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Hart hoops takes over its own tourney

Posted: December 30, 2013 10:29 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2013 10:29 p.m.
 

Hart boys basketball head coach Tom Kelly has a talented squad in Newhall this year, and it can run.

In front of a packed audience and with an NCAA Division I caliber prospect suiting up for the visiting Righetti Warriors, the Indians put on a show with a 78-57 victory to win the Hart Holiday Classic on Monday night at Hart High School.

“We just have a lot of depth,” Kelly said. “We want to play fast, and when it comes time for the other team to sub we can just keep going.”

Hart headed into Monday night’s game with the prospect of stopping Righetti junior wingman Cameron Walker, who became the talk of the tournament after leading the Warriors (7-5) past a highly-touted Village Christian team that many expected to see in Monday’s final.

Yet, while fans wanted to see Walker in action, Walker saw more of Hart’s guards than he cared to.

“We couldn’t keep up with their speed, their guards especially put a lot of ball pressure on me and it was disruptive,” said Walker, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the 44th overall prospect in the country for the class of 2015.

As Walker touched upon, Hart’s backcourt of Myles Franklin and Lewis Stallworth was dynamic.

After seven lead changes in the opening five minutes of play, the duo led the Indians on a 29-12 run to head into halftime with a commanding 39-24 lead.

“My relationship with Lewis has been the same as it always has, strong,” said Franklin, who finished with 19 points. “This team can be really good, the coaches have us watch a lot of film and we pay attention to the little details. A lot of details.”

Stallworth contributed to Franklin’s big day with a 23-point performance, but the biggest difference between Hart (9-1) and the Warriors was how balanced the Indians’ attack was.

Walker scored a team-high 20 points for Righetti, but only teammate Francisco Platero was effective in helping relieve the scoring burden. Platero tied Walker with 20 points and the two accounted for 70 percent of their team’s total offense.

“We got beat by a better team. That’s really what it comes down to,” said Righetti head coach Kevin Barbarick. “We ended up doing too much standing around and waiting for Cameron to do something, and that was obviously trouble for us.”

Outside of their only loss to Westchester, Hart has been dominant this season. The Indians led by as many as 30 points on Monday night.

ernie@signalscv.com

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