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West Ranch keeps Hart winless in Foothill League

Yumul leads team in scoring with 22 points to help Wildcats snap two-game losing steak

Posted: February 5, 2010 10:54 p.m.
Updated: February 6, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 
The West Ranch boys basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated the visiting Hart Indians 72-64 Friday night.

“Our guys needed to feel good,” said West Ranch head coach Sean LeGaux. “We were right there until the end in league. It’s nice to get a win.”

Hart (5-20, 0-8) suffered its tenth straight loss and hasn’t won a Foothill League game this season.

“It was the same old thing,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “We got down early and had to try to dig ourselves out of a hole.”

Hart guard Roman Delgado tried to get his team out of that hole, scoring more than half his team’s points — a game-high 33.

The Indians’ troubles, though, started early, when West Ranch went on a 15-2 run with back-to-back 3-pointers by Anthony Yumul and Alex Lucas to lead 20-9 at the end of the first quarter.

The Wildcats were in control throughout the game, building their biggest lead to 14 points at 61-47 midway through the fourth quarter.

A major key for West Ranch was its ability to hold onto the basketball.

West Ranch turned the ball over eight times in the contest, compared to its season average of 20 per game.

“We took good care of the basketball,” LeGaux said.

Hart battled back with just over a minute left in the game, coming within six points at 66-60 after Delgado hit three free throws.

But West Ranch hit all of its free throws in the last minute.

The Wildcats (12-12, 3-5) had four players in double figures. Yumul scored 22 points, Elias Lucas had 16, Ako Kaluna chipped in 13, and Dave Harris scored 11.

West Ranch was playing without skilled swingman Martin Flowers, who transferred to Valencia last week.

“I’m not going to get into details, but he decided he wanted to move on,” LeGaux said.

Hart is running out of time on the season.

The Indians will play Saugus on Tuesday and Golden Valley on Thursday.

The Wildcats will face rival Golden Valley on Tuesday and Canyon on Thursday to close out league play.

“We have two tough games next week,” LeGaux said. “They’re playing for league titles.”

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