Warren boys basketball wins league title

DOWNEY - The Warren High School basketball team finished their season with an overall record of 22-6 and a league record of 8-2.The Bears were the 2013 San Gabriel Valley League champions and were seeded 16th, out of 32 teams, in the C.I.F. Division 1-AA playoffs. The Bears advanced to the second round of the C.I.F. playoffs by defeating Trabuco Hills 51-48 in their first round game at home on Feb. 15 before falling to Mater Dei 74-47 in the second round on Feb. 19. Warren finished seventh in the Long Beach Press-Telegram's final area top ten poll. The Press-Telegram recently announced their annual boys' basketball"Dream Team" and two Bears received recognition. Standout senior point guard Joseph Campos was selected to the second team and senior guard Michael Onyebalu was given honorable mention. Campos has been a three-time All-S.G.V.L. selection and was voted co-M.V.P, along with Downey's Dakari Archer, for his efforts this past season. Michael Onyebalu was a reliable scoring option for the Bears and provided solid defensive play as well. Downey also had two players receiving special recognition. Downey's Dakari Archer was selected to the first team and was voted co-M.V.P. alongside Warren's Joseph Campos. Viking senior forward Aaron Wallace was given honorable mention. Archer was injured early in the season and the Vikings felt his loss. Once healthy however, Archer led the Vikings to a 7-3 second place finish in the San Gabriel Valley League. Dakari Archer averaged just under 22 points and 4 assists per game. Wallace provided valuable scoring and played solid defense as well. Other San Gabriel Valley League players receiving special recognition were second team selections senior guard E.J. Johnson of Dominguez, junior guard Malachi Hoosein of Gahr and honorable mention senior guard Ryan Hart of Gahr.

********** Published: April 18, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 01