Newport Harbor High's Nic Sargeant is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.

Newport Harbor High's Nic Sargeant is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week. (Scott Smeltzer | Daily Pilot / January 24, 2013)

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."

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Nic Sargeant

Born: May 13, 1995

Hometown: Newport Beach

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 150 pounds

Sport: Boys' basketball

Year: Junior

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.

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