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Saugus boys stay on road; Canyon, WR pace girls field

The Day After hoops: Mixed results in first week

Posted: January 16, 2011 4:55 a.m.
Updated: January 16, 2011 4:55 a.m.
 

Saugus just played the first of three straight away games against Foothill League opponents.

And based on Friday night's result, the Centurions might be content staying on the road all season.

After all, Saugus didn't play a single home game before its league-opening 81-47 win over Golden Valley on Tuesday.

Then it was right back on the road and defeated Canyon 82-74 in an overtime thriller on Friday night.

"It's kind of funny, because I don't know that home court's going to do much for us," said Saugus head coach Derek Ballard. "We're so used to playing on the road."

With a 2-0 start to Foothill play, the Centurions continue their road quest against Hart and Valencia next week.

The matchup with Valencia on Thursday has the potential to be a clash of two league undefeated teams, with the Vikings also starting 2-0.

Valencia has done it despite being hit with an injury bug, most notably to its leading scorer Lonnie Jackson, who averaged nearly 30 points per game before suffering a foot injury.

The Vikings took another hit when senior Griffin Nichols hurt his hand on Tuesday against West Ranch.

Valencia is hopeful both players can return for next week's slate of league games, especially in Tuesday's rematch with Canyon.

Canyon got the better of Valencia in a 59-58 win on Dec. 11 in the Canyon Classic championship.

Canyon and Hart are in the middle of the pack with 1-1 starts in the opening week of Foothill play, but the Cowboys hold the edge after winning the head-to-head matchup.

Hart may carry some momentum into next week after snapping an 11-game league losing streak with a victory over West Ranch on Friday.

Despite starting 0-2, the Wildcats, who lost those two games by a combined four points, shouldn't be overlooked with 6-foot-6 forward Ako Kaluna starting to get healthy after suffering a hip injury.

Golden Valley lost two tough games this week, and it might be fair to say its a re-building year for the Grizzlies.

On the girls side, its Canyon and West Ranch with the early advantage in the league standings.

West Ranch put together two impressive home wins, beating Valencia by 12 points and Hart by nine on Friday.

Canyon staved off a scrappy Saugus team Friday to keep its Foothill record unblemished as well.

Its far too early to count out a team like Valencia though, which bounced back with a convincing 66-21 victory over Golden Valley on Friday night.

Vikings guard Lauren Spargo was the game's only double-digit scorer with 14 points.

Forward Faith Anumba added eight points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Vikings as well.

Based on Friday's results, it appears to be headed toward a tight race in the coming weeks.

 

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