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Prep boys hoops: Hart mounts a rally

Indians erase deficit and win in overtime

Posted: January 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

With one of its top scorers, Lewis Stallworth, lying on the ground holding his ankle, and down nine points on the road to Saugus, the Hart High boys basketball team wasn’t willing to roll over.

Luckily for Hart, the Indians have another explosive offensive weapon on their roster.

Sophomore Myles Franklin scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a layup to give the Indians their first lead since the second, and Hart completed a furious rally to win 78-76 in overtime on Friday night at Saugus High School.

After rolling his ankle with 3:47 remaining, Stallworth returned for the end of regulation and hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 16.7 seconds remaining to pull within 65-64.

Then, fittingly, Saugus (10-9 overall, 0-2 Foothill League) turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds play, one of 29 turnovers on the night, throwing the ball straight to Franklin, who gave Hart (15-1, 1-1) its first lead since 18-15 with an uncontested layup.

“Coach always preaches defense wins championships,” Stallworth said of forcing the turnovers with a highly aggressive, pressing attack. “Our effort boosted us.”

Saugus wasn’t finished, though, as Jacob Tobon went to the line for a one-and-one after being fouled on a defensive rebound with just 5.5 seconds left down two points.

“It was a lot of pressure on the line,” Tobon said. “Both crowds were chanting pressure. I knew I was going to knock them down.”

And he did, tying the score at 67-67 to force overtime.

In the extra period, it was Stallworth and Franklin leading the way again, scoring all 11 of the Indians’ points.

Stallworth led with 33 points and Franklin added 30 points.

Chris Lockwood led Saugus with 14 points, while Jeff Ashburn added 13.

Both teams felt like they missed an opportunity to pull away early on.

With the score tied at nine after one quarter, Hart’s defense forced nine turnovers in the second, but the Indians shot just 19 percent in the frame to Saugus’ 56 percent, allowing the Centurions to take a 24-18 halftime lead.

“It was like there was a lid on the basket in the first half,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “It was 9-9 in the first quarter and we end up with 78. Where was that?”

Saugus meanwhile, pointed to one reason for letting the game slip away: “Turnovers, definitely,” Tobon said. “We’ve got to take care of the ball better and we’ll get them next time.”

Friday night, though, belonged to Hart.

“We told the kids to steal the road games, and we stole one tonight,” Kelly said.

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