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Vikings jump into fray

Jackson goes for 25 points, Kelfer hits key 3-pointer late

Posted: February 5, 2010 10:47 p.m.
Updated: February 6, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Valencia junior Lonnie Jackson, right, drives on Golden Valley defender Taylor Statham Friday night at Valencia High School. Jackson scored 25 points in the Vikings' 65-59 win over the Grizzlies.


The ground shook and with it, the Foothill League has been shaken up in boys basketball.

Valencia guard Jake Kelfer’s 3-pointer with 8.3 seconds left caused the home crowd to erupt and helped give the Vikings a 65-59 victory over first-place Golden Valley Friday night at Valencia High.

Now Valencia, Canyon and Golden Valley are tied for first place in the Foothill League.

“I knew the (shot) clock was down to two. I knew I had to shoot it and if I made it, it would ice the game,” Kelfer said. “As soon as I hit it, the crowd went crazy. ... We’re still in it.”

Golden Valley (20-5, 6-2), after an overtime win on Jan. 29 over Canyon, seemed to be in the driver’s seat for the Foothill League title, especially given the fact that the Vikings dropped their previous meeting with the Grizzlies 75-68 and followed that up with a loss to Canyon.

But Valencia (19-4, 6-2) has charged back with four straight victories.

The Trevor Wiseman-Lonnie Jackson battle finally gained steam early in the fourth quarter. Wiseman scored the first five points of the frame for the Grizzlies, giving them a 53-52 lead, their first since the 2:42 mark of the second quarter.

In the end, Jackson, who exploded for 13 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth, got the better of the matchup.

But it wasn’t because of his points.

It was because of one assist.

The Vikings held a 62-59 lead late in the fourth quarter and kept possession as the clock ran down.

Jackson dribbled up court on the right side and was swarmed by a pair of Golden Valley defenders.

He hurled a pass across the court to Kelfer who spotted up and drilled the 3-pointer.

“Preleague, I trusted my teammates. (In those two losses), guys weren’t cashing in,” Jackson said. “I kept thinking, ‘I’ve got to go to my guys.’”

Valencia received solid contributions from all over the place.

Seven different players scored.

A key to stopping Golden Valley, said Valencia head coach Rocket Collins, was making sure Wiseman didn’t have his way driving to the basket.

They gave him the jumper.

The result was a 7-for-18 night and 20 points for Wiseman.

Friday’s game marked the first time this season the Grizzlies lost with Wiseman scoring 20 or more points.

Golden Valley got off to a good start, leading 17-12 after one quarter, but was less careful with the basketball in the second quarter.
Jackson took advantage.

He led the Vikings back with three 3-pointers and Valencia tied the score 37-37 going into halftime.

Valencia built its biggest lead of the game at 48-41 midway through the third quarter with a Tanner Tredick layup.

Tredick scored 10 points.

Golden Valley kept cutting into the lead but was held to just one point in the final 3:30 of the game.

Taylor Statham scored 11 points and Robert Looper added 10 points for Golden Valley.

“I had to remind everyone (afterward) that we’re still in first place,” said Golden Valley head coach Chris Printz.

And Collins also reminded his players of something.

“Don’t jump up and down. We haven’t done anything yet,” he said he told his players.

Especially with Canyon on Tuesday.


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