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Prep basketball: Plenty of work to do

Hart struggles in summer tournament

Posted: July 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart freshman Miles Franklin is surrounded by Chatsworth defenders in the first half on Friday at Hart High. Franklin added eight points and three assists.

 

The lower levels of Hart High’s boys basketball program have experienced a lot of success lately.

Now, the summer is helping those players transition to the varsity level.

The Indians took an early lead and received a team-high 10 points from Ben Johnson, but Hart couldn’t hold on in a 64-48 loss to Chatsworth on Friday during pool play of the Hart Varsity Summer Tournament at Hart High.

“Many of our players are underclassmen, so we are learning as we are playing,” Johnson said.

On Friday, the lessons included breaking the press, boxing out and sticking to their man.

“I think we are shooting the ball well, but we’ve got to get a lot better on the defensive and rebounding sides of the floor,” said Indians head coach Tom Kelly.

Those concepts were evident early on when Hart jumped out to a 16-8 lead midway through the first half.

Indians forward Davis Koppenhaver and Nick Cruz each scored four quick points, but before long, Chatsworth began to tighten up defensively.

Instead of settling for outside shots, the Chancellors started to find driving lanes with greater consistency and went into halftime up 29-25.

“We decided to play a little bit of defense,” said Chatsworth head coach Scott Switalla.

While Hart struggled to find its rhythm in the second half, the Chancellors came out on fire.

Spurred on by six points from Terrell Funches right out of the break, Chatsworth developed a comfortable lead and didn’t look back.

Funches finished with 23 points, while teammate Salvador Torres scored 11.

Cruz had eight points, Koppenhaver had six points and nine rebounds and freshman Myles Franklin added eight points, two rebounds and three assists.

“It’s really just coming together early before the season starts,” said Franklin of the team’s development.

The Hart Tournament continues today at Hart High School, giving the Indians further opportunity to give their young talent more time to grow.

“We are playing a lot of games and seeing who is developing,” Kelly said. “We are just trying to play different bodies.”

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