Newport Harbor High senior Brian Robb is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.

Newport Harbor High senior Brian Robb is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week. (Scott Smeltzer | Daily Pilot / December 14, 2012)

The league championship goes through the Griffins. Los Alamitos has claimed the Sunset League title or shared it every season since the Sailors joined the league.

Only six teams have beaten the Griffins in league the last six seasons. Robbs can say he was part of last season's Newport Harbor team that upset the Griffins, handing them their only league setback.

Robbs is one of five key players back from that squad. The others are senior center Kevin Rakestraw, junior guard Nic Sargeant, senior guard Zach Wade and senior guard Robbie Rettig.

"We just learned a lot from last year with everything that just happened," said Robbs, referring to the coaching situation with Hirst and at one point going almost two months without a win. "With all the obstacles that we faced during that year, we've come together as a team.

"[Torribio] has helped us a lot. He's an amazing coach. He teaches us a lot on and off the court. He's outgoing, has a sense of humor, and is great to be around. You can have a good conversation with him and it doesn't have to be about basketball."

With the Sailors off to their best start in seven seasons, Robbs and Torribio are talking a lot about hoops.

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Brian Robbs

Born: April 11, 1994

Hometown: Costa Mesa

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 200 pounds

Sport: Basketball

Year: Senior

Coach: Bob Torribio

Favorite food: Spaghetti

Favorite movie: "White Men Can't Jump"

Favorite athletic moment: "Getting my first double-double at the [Coyote Class] this year."

Week in review: Robbs averaged 13.7 points per game during the Coyote Classic, leading the Sailors to a runner-up finish in the tournament at Buena Park High.