Last season, in the Sailors' first meeting against those same teams, they lost by a combined 58 points. Last season is one Sargeant says the Sailors don't talk about because it was a bad season, all the losing.
The program already has three more wins than it recorded all of last season. Newport Harbor could've had a couple of more victories this season, if not for dropping a couple of nail biters.
The Sailors' most heartbreaking loss was the league opener. They were at home, only to fall to Edison, 67-65, on a buzzer-beater. Sargeant expected the game to go into overtime, after he knocked down a three to tie the game with five seconds left, giving him 20 points.
With 1.9 seconds, Edison, on an inbound play from half court, ran a backdoor lob and it worked to perfection.
Sargeant and the Sailors will see Edison on Friday at 7 p.m. The teams start the second part of league. Torribio says his Sailors are in a must-win situation at Edison, as they are the rest of the way in league.
"I think we'll get a few upsets, surprise some people," said Sargeant, believing the Sailors are going to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
"If we pull out two or three wins, then we're going to play someone [in the postseason] who maybe we'll be a little better than or equal to. We'll probably go on the road, but nobody's going to want to play us."
Born: May 13, 1995
Hometown: Newport Beach
Weight: 150 pounds
Sport: Boys' basketball
Coach: Bob Torribio
Favorite food: Burger
Favorite movie: "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"
Favorite athletic moment: "Beating Los Al last year … and handing [the Griffins] their only loss in [Sunset League play]."
Week in review: Sargeant averaged 24.5 points and 3.5 three-pointers per game in two Sunset League games, including a 72-49 blowout win at Marina, the Sailors' first league victory.