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The Day After Hoops: Vikes see gain in loss

New player makes tight Foothill race more interesting

Posted: February 5, 2011 10:25 p.m.
Updated: February 5, 2011 10:25 p.m.
 

Valencia boys basketball may have lost the game, but it made another addition to an already deep roster on Friday night.

Senior Martin Flowers saw his first action on the court since transferring from West Ranch a year ago, and he played as if he never missed a day.

Vikings head coach Rocket Collins said he only planned on playing Flowers for about eight minutes.

That was until he started settled into a groove, scoring 19 points and leading a near comeback for Valencia in the final minute of a 72-65 loss to Canyon.

“For him to score 19, I didn’t see that coming,” said Valencia head coach Rocket Collins. “But I did expect him to contribute.”

Despite his contributions, Valencia lost to Canyon for the third time this season and fell into a tie with the Cowboys for first place in the Foothill League, at 6-2.

In the final two games of the regular season and into the playoffs, the Vikings will have Flowers, who has patiently awaited his opportunity to play all season long.

“I think the addition of Flowers makes it easier for us now, especially now that they know he’s playing,” Collins said. “They’re going to have to prepare for another guy. The team they saw on film isn’t the same team they saw before.”

The first team that will have to prepare for the new Valencia is Saugus, which hosts a matchup between the two on Tuesday.

The Centurions are coming off a 49-46 escaping of Hart on Friday. It was the first time this season Saugus won a game while scoring under 50 points, but it was good enough to keep hopes of an automatic playoff bid alive.

At 5-3 in league, Saugus is alone at third place.

Trailing in fifth place is West Ranch, which snapped a three-game losing streak to beat Golden Valley 62-39 on Friday.
Though the Wildcats are 3-5 against Foothill opponents, they have lost the five games by an average of just 4.2 points.
They’ll travel to Canyon on Tuesday, and Hart hosts Golden Valley.

While the Canyon girls relish in their clinching of at least a share of the league title, the battle for second place rages on.

The Cowboys hold a two-game lead in the standings with two to play after it downed Valencia 53-43 to complete the season sweep.

It dropped Valencia into a three-way tie for second place at 5-3 in Foothill play.

West Ranch and Saugus are the other two trying to catch Canyon, with both winning on Friday.

The Wildcats knocked off Golden Valley 70-34 behind Angie Avila’s team-high nine points. Teammate Kaylie Fandino also had eight points and nine rebounds in the contest, which snapped the team’s three-game losing skid.

West Ranch has perhaps the most difficult finishing schedule among the three teams at 5-3, with a road trip to Canyon looming on Tuesday and Saugus following in Thursday’s finale.

One thing is for sure, the three teams won’t be tied after Tuesday when Saugus hosts Valencia.

The Centurions have won four in a row, including Friday’s 61-50 victory over Hart.

Saugus power forward Megan Dawe recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

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