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Hart basketball cruises at Hart Varsity Summer Games; Trinity falls to C.V.

Posted: July 6, 2013 9:04 p.m.
Updated: July 6, 2013 9:04 p.m.

Hart's Lewis Stallworth, center, shoots against Verdugo Hills during the Hart Varsity Summer Games tournament at Hart High School on Saturday afternoon.

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It was scoring by committee for Hart High on Saturday as the Indians knocked off Verdugo Hills 73-43 in their first game of the Summer Varsity Tournament hosted at Hart High.

All 17 of the Indians’ players saw time on the floor, with 14 of them adding their names to the scorer’s column after the final buzzer had gone off.

Verdugo Hills, on the other hand, only had seven players on its roster and obviously struggled to keep up with the constantly fresh Hart legs.

Hart employed an up-tempo, full-court press that gave the Dons fits from the opening tip. Verdugo Hills scored the opening basket in the contest, but after that point, it was all Hart.

The Indians went on a 13-0 run just a few minutes into the first half to go up 19-5 and never looked back. By the time the half ended, they had already built a 23-point lead, going into the break up 41-18.

The second half offered little change, as the Hart squad simply outmanned a tired Verdugo Hills side. With the Hart reserves getting plenty of playing time, the Indians managed to build a lead as large as 35 points. The final buzzer put an end to the blowout with the score at 73-43.

Despite the overall lack of competition, Hart head coach Tom Kelly was happy that every player on his squad had the chance put in work and get a few minutes on the court.

“I think everybody chipped in and did some nice things.” Kelly said after the game. “We don’t have a starting five, we just put five guys out to start the game and then anybody can come in and make a contribution.”

Senior guard Lewis Stallworth led all scorers in the game, tallying 25 points on 8-of-9 shooting. The Dons had no answer for Stallworth, who was clearly enjoying himself on the court.

Senior guard Luke Maly chipped in 11 points as the only other Hart player in double figures. Forwards senior Davis Koppenhaver and junior Justin Fortner also added six points each.

Senior guards Albert Marmol and Erick Esparza were the leading scorers for Verdugo Hills, each contributing 10 points.

Hart will continue play in the tournament today, with games against Hoover High at 1 p.m. and Burroughs at 4 p.m.

Crescenta Valley 50, Trinity 36

The proficient 3-point shooting of Crescenta Valley and an obvious size disadvantage proved to be too much for Trinity to handle on Saturday, as it fell to the Falcons 50-36 at Hart High.

Trinity kept the game within striking distance down the stretch, but could never completely chip away at the lead that Crescenta Valley had built in the first half.

The Falcons started the game on a 7-0 run and eventually built an 18-6 lead, their largest lead of the first half, just a few minutes into the contest.

The game looked to be firmly in Crescenta Valley’s grasp when Trinity came back with a run of their own, out scoring the Falcons 12-7 to enter halftime down 25-18 and with a little bit of momentum.

Trinity cut the lead down to four, 33-29, with under 15:00 left to play in the second half, but the play of Crescenta Valley big men senior Eric Patton and freshman David Heckman, who measure in at 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-4, respectively, made sure that the Knights would get no closer.

Crescenta Valley finished the game outscoring Trinity 17-7, coming out on top with a score of 50-36.

Patton finished the game as the high scorer with 13 points and Heckman was second for the Falcons with 11, while both players grabbed their fair share of second chance opportunities.

Despite the loss, Trinity head coach John Brooks was happy to see his team compete against a squad from a much higher division. Crescenta Valley plays in the CIF-SS Division IA and made the semifinals of last year’s Division IA playoffs, while Trinity plays in CIF-SS Division VI.

“We’re a Division VI team and all these teams here are Division II and III,” Brooks said. “This tournament is great for us, its great competition.”

Senior guard Spencer Klehn was the top scorer for Trinity, tallying 12 points, and sophomore guard Andrew Pabalan was very efficient shooting wise, adding six points on three of four shooting.

In total, seven Knights contributed to the teams scoring.

Trinity will be back on the court today with back-to-back games against Burroughs and Hoover starting at 2 p.m.





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