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Hart hoops cruises to win over G.V.

Posted: January 21, 2014 10:54 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2014 10:54 p.m.
 

The Hart Indians boys basketball team is tough to beat.

But that task becomes even more difficult when it scores the first 13 points of the game.

The Indians sprinted out of the gate against the Golden Valley Grizzlies en route to an 84-61 victory Tuesday at Hart.

The Indians (15-2 overall, 3-0 Foothill League) led 13-0 after at the 5:05 mark of the first quarter, and extended the lead to 25-10 after the first quarter.

“It’s real important,” said Hart junior guard Myles Franklin of the quick start. “We know we have to come out and defend every night, and that’s what we did.”

Using the full-court press, the Indians forced Golden Valley into 26 turnovers, including eight in each of the first two quarters, which prompted a 52-23 lead at halftime.

Offensively, Hart used a balanced attack in which three players reached double-figures in scoring.

Six Indians contributed seven points or more.

Franklin led Hart with 13 points, while forwards Davis Koppenhaver and Andrew MacArthur each added 11.

Guard Frank Lonsinger scored nine points, Max Fladby had eight, and UTEP bound Lewis Stallworth chipped in with seven, including a one-handed dunk on a fast break, and a two-handed alley-oop off an inbounds play.

“Our strength is our depth,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “We can run, we can play fast, slow, quick, big. We can play small. It’s a good problem to have.”

Senior point guard Tristan Peralta led the Grizzlies (7-10, 0-3) with 15 points, while sophomore forward Derek Schlossman dropped in 13.

Peralta went 3-for-5 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line.

Schlossman knocked down 4-of-5 shots from behind the arc, which marks back-to-back games he has hit at least four 3-pointers in a game.

Golden Valley outscored Hart 24-10 in the fourth quarter.

“We play hard no matter what the score is,” said Golden Valley assistant coach Robert Clark. “No matter what the score was, or what the outcome may be, we just want to keep playing hard. We want to play hard and grow, and that’s the culture we’re looking to create.”

Golden Valley head coach Dan Alon experienced chest pains at halftime and did not return to the floor.

Clark and Hart administrators said that paramedics met Alon in the looker room, and later transported him to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

As for his team, Golden Valley will match up against West Ranch on Friday, while Hart will play at Valencia, which is also undefeated in Foothill League play thus far.

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