Edison Boys’ Basketball Achieves Another Playoff Milestone With Victory Over Birmingham – Orange County Register

Edison Boys' Basketball Achieves Another Playoff Milestone With Victory Over Birmingham - Orange County Register

HUNTINGTON BEACH >> Two days after earning their first win in the CIF State Playoffs, Edison’s boys basketball team has shown no signs of slowing down.

The Chargers used a 17-2 third-quarter streak on Thursday that helped them defeat Birmingham 59-51 at Edison High in the second round of the CIF SoCal Division II Regional Playoffs.

Edison (28-5) will be on the road Saturday night to face Los Altos in the regional semifinal.

Senior forward Tyler Hampton scored a game-high 23 points for the Chargers, and senior Trey Wilborn added 17 points, including nine in the deciding third quarter.

Edison’s trainer, Rich Boyce, wasn’t surprised to see Hampton and Wilborn leading the way again.

“Obviously those two are our leaders, our top two scorers,” Boyce said. “When we needed something they both stepped up, so that’s what you expect from those two. They did it all year, so I knew they would make games and they certainly did.

Larry Olayinka, 6-foot-8, had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for Birmingham. Kory Blunt also had 16 points for the Patriots, who were the LA City Division’s Open Division semifinalists.

After the Patriots (18-9) opened the second half with a 6-0 run to go up 35-28, Boyce used a timeout. During the break, he told his team to get back to playing defense.

“I think they (Birmingham) only scored two points in the next six minutes,” he said. “So our defense was solid and we kept doing what we were supposed to do. We told them to run.

Wilborn started to warm up by doing a pullover, followed by a field goal from Dylan Hughes. A few possessions later, Wilborn had a chance to play 3-pointers but missed the free throw. Hampton was there to grab the miss and scored on a backhand to give Edison a 36-35 lead.

Larry Olayinka responded with a basket to put Birmingham back in the lead 37-36, but that was short-lived as the Chargers’ defensive intensity intensified and was coupled with their ability to knock down shots.

Wilborn drilled a 3-pointer to give Edison a 39-37 lead, then scored on his next time on the floor. Hugues and Hampton each added a basket before the end of the third quarter with Edison ahead 45-37.

The Patriots tried to come back but a pair of 3s from Hampton held Birmingham at bay in the fourth. Tyson Jackson (11 points) made a midrange jumper that brought the Patriots down to under six, but then Hampton made his first shot from beyond the arc to push back the Chargers lead to nine points.

After Olayinka made one of two free throws to make it a seven-point game, Hampton responded with another 3-pointer for a 53-43 lead with less than four minutes left.

“We’re pretty tested at the end of games, we’re making good plays,” Boyce said. “Tyler (Hampton) hit two big 3s for us, those were huge and then we hung on. It was just an exceptional win for us.