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Hart hoops still perfect in league

Posted: January 28, 2014 10:40 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2014 10:40 p.m.
 

The last team to defeat the Hart Indians in the Foothill League was the Canyon Cowboys.

And the Cowboys nearly made it back-to-back.

But with the bitter taste still in their mouths from last year’s defeat, the Indians prevailed, defeating Canyon 59-55 Tuesday at Hart High to remain undefeated and in first place of the Foothill League.

“We had a bunch of motivation because they beat us on our home court last year to knock us out of league,” said Hart senior forward Davis Koppenhaver. “We just came out and fought tonight and we won.”

Last season, the Cowboys beat Hart 62-61 in the Foothill League season finale, which cost the Indians a share of the league title.

But Hart (18-2 overall, 5-0 Foothill League) wasn’t going to let lightning strike twice in a row.

Despite struggling from the field earlier in the game, Hart senior guard Lewis Stallworth had a game-high 16 points, including two clutch baskets and two free-throws in the fourth quarter.

Hart junior guard Myles Franklin added 12 points.

Koppenhaver chipped in with 10 and went 2-for-3 from 3-point range.

The Indians led by as many as 12 in the third quarter, but the Cowboys charged back to cut the score to 50-48 with 3:49 to play in the game.

However, Stallworth answered with five straight points to push the lead up to 55-48.

The Cowboys (19-3, 3-2) had opportunities at the free-throw line down the stretch, but they failed to convert.

“We missed free throws,” said Canyon head coach Sean DeLong on the difference in the game. “If we just make our free throws it’s a different story.”

As a team, the Cowboys went 7-for-21 from the stripe, including 3-for-12 from in the fourth quarter.

Canyon senior guard Mark Bell led Canyon with 14 points behind a 4-for-7 performance from downtown.

Forward Dean Hendrix-Davis and guard Marc Cabrera each contributed 11 points for the Cowboys.

“They played a lot harder than we did,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “I think we got lucky to get out of here with a win.”

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