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Hart High’s Parker Dominguez scores 26 to lead team

Posted: January 27, 2009 9:16 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2009 5:00 a.m.

Hart's Patrick Abbott (3) battles Saugus' Mark Watanabe, right, during Tuesday night's game at Hart High. The Indians beat the Centurions 81-59.

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Hart and Saugus boys basketball entered Tuesday tied in the Foothill League standings, but the Centurions and Indians looked anything but equal as the teams reached the midway point of league play.

Utilizing its superior size, Hart (14-8, 3-2) defeated Saugus (10-11, 2-3) 81-59 at Hart High.

The Indians received 26 points from senior forward Parker Dominguez to lead a scoring attack that dominated the paint.

“I felt really good out there tonight,” Dominguez said. “We really played a good game as a team and did what we needed to do.”

Victory looked like it was far from a sure thing for Hart in the first quarter when Noel Mansour poured in 13 of his game-high 30 points as the Centurions held a 22-20 lead after eight minutes.

But Hart buckled down defensively in the second quarter, shutting out Mansour during the frame, and holding Saugus to eight points, while building a six-point lead at the break.

“What I was most pleased with was that we played hard the entire game,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “When you play in a league where any team can beat any team on any given night, that’s the biggest part of the battle.”

Saugus head coach Derek Ballard agreed that intensity was an integral part of the Indians’ win.

“We just didn’t stick with it tonight,” Ballard said. “We’re going to have to make adjustments and changes. On Friday the guys that want to play the most are going to get the most minutes.”

The minutes moved slowly during a physical second half. Both teams were in the bonus seven minutes of the third quarter, while Hart pushed its lead to 17 heading into the fourth.

“We handled their pressure well, which was a key for us” Kelly said. “Also, we played defense well enough to earn a victory.”

Hart’s swarming defense forced Saugus to shoot primarily from the perimeter, and the Centurions were unable to consistently hit enough jumpers to make a run at the Indians during the final period.

“Tonight is an example of how I know we can play,” Dominguez said. “We’ve got to play every night with no regrets.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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