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Hart backcourt in good hands

Transfer Abbott joins returner Wyche to form versatile guard tandem

Posted: July 6, 2008 1:32 a.m.
Updated: September 6, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Hart High's Parker Dominguez drives in the lane for a dunk during the first half versus Chaminade High on Saturday, during the Hart Classic Basketball Tournament at Hart High. Dominguez, a 6-foot-4 forward, scored 10 points to help Hart to a 56-26 win.

There will always be a lot of turnover on high school basketball teams, which often leads to a lot of turnovers, especially in the summer.

With combo guard Brad Wyche returning and another quality guard, Patrick Abbott, coming back to the Santa Clarita Valley after spending two years in South Carolina, the Indians backcourt will be solid with the ball in their hands.

Hart coach Tom Kelly hopes the added versatility will allow his team to push the ball up the court more this year.

Either Wyche, who led the Indians with 13 points in a 56-26 win over Chaminade on the first day of the Hart Summer Classic Saturday, or Abbott, who scored five, can play the lead spot and can shoot well enough to be a two-guard.

Abbott, along with Joe Inemer, another transfer, join key returners Wyche and power forward Parker Dominguez on an Indians squad that should contend for the Foothill League title.

"We need everybody to learn everything and to build team chemistry," Kelly said.

Inemer and Abbott both played in the Indians program at one point, so there is some familiarity. Kelly isn't too concerned about how they'll fit into the system.

"They're both unselfish kids," he said.

Hart won its other game of the day as well, 57-24 over Highland.

Saugus not in rebuilding mode
Six top scorers are gone and so is the head coach, but first year coach Derek Ballard doesn't think this will be a rebuilding year for Saugus.

The Centurions were 10-2 this summer before running into Sylmar and falling 51-29.

They bounced back in their second game to take down Lancaster 43-42 in overtime. Leading returning scorer Mark Watanabe was fouled on a half court shot at the end of regulation and made two of three free throws to send the game to an extra period. Then he made one of two free throws with 3.8 seconds left in OT to give the Centurions a win.

Ballard, who replaced Jeff Hallman, has turned the style upside down.

Hallman took an assistant job at the Master's College. The slow ball-control team that finished second in the Foothill League is gone.

In is a squad that will run and try to get baskets off their defense.

"We're going the other way," said, Ballard, the junior varsity coach last year.


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