Kurtis Vu led the Seahawks with 21 points in a 70-63 victory over Garden Grove on Friday night at Garden Grove High.

The victory puts Ocean View (12-8, 3-0) alone in first place in the Golden West League.

The Seahawks had the tough task of trying to stop the big three for Garden Grove (17-3, 2-1), which includes Sebastian Castro, who is averaging 22.9 points per game. Castro only scored 17 points to go with his six rebounds.

While Castro was put to a stop in the second half, the Argonauts went to Jerry Martinez, who scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. Martinez also had four steals on the night.

Garden Grove took a 46-45 lead at the end of the third quarter thanks to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Daniel Ortega, but Vu lead the way in the final quarter to take the victory for the Seahawks.

“Our coach said we had to play hard defense,” Vu said. “We had to make sure we hit the boards because they’re solid compared to our lineup. We had to box-out and play great defense. We knew we could take the win.”

Kyler Torres scored nine points and Andres Ortega added seven points and five rebounds for Garden Grove, but the Argonauts only outscored Ocean View in the third quarter thanks to Connor Nguyen’s 13 points.

“We had some turnovers that hurt us,” Garden Grove coach Ken Frank said. “Nguyen is a tough kid to cover. We thought that we could neutralize him, but we are going to have to make some adjustments the second time we play them. We have to free up our three kids and give them a little space. They did a good job of jamming up our three kids. We have to get back to the drawing board. They were impressive.”

Vincent Caiazzo scored 12 points while grabbing six boards and Devon Vu added 12 points to go with his five rebounds for the Seahawks, which pulled through on a tough defensive assignment.

“It was tough all around,” Vu said. “They have three of the top five scorers in the league. We just had to do our best to try and maintain them, but they eventually get their shots.”

Garden Grove will travel to Segerstrom on Monday, Jan. 14.

Slater Miller scored seven points for Ocean View, which will host Godinez, a 59-47 winner over Western, on Monday, Jan. 14.

“Godinez will always take it down to five seconds on the shot clock,” Ocean View coach Jimmy Harris said. “They’ll run some defenses at you and try to bother you. We are going to have to maintain our poise and not have any silly turnovers. We just have to defend and outrebound them.”

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