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Prep boys basketball: Fatigued in the final

Hart falls short in the championship game of the Hart Holiday Classic

Posted: December 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart point guard Myles Franklin (11) threads his way between players while staying in bounds during a game against Grant High on Friday at Hart High School. Franklin finished with a game-high 29 points.

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It was an inside-outside game Friday night at Hart High School.

That is, Hart High freshman point guard Myles Franklin dominated with mid-to-long range jumpers on one end, while Grant High’s 6-foot-7 inch center Gor Plavchyan took control in the post on the other end when the two schools met in the championship game of the Indian’s own Hart Holiday Classic.

In the end, the inside game of Plavchyan and the Lancers won out, as Grant pulled away from the Indians late in an 81-63 victory.

For most of the night, the game was a tight contest with Grant (10-3), taking its first lead with 4:43 left in the first quarter and never relinquishing it.

Hart (9-5), though, behind Franklin’s 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting, managed to hang around throughout and trailed 34-28 at halftime.

“I didn’t think (Franklin) could shoot like that,” said Grant head coach Howard Levine. “We were giving him some space. He’s very good — and he’s only a freshman.”

Out of the break, Franklin’s hot start continued as he scored 11 of Hart’s 19 third-quarter points.

Defensively, though, the Indians didn’t have an answer for the offensive production of Grant. The Lancers managed to extend their lead and go into the fourth quarter with a 54-46 advantage.

Plavchyan led the way for Grant with 27 points on 8-of-14 attempts, and shot 9-of-10 from the free throw line.

“(Plavchyan) really took over,” Franklin said. “(That affected our) inside shots. It affected us a lot. We had to try to limit him. We did a good job, but he’s a good player — they’re a good team.”

Travis Wilson added 14 points for the Lancers and Gurgen Harutyunyan scored 15 points — including seven free throws down the stretch to help put Hart away.

“We let (Plavchyan) get too many easy baskets in the paint,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “He’s good. We didn’t want to give him free dunks and he had four.”

For Hart, if Franklin was the star of the show, Austin Maly was the best member of the supporting cast.

Maly scored 19 points on 4-of-15 shooting — all 3-point baskets — including back-to-back threes to open the fourth quarter and cut the Grant lead to 56-53 with 7:03 to play.

The Indians, though, never got any closer, as the Lancers responded with a 13-3 run and weren’t threatened again.

For Hart, the effect of playing their fourth game in as many days appeared to take its toll. The Indians struggled to defend Grant during the game’s final minutes and went cold shooting down the stretch.

“We looked very fatigued,” Kelly said. “We played such a good game last night (against Knight in a 68-51 victory in the semifinals.) We’re pretty much a man-defense team, so we were playing on dead legs.”

NOTES: Maly received two intentional fouls during the game’s second half. Grant’s Harut Tarakchian received a technical foul and was ejected with 7:03 left to play for a hard foul during a transition play. The Indians’ Nico Cruz and Franklin were named to the classic’s all tournament team.

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