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Hart basketball: Talent wins out

Young Hart squad overcomes early mistakes to defeat Littlerock

Posted: November 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart guard Austin Maly fires a 3-pointer against Littlerock on Tuesday at Hart High School. Maly hit nine 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points as the Indians overcame early mistakes to beat visiting Littlerock 92-77.

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Hart boys basketball is a team with plenty of youth and talent this season.

During the team’s season opener on Tuesday, both showed up.

Fortunately for the Indians, talent and depth helped overcome early mistakes in a 92-77 win over Littlerock High of Littlerock at Hart High.

Senior Austin Maly drained nine 3-pointers for Hart (1-0) on his way to a game-high 29 points in a game that turned into a track meet as time went on.

"We can work hard and we can play a lot of different styles," Maly said. "We are capable of winning in a lot of different ways."

This time around, it was done with pressuring on defense and scoring off turnovers.

It also helped that the Lobos (1-1) had just seven eligible players suited up and many of them got into foul trouble early.

By the end of the night, three players had fouled out, leaving Littlerock with just four players on the floor.

The biggest hit came with 7:00 left in the fourth quarter, when Littlerock’s leading scorer Matt Watts fouled out.

He ended up with 25 points to match his teammate Cody Phillips.

"We were right there," said Littlerock head coach Malik Reason. "But when you’re tired, you lose discipline, and that’s what happened."

The Lobos committed 22 fouls in the game compared to Hart’s 34.

Despite the fact that the Indians opened the game on a 9-0 run stretching to the midway point in the first quarter, the Lobos rallied back by getting to the foul line and applying their own version of defensive pressure.

By the 2:30 mark of the second quarter, Littlerock led 36-28, which it carried to a 38-37 halftime advantage.

The third quarter proved the turning point for Hart, which was able to survive the foulfest with its array of bench players.

"We’ve got to play much better defense without our hands," said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. "I think we had eight guys in foul trouble."

Maly, who had several open looks from the corner throughout the game, caught fire in the second half and scored 20 of his points after the break.

"They kept finding me," Maly said, "and luckily they kept trusting me because I missed a lot too."

Other than Maly, Hart’s young talent helped keep up the quick pace of the game, including sophomore Lewis Stallworth, who scored 18 points and freshman point guard Myles Franklin, who distributed the ball well and added nine points of his own.

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