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Indians lay out visiting Camarillo

Dominguez leads the way with 22 points in the first day of tourney

Posted: December 26, 2008 10:25 p.m.
Updated: December 27, 2008 4:55 a.m.
 
Inside Hart basketball's locker room, a message was written on the white board - "attack the rim."

Message sent, message delivered.

The Indians (9-4) dispensed of Camarillo Friday night in the first round of the Hart Holiday Classic 75-49 at Hart High.

Senior forward Parker Dominguez led the Indians with 22 points, 12 coming in the first quarter.

Hart started the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back.

The Indians scored 40 of their first 52 points off layups.

"They weren't playing as aggressive as us," Dominguez said of his opponents.

That was immediately evident.

Dominguez managed to score at will in the first quarter, as did senior wingman Ben Kimble.

Kimble scored the other eight Hart first quarter points as the Indians took a 20-10 lead.

Hart emptied its bench by halftime and continued to mow over the Scorpions' defense.

"They were ready to play, we weren't" said Camarillo head coach Mike Prewitt.

Camarillo (4-8) was led by forward Thomas Reilly, who scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Nine different Hart players scored.

Kimble added 12.

The Indians play Los Angeles High at 7:30 tonight.

Indians head coach Tom Kelly said there was no talk coming into this tournament about Tuesday's last-second 68-67 loss to Reseda in the championship game of the San Fernando Valley Invitational.

Photographs shown to The Signal clearly showed that the winning layup was made after the buzzer.

Nonetheless, Kelly and Dominguez both said there is little motivation carrying over from the emotional loss.

"All we said after the game is, ‘Learn from it,'" Kelly said.

There is potential in the Hart Holiday Classic of a rematch with Golden Valley before Foothill League play begins.

The Indians defeated the Grizzlies 63-60 in the semifinals of the SFV Invitational Monday.

"We prepare for anybody," Kelly said. "If it happens, it happens."

If it does happen, it tips both Hart's and Golden Valley's hands before league starts and leaves little room for surprise.

Maybe not what each squad wants.

cosborne@the-signal.com


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