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Valencia boys run past Canyon

Vikings blow out Cowboys in first meeting

Posted: January 21, 2014 10:56 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2014 10:56 p.m.

Valencia's Dakota Abbott (5) shoots a 3-point basket in the first half of the Vikings' win on Tuesday at Valencia.

If this is Valencia Vikings boys basketball, Foothill League favorite Hart will have its hands full on Friday.

Valencia defeated the Canyon Cowboys 81-49 on Tuesday at Valencia High in what was one part track meet and other part shooting clinic.

Canyon (18-2 overall, 2-1 Foothill League) came into the game winners of 15 straight games.

So with those factors, did the Vikings show that they are a contender for a league title?

“You saw it. I guess it did,” said Valencia head coach Rocket Collins. “But I’m not one who goes out and talks about it.”

Valencia (16-4, 3-0) shot out to an 8-0 lead early and never trailed in the game.

Through the first three quarters, Valencia shot 70 percent from the field (28-for-40) and made 12 3-pointers.

There was never a need for a shot clock on their end as it rarely, meaning a couple of times, reached single digits.

“I think we have potential to do this against every team if we play like this defensively,” said junior guard Dakota Abbott, who led all scorers with 20 points. “Our defense creates offense.”

Canyon turned the ball over 20 times in the game and got caught playing Valencia’s run-and-gun game early.

The Cowboys couldn’t keep pace and fell behind 22-13 after one quarter and 44-26 after two.

In the third quarter, they still couldn’t adjust and were outscored 31-10 in the frame.

“I don’t think we played together,” said Canyon head coach Sean DeLong. “I didn’t do a good job preparing them and they didn’t do a good enough job being prepared.”

DeLong said specifically that his guys played more of a one-on-one game.

He couldn’t say if that’s because some guys tried to shoulder the load out of panic, but said too many turnovers were another issue.

Canyon shot just 29 percent from the field in the game.

The Cowboys were led by Dean Hendrix-Davis with 13 points.

Marc Cabrera had 12.

Canyon guard Ben Taufahema drew his third foul midway through the second quarter and he settled for seven points.

Abbott scored all of his points off the bench.

Malik McCowan was a force for the Vikings on both sides of the ball and finished with 15 points.

Angel Cardenas was Valencia’s spark plug early and scored nine of his 15 points in the first quarter.

Valencia hosts Hart on Friday.


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