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Prep basketball: Hart runs away in a rout

San Fernando is no match for the up-tempo hosts

Posted: December 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.

It took Hart boys basketball until about the halfway point in the first quarter to settle down.

Then, the Indians took care of the ball, played scrappy defense and never let San Fernando back in the game.

Hart ran away with a 73-34 win over San Fernando High on Tuesday in the first night of the Hart Holiday Classic.

“We defended a little better and it made the game easy for us,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly.

The last time the score was tied was at 7-7 in the opening frame, but Hart (8-4) scored the next 12 points to go ahead 19-7 at the 2:15 mark of the first.

That carried the Indians to a 39-21 halftime lead as they routinely scored in transition, often off San Fernando turnovers.

A total of 11 Indians players scored in the game, none more than freshman Myles Franklin, who led all players with 15 points. He scored 13 of them in the first half.

The Tigers (3-6) were led by Pedro Guzman’s 10 points but they struggled to get the ball in the basket most of the night, shooting just 30 percent.

“They were just hustling more than us,” said San Fernando forward Aldo Martinez. “They wanted it more.”

In the second half, Hart continued to build on the lead by outscoring the Tigers 20-7 in the third quarter to make it a 59-28 advantage.

At that point, the Indians were able to substitute most of their bench players.

Starting forward Nico Cruz scored 12 points for Hart while Don Chung came off the bench to score nine points, seven of which were tallied in the fourth quarter.

San Fernando struggled to get back on defense to defend Hart’s up-tempo style.

Even when the Tigers did score, the Indians often answered directly back.

“We always want to push the basketball,” Kelly said. “We think we have guys that can do something with it, so we’ll push it off a make or a miss.”

Guzman was San Fernando’s only player to reach double figures in scoring.

The tournament continues today for Hart, which plays at 7:30 p.m. against Reseda.


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