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Foothill League boys basketball: Indians grind out win over G.V.

Hart holds off a pesky Golden Valley team in the second half to remain in third place

Posted: February 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.

There’s not pleasing these Foothill League teams.

In a game that featured two teams with two different sets of expectations, neither Hart nor Golden Valley was thrilled with the result.

Golden Valley gave Hart all it could handle, but the Indians ended up with a 70-59 victory on Friday at Golden Valley High School.

The final score was about all Hart head coach Tom Kelly was happy about.

“We’re going to go back to Hart and practice,” he said after the game.

Hart (15-9, 5-3) came into the fourth quarter with a 56-40 lead, but the Grizzlies (5-19, 0-8) furiously rallied, scoring seven points in the first 48 seconds of the frame and eventually closing to within seven points.

“It’s a relief,” said Hart point guard Myles Franklin of the final score. “At the end of the day, if it’s all negatives, that’s one positive.”

The freshman scored 13 points and made five key free throws in the fourth to help seal it.

Despite Golden Valley issuing a full-court press nearly the entire quarter, Hart made enough free throws and came up with just enough rebounds to hold off the upset-minded Grizzlies.

“We got a little tired at the end and made some silly turnovers,” said Golden Valley head coach Myron Watkins. “We missed a lot of easy layups.”

Austin Maly led the Indians with 14 points, which were also mostly accumulated at the charity stripe.

Ultimately, that’s how Hart was able to overcome 21 turnovers and a poor shooting performance of just 37 percent.

“We wouldn’t make one more pass to get a better shot,” Kelly said. “We’d say, ‘I want my own shot.’”

Up until Hart’s 12-0 run to finish the third quarter, the game was in doubt most of the way.

The Grizzlies came out firing and jumped in front 18-13 by the end of the first quarter thanks in part to seven Indians turnovers.

Golden Valley guard Chris Benitez caught fire, scoring the last five points of the frame on his way to a game-high 15-point performance.

Joey Quintanilla chipped in 11 points and turned in an impressive defensive performance.

“Even this late in the season, they could have quit, but they played hard,” Watkins said of his players.

In response, the Indians called upon their guards to drive to the basket and put pressure back on the Grizzlies’ defense.

By midway through the second quarter, Hart had taken over the lead and by halftime, that lead was 35-32.

Golden Valley never tied or led after that.

In its last two league games of the season, third-place Hart hosts Valencia and first-place Canyon.

“The road doesn’t get any easier,” Kelly said.


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