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Indians set up rematch

It’s Hart and Golden Valley in Holiday Classic final

Posted: December 29, 2008 9:43 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2008 4:33 a.m.

Indians guard Ben Kimble takes a 3-pointer as Palmdale's Anthony Gonzalez guards Monday at Hart High in the Hart Holiday Classic.

Palmdale's boys basketball team supplied all the acrobatics - dunks, reverse layups and alley-oops.

But Hart's team supplied the win.

The Indians defeated the Falcons of Palmdale 77-61 on Monday night to advance to the championship game of the Hart Holiday Classic where they will play Golden Valley.

From the opening tip, the Indians dominated the contest.

Easy layups and Falcons miscues gave Hart a 21-14 lead by the end of the first quarter.

It was an all Indians (11-4) show from there on out.

Palmdale (6-6) would however, go on an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter cutting an Indians 20-point lead to 61-50.

Two consecutive Hart turnovers and back-to-back layups from Palmdale's Anthony Gonzalez closed out the run.

At that point, Hart head coach Tom Kelly sent in reinforcements.

Kelly put his starters back in to get a hold of the game.

"I worry 32 minutes a game," Kelly said. "Whether we're up big or down big, I worry the whole time."

Once the Indians got the ball and the game back in their hands, they didn't look back.

Senior Parker Dominguez led the Indians squad, scoring 24 points - 14 of which came in the first half.

"I always play to win," Dominguez said. "I try to play as hard as I can."

For most the contest, Dominguez was doubled-teamed in the paint. The 6-foot-4-inch forward went to the free throw line six times in the contest shooting 10-of-12.

One of those free throws came on the heels of a Falcons flagrant foul.

"He's our glue guy," Kelly said of Dominguez. "He goes after everything whether we shoot it or the other team shoots it. He gets to the basket and draws a lot of fouls. He's a fierce competitor."

And getting the team to the free-throw line is simply apart of Kelly's scheme.

"Our whole emphasis is attack the rim and try and get the other team in foul trouble and not live on the perimeter." Hart kept Palmdale out of reach the entire contest. The Falcons would come as close as six points early in the second quarter.

The Indians' offense divvied up points across the board with multiple players in double figures.

Guard Patrick Abbott finished with 16 points while Ben Kimble and Joe Inemer both added 12.

Hart will face Foothill League-mate Golden Valley tonight at 7:30 in the championship game.

This will be the second non-league meeting in a tournament game for the two clubs.

The Indians defeated the Grizzlies 63-60 in the San Fernando Valley Invitational on Dec. 22.

"(Golden Valley) is very athletic," Kelly said. "We're going to have our work cut out for us."


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