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Foothill League boys basketball: Fire lit, Indians take off

Hart boys wake up after a sluggish start to hand Grizzlies their 13th straight Foothill loss

Posted: January 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

For a few minutes on Tuesday night, the Hart High boys basketball team was being outworked and outhustled by Golden Valley at Hart High School.

And then they picked up the intensity.

After falling behind by five points in the first few minutes, the Indians forced six turnovers in the opening frame and rattled off an 11-point run to pull away for good in a 91-60 victory over the Grizzlies.

Hart sophomore guard Lewis Stallworth put on a clinic from the field, shooting 11-of-14 for a game-high 29 points — including 14 points in the opening quarter.

Sharp-shooting guard Austin Maly chipped in 16 points for the Indians (12-7, 2-1) and freshman Myles Franklin scored 11 points.

“After the first three minutes we were happy with our effort,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “We didn’t come out with a whole lot of fire.”

It was after those first three minutes that Stallworth, Maly and the rest of the Indians began to pull away.

Hart led 27-18 after the first frame and extended that lead to 51-31 going into halftime.

The Grizzlies (5-14, 0-3) picked up their intensity on the defensive end early in the third quarter as they tried to mount a comeback.

Golden Valley forced Hart into five turnovers in the first 2:05 of the quarter, but couldn’t pull closer than 51-36.

Guard Chris Benitez led the Grizzlies with 13 points, with Jon Antipuesto scoring 11 points and Nick Billy and Wade Rodriguez each scoring nine points.

“We came out a little complacent in the first couple minutes of the third quarter,” Kelly said. “But we answered their run with our run.”

That run saw the Indians increase their lead to 72-47 by the end of the third quarter.

“They hit their shots,” said Golden Valley head coach Myron Watkins. “I think they had about 10 threes. If we (stop) those threes it’s a different game. We didn’t think they would be this hot tonight.”

Hart shot 9-of-16 from 3-point range, with Stallworth knocking down a game-high five 3-point shots.

Golden Valley, which is in search of its first league victory in 13 tries, will have to contend with Canyon on Friday — the league’s lone unbeaten team.

Hart travels to Valencia where Kelly said they’ll have to play even better on the defensive end than they did Tuesday.
“We’ve got to play good post defense,” he added. “Because (Valencia is) humongous."

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