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Prep basketball: Hogging the Holiday

Hart wins championship of its own Holiday Classic with defeat of Glendale

Posted: December 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Hart's Myles Franklin pulls down a rebound in the first half against Glendale High School. Hart won 72-56.

Lewis Stallworth scored a game-high 22 points, including 10 in the third quarter, to help the Hart boys basketball team pull away from Glendale, 72-56, in the championship game of its own Hart Holiday Classic at Hart High School on Saturday.

Tied 33-33 with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter, Stallworth broke away on a steal and scored on an easy layup before following up with a 3-pointer on the next possession to make it 38-35 Hart.

The Indians would never trail again.

“He’s just crafty. He gets in the lane and makes good things happen,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly.

Stallworth’s layup keyed a 39-13 Hart run to end the game and keep the Indians (15-0) undefeated on the season.

Hart came out of the gates hot, leading 10-2 and 16-11 early in the contest while exploiting a hole in the middle of Glendale’s 1-3-1 zone.

As the Nitros (4-7) improved their defensive spacing, they were able to close the gap on the Indians, rallying to tie the score at 28-28 at the half.

Glendale guard Vahe Aristakessian led his team, scoring 21 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Arthur Terzyan had 10 rebounds and Stephan Arakelyan scored 13.

“We weren’t taking bad shots, just rushed shots,” Kelly said of the close of the first half. “When we got in the middle. They had to collapse.”

And that paid dividends in the third quarter.

Hart hit four third-quarter threes, led by Stallworth and Luke Maly to seize momentum with a 41-35 lead.

Guard Myles Franklin scored 16 points for Hart and Nico Cruz scored 11 and pulled down six rebounds. Frank Lonsinger scored nine points on three 3-point shots.

“Always concerned,” Kelly said of the game. “We’ve got to play hard for 32 minutes, not just for 12 minutes.”

On Saturday, though, Hart got away with it and remained perfect on the season.

The Indians will put that record on the line Wednesday when they host Rio Mesa at 7 p.m. before opening up Foothill League play with rival West Ranch at home on Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m.


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