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Hart blows out Kaiser in second round of the playoffs

Posted: February 25, 2014 10:56 p.m.
Updated: February 25, 2014 10:56 p.m.

Hart's Andrew MacArthur, right, steals the ball form Kaiser high defender Henry Norman in the first half of Tuesday's game at Hart High School.

Game tape, stats and word of mouth serve as many teams’ scouting reports come the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

And if Hart boys basketball learned anything from its three days of study, it’s that Kaiser High of Fontana relies heavily on its guards to get the ball rolling.

On Tuesday, Hart attacked those guards and played smothering defense to get its ball rolling and that helped lead to an 81-34 bashing of the Cats at Hart High in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIA playoffs.

“We knew we wanted to pressure their guards in the beginning,” said Hart starting guard Frank Lonsinger. “We took them out of their comfort zone and their game.”

Hart (26-2) forced nine turnovers and outscored the Sunkist League champion Cats 30-10 in the first quarter.

Indians senior guard Lewis Stallworth, who started the game with an alley-oop dunk from Lonsinger, scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter.

The game was such a blowout he played less than 50 percent of the second half and didn’t score after the second quarter.

Eleven Hart players scored and the Indians forced — emphasis on forced — 23 turnovers in the game.

“We saw them on tape. We knew how good they were. I knew they were physical, but they were more physical than I thought,” said Kaiser head coach Jarel Perry.

Sophomore forward Armani Dodson led the Cats (17-7) with 15 points, but scored 11 of those points in the second quarter.

The Indians only gave Kaiser one window to come back, as they were scoreless through the first 3:45 of the third quarter.

However, the Cats managed only two points in that time frame to cut the Hart advantage to 51-28.
The margin never shrunk.

Davis Koppenhaver scored 19 points for Hart off the bench and Lonsinger added nine. Myles Franklin scored eight points.

David Rowden scored five of Hart’s 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Now it’s back to studying.

Hart gets a 21-7 Tustin team that defeated Arroyo Grande 72-64 in double overtime on Tuesday.

The Indians will be on the road for the Friday game.

“We’ve got to be 100 percent engaged in practice,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly.


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