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Prep boys hoops: Hart makes a point of its own

Indians make quick work of a Vikings team looking to cement itself as a title contender

Posted: January 19, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 19, 2013 1:55 a.m.

Hart's Stanley Wilder, left, guards Valencia's Kayode Wellington, center, during their game Friday night at Hart High School.

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They wouldn’t admit it, but the Valencia Vikings boys basketball team knew that a win against the Hart Indians at Hart High would have put in concrete that they are a legitimate Foothill League title contender.

But the Hart backcourt combination of Lewis Stallworth and Myles Franklin and the Indians defense refused to let Valencia prove any points at their expense.

Hart defeated Valencia 73-56, knocking the Vikings out of a first-place tie with West Ranch and into a second-place deadlock with the Indians.

Stallworth scored 23 points in the game on 10-of-25 shooting, though he was 6-of-10 in the second half.

Franklin scored 16 points.

“I believe we’re two of the best guards around and when we get going no one can stop us, but ourselves,” Stallworth said.

But Valencia head coach Rocket Collins said it was something else that stopped his team.

“They played some good defense and put pressure on us like nobody else,” Collins said of Hart (17-1 overall, 3-1 in the Foothill League).

The Hart defense really got going in the second quarter, forcing six Valencia turnovers in the period. The Vikings had zero in the first.

The Indians went on a 14-0 run that started with a Davis Koppenhaver 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter and finished on a Stallworth jumper at the 5:30 mark of the second quarter.

By that time, Hart was up 24-14.

Just a minute later, Valencia’s Jaleel Howard hit a runner to cut the lead to 24-19.

It was as close as Valencia (14-4, 3-1) would get in the game.

Valencia didn’t shoot well on the night, going 17-of-55 from the field.

Viking Riley Honaker scored 14 points, Howard had 13 and Angel Cardenas had 11 points off the bench.

Hart’s lead hovered near 15 for most of the second half as Franklin and Stallworth really started to heat up.

Stallworth’s jumper completed a 7-0 run to start the third quarter, as the Indians extended their advantage to 42-25.

Valencia could never cut the deficit under 12 points in the second half.

“There’s too much to name,” Franklin said on what specifically the Indians did to limit the Vikings’s offense. “They have great scorers, but that was the best our defense has played in a long time.”

Valencia’s defense wasn’t its usual self.

The Vikings have surrendered 60 points or more just four times this season.

Hart’s 73 points were a high against a Valencia team.

Koppenhaver was another contributor in that with 12 points.

cosborne@signalscv.com

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