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Boys SCV Hoops Finale full of wild plays

Posted: March 29, 2014 10:49 p.m.
Updated: March 29, 2014 10:49 p.m.

Hart's Lewis Stallworth, left, dribbles the ball past Canyon's Marc Cabrera during Saturday's SCV Hoops Finale game at West Ranch High School. Stallworth was named MVP of the game.

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Granny-style half court shots, no-look passes, alley-oops and broken rims.

The Signal’s fifth annual SCV Hoops Finale on Saturday, held at West Ranch High, had a little bit of everything in it as Team Dark (seniors from Hart, Saugus, Golden Valley and Santa Clarita Christian) beat Team White (West Ranch, Canyon, Valencia and Trinity) 93-83.

The light-hearted game was full of wild shots, slick ball-handling and some back-and-forth between players as they competed to see who could make the next highlight play.

But the play of the night came just a second before halftime when SCCS guard Kamron Carroll found Hart’s Lewis Stallworth streaking in along the baseline for an alley-oop that bent the rim. The two would connect for another alley-oop again in the second half.

“We had been talking about what we wanted to do at our AAU practice,” Carroll said. “We were thinking about stuff for the dunk contest and in game. He wanted to go off the backboard during the game but I told him I didn’t think we would be able to.”

Granted, the rim was already broken, but Stallworth took pride in being the one to put it out of commission and give players on both teams something to remember in their final high school game.

“I’m just having fun,” he said. “It’s my last time to perform out here in front of the people of Santa Clarita. I just want to enjoy it with all the people who deserved it and all the seniors who are going out. It’s been a great experience.”

Lewis led Team Dark in scoring with 17, pulled down five rebounds and was named the game MVP.

Team Dark, leading 41-40 at the half, also had the third quarter’s highlight when Hart’s Frank Lonsinger took the inbound pass, dribbled to half court and stopped. With both feet planted on the half court line he banked in a granny-style shot for his only points of the night.

Not to be outdone, Team White’s Angel Cardenas from Valencia hit three 3-pointers in the quarter. He had 11 points, and led all scorers with 18, in the quarter and kept the Team Dark lead to 66-65 going into the fourth.

“I just wanted to win the game because Lewis started to get under my skin so I wanted to show him out a little bit,” said a laughing Cardenas. “But it was great to play with all the seniors, and playing on the same team as them instead of playing against them all the time. It was fun.”

The fourth quarter belonged to Stallworth, who scored nine of his 17, and Canyon’s Marc Cabrera.

Cabrera, who had eight in the quarter, was also the game’s slam dunk champion. He won over Stallworth with a dunk that he threw off the wall behind the basket and collected to throw it down one-handed.

In a game with essentially no defense, Team White’s head coach John Brooks of Trinity thought he had the answer.

“I told the guys that if we played just a little defense, we’ll win,” he said. “We didn’t play any defense. But they’re here to have fun and we want them to have fun. It’s pretty much just go out, have a good time and don’t get injured.”

Team Dark’s head coach James Mosley from SCCS had pretty much the same game plan.

“You just got to let them have fun,” he said. “They’re going to go out and do some stuff that they haven’t been able to do in a game before. But ultimately when it gets to the fourth quarter, you want to try to win. I was really happy with the guys. They all had a good attitude and we all had fun.”

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